The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Monday, December 31, 2012

ULFA militants surrender before Assam Police

Sivasagar, Dec 8 (ANI): Two militants, belonging to the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), surrendered before the police in Sivasagar district of Assam.
Bhaskar Nath and Vedant Barua handed over two AK81 rifle, along with two hand grenade, seven magazines, bullet proof jackets and several live rounds to the police on Friday.
Superintendent of Police, Sivasagar, Akhilesh Kumar Singh said that the police has given the militants an opportunity to return to the mainstream of the society.
"After one of our operations recently, the family members of one the militants requested the police to give them one chance. We have given them a chance and now they have surrender before us," he said.
Separatist movements have riddled India's remote northeast for decades.
Assam has been a focus of a separatist insurgency for decades, but it has also recently suffered bomb attacks blamed on Islamist militants operating from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, India's northeast is home to more than 200 tribes and has been racked by separatist revolts since India gained independence.
ULFA, the top militant group fighting in the country's remote northeast for almost three decades. The ULFA is one of the deadliest separatist groups in the northeast. (ANI)

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