Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 11
Drishti Rajkhowa, the second-in-command of militant group United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has surrendered in Meghalaya, government sources said on Wednesday.
Rajkhowa is considered to be a close confidant of the Paresh Baruah, the commander-in-chief of the banned outfit, and is currently under the custody of the Army intelligence. He is being brought to Assam, the sources said, adding that he was based in Bangladesh till recently and came to Meghalaya a few weeks ago.
His surrender is a major setback for the militant group, sources said, adding that in March this year only the ULFA-I leader had been suspected to be a part of a shoot-out with a police team at Bolbokgre village in South Garo Hills, Meghalaya.
Rajkhowa is an RPG expert and is also a central committee member of the extremist group. Baruah promoted Rajkhowa to the position of deputy-commander-in-chief in November 2011.
The ULFA (I) has been demanding Independence of Assam and the government had banned the outfit in 1990.
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