Eight Militant Groups Remain Active in Assam Since1991

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8 Militant Groups Active in Assam, 19,939 Extremists Arrested Since 1991

Eight militant groups including United Liberartion Front of Asom (Independent), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sangbijit) are still active in Assam.

Replying to a query by AIUDF MLA Abdur Rahim Khan, State Agriculture and Panchayat & Rural development minister Rockybul Hussain said in the state assembly on Monday that eight militant groups are active.

Those groups are: ULFA(I), NDFB(S), KPLT, KLO, HuM, MULTA, CPI(Maoist) and JMB(Module). There are an additional 13 different militant groups in talks with the government.

On behalf of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also took charge of the Home department, the State Agriculture minister said since 1991, up to March 15, 2015, security forces had apprehended almost 20,000 militants.

The 19,939 documented extremists of different militant groups include 14,982 of ULFA, 4,059 of NDFB, 410 of KPLT, 335 of MULTA, 88 of CPI(Maoist), 51 of KLO and 14 of JMB(Module) from different places in the state.

“A total of 6082 incidents were committed by the militant groups during the period including highest 3632 incidents by ULFA,” Rockybul Hussain said.

“Security forces also recovered a total of 2059 weapons from the militant groups during the period,” the minister said.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.