United Liberation of Bodoland militants Assam
The cadres United Liberation of Bodoland who surrendered on Wednesday. Image credit - Northeast Now

A total of 12 cadres, belonging to the newly-formed militant outfit, United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB), surrendered before the Udalguri superintendent of police on Wednesday.

The militant cadres surrendered in Badlapar tea estate under Dimakuchi police station in Assam’s Udalguri district.

A total of 12 militants surrendered along with arms in presence of Udalguri superintendent of police Hiranya Barman and other high-level police officials.

While sharing a video of the militants returning to the mainstream, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said with the surrender of the group, all members of the ULB have returned home.

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Chief minister Sarma tweeted: “Continuing our outreach to bring home youths from path of militancy, all the cadres of newly formed group United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB) have returned home today.”

The chief minister has welcomed the militants.

“We welcome them to join our effort to build a beautiful and prosperous Assam,” chief minister Sarma added.

Assam Police said, “We are delighted to have them back home.”

Taking to Twitter, Special DGP of Assam, GP Singh wrote: “Following the directions of Hon @CMOfficeAssam the @assampolice has motivated the cadres of newly formed United Liberation of Bodoland to return Home. We are delighted to have them back home. A welcome step towards peaceful, beautiful prosperous Assam.”

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief executive member (CEM) Pramod Boro, who also took to Twitter, said: “Appreciate the decision of all cadres & leaders of the newly formed ULB group to shun violence and return to mainstream today.”

“Thankful to Hon’ble CM Dr @himantabiswa for realising the vision of Hon’ble PM @narendramodi for a peaceful Assam & BTR,” he added.

The insurgent group was formed with the core demand of separate statehood of Bodoland and release of the founder chairman of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) Ranjan Daimary, who is languishing in jail after being convicted by a special court in the 2008 Assam serial blasts.

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