Wanted ULFA-I deputy commander-in-chief Drishti Rajkhowa surrenders

Written by Abhishek Saha
| Guwahati |

November 12, 2020 12:53:46 pm

For months now the police has been mounting pressure on Rajkhowa — and there were two operations targeting him, one in March and on October 20. (Photo: PIB)

A top militant of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam – Independent (ULFA-I), Drishti Rajkhowa, surrendered to Indian Army Intelligence agencies on Wednesday evening, the Defence Ministry said.

Rajkhowa (50), the deputy commander-in-chief of the outfit, is said to be a close confidant of the outfit’s chief Paresh Baruah. He is known to have been operating and travelling in Bangladesh and along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya, especially in an area under the Rongra police station in South Garo Hills district.

“Drishti Rajkhowa has long been in the wanted list of the ULFA insurgents responsible for their activities in lower Assam,” the Defence Ministry statement said.

Drishti Rajkhowa, ULFA deputy commander. (Photo: East Garo Hills district police)

Along with him, four of his accomplices — Vedanta, Yasin Asom, Ropjyoti Asom and Mithun Asom — too surrendered, with a huge cache of arms, including one AK 81, two 9 mm pistols, and several rounds of ammunition.

The Defence statement said that it was a “swift and well-planned operation executed by the…

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