Union ministry of home affairs asked Dispur to ensure that the NDFB militants, who laid down arms recently, cannot keep any arms with them.

The Central government has reportedly asked the Assam government to launch a drive against illegal arms in the state.

The Centre has asked the state Government to ensure that no surrendered militant can keep any arms with them, Assam Tribune reported.

According to reports, the Union ministry of home affairs asked Dispur to ensure that the NDFB militants, who laid down arms recently, cannot keep any arms with them.

Over 1600 militants belonging to the four factions of the NDFB laid down arms recently but the possibility of some of them keeping weapons with them cannot be ruled out.

The security forces only have a rough assessment of the weapons in possession of the militant outfits and it is impossible to ascertain the exact number.

“That is why, during the surrender of weapons by such outfits, the Government is forced to accept only the weapons surrendered by the ultras,” the newspaper quoted MHA sources as saying.

MHA sources said though a huge number of weapons were surrendered by the militants belonging to the four factions of the NDFB, it is not certain whether all the weapons were deposited.

That is why, the police and security forces will have to keep a close watch on all the ex-militants to ensure that they did not keep any weapon or explosive with him, sources said.

Sources pointed out that in the past, there have been number of instances where surrendered militants used sophisticated weapons to indulge in acts of violence.

The investigation into the ethnic violence in the Chirang, Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon districts in 2012, there have been a number of instances where sophisticated weapons were used, which proved that former rebel did not deposited all their weapons.

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