Days after reports of some men from Karbi Anglong planning to join Banga Sena appeared in a section of local media in Diphu, a total of 28 Banga Sena cadres on Thursday surrendered before deputy commissioner (DC) of East Karbi Anglong district, Mukul Gogoi.
The surrendered cadres were taken to DC’s office by J.I. Kathar, a retired IAS officer and prominent Karbi leader on Thursday evening. It may be mentioned that none of the surrendered Banga Sena cadres belong to Bengali community- maximum of them belong to Karbi and other ethnic tribe.
According to one of the surrendered cadre Ramsing Killing, he was lured by one Haridon Das of Hatigarh, under Laopani Police
station of Nagaon district, to join the organization. Killing revealed that Das called the organization as ‘National Army’ which would pay him and other Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month after completion of training following their recruitment. Killing also revealed that Das had assured ‘free movement’ for any member of the ‘National Army’.
The surrendered Karbi cadres claimed they were not given any arms and that Muslims were also present in the organization. Superintendent of Police Karbi Anglong Debojit Deori who was present said that ‘Bangabhumi’ was formed by Chakma and Muslim leaders.
“We have surrendered today and we need protection from the district administration for us and our family members as there could be great threat to our lives,” one of them said. “They said that they were only told about Subhash Chandra Bose, sing and chant songs,” DC Gogoi said adding that “although norms were provided yet constant teaching about Subhash Chandra Bose, sing and chanting of songs could be the one of the beginning of indoctrination.”
“We have heard all of their statement and will therefore investigate into the matter and hopefully get into the bottom of it,” DC Gogoi added.