6 ULFA (I) militants surrender in Assam

TINSUKIA, Mar 19: Six hardcore ULFA (I) militants surrendered in Tinsukia district of Assam, following a joint operation conducted by the Indian Army and the Assam Police on Monday.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from them during the operation, informed Kohima-based Defence PRO, Col C Konwer, in a release.
The operation was conducted after getting information that some ULFA militants were hiding in the Tarani reserve forest area after having crossed the Indo-Myanmar border.
“They were cornered in the reserve forest area, and their families and friends were contacted by the security forces to motivate them to surrender. Ultimately, they surrendered,” the release said.
The militants have been identified as self-styled sergeant Barun Asom, LCs Saurav Asom, Utpal Asom, Bosonto Asom and Ninja Asom, and private Sekhar Jyoti Asom.
“They were seeking to carry out some specific activities in upper Assam during the elections,” Col Konwer informed.
The security personnel recovered three AK-81 rifles, two HK-33 rifles, one AK-56 rifle and 17 magazines from the militants.
Besides, 617 rounds of ammunition and a hand grenade were also seized from the militants, the release said. (With PTI inputs)