Guwahati, Oct.6 : In a major development in Assam, the dreaded militant outfit United Liberation Front of Barak Valley (ULFBV) disbanded itself with all its cadres joining the mainstream of the society this week.
ULFBV, which has been active in the Barak Valley for last seven years, has recently realised the futility of the violence. It has decided to lead a normal life henceforth getting an assurance by the State government of expediting development process in the region.
Located in southern region of Assam, Barak Valley is swampy plain interspersed with low hills and abundant natural resources.
The valley, however, remained disturbed for a long time due to the militant activities of the United Liberation Front of Barak Valley.
But a new chapter has opened in the lives of people in the Valley following the cadres joining the mainstream of the society.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured all the 305 cadres of ULFBV , who surrendered at a special ceremony their demands would be seriously considered. Besides they would receive help to lead a dignified life.
They were also assured that while the surrendering cadres would be supported to lead gainful lives in the days ahead, after three years they would become eligible to receive a grant of 1.5 lakh rupees.
Militants surrendered three AK-47 rifles, one M-16 rifle, many 303 bore rifles, 12 bore guns, many country made revolvers, grenades, magazines and a large amount of ammunition.
Pancharam Apeto, President of United Liberation Front of Barak Valley (ULFBV), said: "We have been assured by the government that our demands will be fulfilled. It's not worthy to waste entire life. We have faith in the government that they will definitely do something."
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: "Peace has come to the area. I am very happy that the United Liberation Front of Barak Valley has realized that there is no utility of arms struggle. Yes, there are areas where the problem of education, unemployment and health are still prevailing. We are very much concerned to solve all these problems, which can bring the peace so that more and more investment can take place in the State."
The returning of the militant cadres to the mainstream and the government's incentive for them has sent a positive signal to other active militant groups.
There are reports that DHD (Jewel Faction) and Karbi Longri North Cacher Hill Liberation Front, active in Assam, are also eager to join the mainstream. By Peter Alex Todd