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20 Mizoram militants surrender
Published on 9 Sep. 2010 11:34 PM IST
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Twenty separatist militants of the Bru Liberation Front of Mizoram (BLFM) outfit surrendered to the para-military Assam Rifles, police said here Thursday.
Formed in 2003, the BLFM, a separatist outfit of minority Reang tribals locally called Bru, was active in Mizoram and southern Assam, neighbouring northern Tripura.
“The militants led by their commandant Apit Branto surrendered to Assam Rifles’ 14-battalion commandant Ratnakar Trivedi at a simple ceremony early Thursday and deposited some firearms,” a police spokesman told reporters.
“This surrender would go a long way to restore peace and normalcy in south Assam and Mizoram, bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Assam Rifles officials said at the ceremony.
In April 2005, the Mizoram government and the militant Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) had signed an agreement after 13 rounds of talks to solve the decade-old ethnic crisis, leading to the surrender of about 1,040 militants of the BNLF and BLFM. But some BLFM and BNLF militants did not surrender at that time and continued their violent activities.
Both the rebel outfits have been fighting for setting up an autonomous council for the Reang tribals, a primitive tribe among the tribals in northeast India.
AAPSU urges CM to
flush out militants
ITANAGAR, SEPT 9 (PTI): All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today urged CM Dorjee Khandu to evolve a strategy to flush out militant groups active in Tirap and Changlang districts of the state. The apex students’ body led by its president Tatung submitted a memorandum to Khandu in this regard this morning so as to restore peace and normalcy.
“Every government employees in Tirap and Changlang districts have to pay certain amount of tax from their salary and the local people have to pay certain amount yearly as resident tax to buy peace from the proscribed Naga outfits,” Tatung alleged.
The AAPSU memorandum also demanded establishment of the proposed Arunachal Scout headquarters cum training centre at Kathan village in Lohit district which it said would be help to counter insurgency and refugee problems.
The other demands of the AAPSU include, renaming of Rajiv Gandhi University to Arunachal University, immediate release of students’ stipend and infrastructure development of all schools, Rs 200 crore special education package and creation of Jawaharlal Nehru College at Pasighat into a state university.
Besides, early execution of Green Field Airport project at Karsingsa, increase of seat reservation at North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) for Arunachal to 30 per cent, creation of Arunachal Regiment and white paper on various hydro power projects to be executed in the state.
The AAPSU set a deadline of 20 days for the government to address the issue and threatened to launch vigorous mass movement if its demands are not considered.

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