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Surrender policy of NE militants stopped
Published on 12 Apr. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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The Union Home Ministry has decided to discontinue the surrender policy of the North East militants, alleging that they did not lay arms but used the surrender policy for rest and recuperation before rejoining the mother organisation. According to a senior Home Ministry source, ‘’in the wake of repeated serial blasts, engineered by ULFA in Assam and increased militant activity, the Centre has decided to withdraw its militant surrender policy after the Lok Sabha elections.’’ The decision came as a rude shock to AGP, BJP, Congress and the All Assam Students Union (AASU), who refused to comment on the issue, UNI reported. The decision of not encouraging any more militant surrenders in the North-East was taken by the high-powered delegation comprising Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhran, Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta during its two-day tour of militant-hit Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. During the trip, the trio interacted with Army, Tezpur Commander Lt General K T Parnaik, Dimapur Commander Lt Gen R K Loomba, Assam Chief Secretary P C Sarma, Director General of Police G M Srivastava and top Intelligence Bureau and RAW officials. During the visit, DGP Srivastava informed the Union Home Ministry that the government policy of militant surrender was not working, as hardly any weapons were being surrendered, the source added. Around 10,000 militants, drawing from half a dozen militant groups, surrendered in the past two decades.

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