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Confusion looms large over exact number of BLFM surrenderers

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Aizawl, Oct 24 (UNI) Mizoram government is facing an uphill task of identifing the exact number of Bru Liberation Front of Mizoram (BLFM) cadres who were expected to surrender here on Friday.

BLFM, a spinster outfit of Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF).

On one hand, the Centre has sanctioned and approved the rehablitation package for only 757 BLFM cadres, which was listed by the Assam Rifles authorities, on the other the list of surrenderers has increased to more than 800.

According to highly placed sources here, after the announcement of the Central packages to the BLFM cadres, there was a sudden spurt in the cadre list.

As per the Centre's package, it has been decided to give Rs 40,000 to the surrendered militants as grant and they would be allowed to stay at government run camps in Damparengpui and Tuipuibari villages for a year.

Talking to UNI last evening, Superintendent of Police CID, Mizoram, Mr Lal Dhina admitted it was still unclear about the number of surrenderers and said ''final head count would take place after the arrival of all the cadres from Tripura''.

He also maintained that Mizoram government would throughly verify the identity of the cadres before the surrender parade.

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