Tura, Jan 22 (ANI): At least 5000 people today gathered to witness the surrender ceremony of 10 A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) rebels, who laid down arms at Samgrak village in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills.
The cadres took the decision to give up arms after an appeal was made by North Garo Hills Vigilance Forum (NGHVF). The move taken by the cadres were welcomed by the people.
The rebels laid down arms to DIG police western range S.S. Kynjing.
The surrender ceremony was attended by the legislator of Kharkutta Cherak W Momin, DIG police SS Kynjing, deputy commissioner of North Garo Hills SC Sadhu, superintendent of police Raghavendra Kumar, assistant SP Abraham T Sangma, besides others.
The rebels laid down a light machine gun, two AK pistols, 1 SBBL gun along with an assortment of ammunition, pistols, demand pads and mobile phones.
Speaking on the occasion, SP North Garo Hills Raghavendra Kumar lauded the effort of church bodies and vigilance forum for taking the initiative to appeal rebels to come forward to shun violence.
“I am very happy by the decision taken by the people who surrendered today as it gives a chance for peace to usher in Garo hills. I appeal to all rebel outfits to come forward in the same way so that Garo hills can breathe. Everything can be solved through talks and it is our earnest appeal to all to take the opportunity to help in the peace process”, said Cherak Momin, legislator of Kharkutta.
“We have continued our efforts at ensuring those that have lost their way are able to return to the mainstream. Today’s surrenders is a part of our efforts at bringing normalcy to the people of North Garo Hills and will hopefully bring forward more people to the mainstream”, said Wilness Marak, a member of the NGHVF.
The cadres, who laid down their arms, are — Saljatchi Marak, Bulthul Marak, Banjrang Sangma, Jhony Marak, Premanear Marak, Aron Marak, Nibirth Marak, Tawan Marak, Jagol Sangma and Sengjan Sangma. (ANI)