A 36-year-old member of the banned Eastern Naga National Organisation (ENNO) has voluntarily surrendered to security forces in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, according to an official statement released on Friday.
The rebel, identified as Muktodhan Chakma, made the decision to lay down his arms and ammunition, including a 32-mm pistol, before the Assam Rifles in Miao town on Thursday evening.
According to reports, the surrendered cadre expressed his exhaustion and disenchantment with the uncertain life in the jungle. He stated, “I have surrendered to lead a peaceful and meaningful life with my family members. I promise not to take up arms again in the future.” He extended gratitude to the Assam Rifles for persuading him to embrace the path of peace.
Chakma had initially joined the Eastern Naga National Government in 2017. However, the banned outfit became defunct in 2022 when nearly all its members surrendered. Despite this, seven members of the proscribed organization continued to engage in insurgent activities and formed the Eastern Naga National Council (ENNC), later renamed ENNO.
This marks the second surrender in the past two months, with another member of the outlawed organization voluntarily laying down arms before security forces in July. The banned outfit remains active in various areas within Tirap, Changlang, and Longding districts of the northeastern state.