HNLC cadre surrenders, says outfit ‘exploited’ him

BSF promises to bring back misguided youth to the mainstream

Umkiang. Dec 30: A member of the banned militant outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), surrendered on Thursday at the BSF border outpost at Umkiang in East Jaintia Hills district.

The surrendered cadre, Junel Tongper, said he was among several unemployed youth who were misled by HNLC. He added that he was “exploited” and made to execute “unlawful activities”.


Tongper surrendered before Inderjit Singh Rana, IG BSF Meghalaya Frontier at Umkiang.

The surrendered cadre, who belongs to Lumphyllut village in the district, was deployed as an area commander in East Janitia Hills. He joined the outfit in 2010, and after training, he was actively working for the outfit.

Tongper was apprehended by Meghalaya police in 2015, but was later released on bail. He rejoined the outfit in November 2020 and was based at Panaipunjee under Kulaura police station of Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh.

BSF said the force “is putting in all-out efforts to help such misguided youths to join the mainstream”.

The force also assured to provide the youths the facilities of skill development and vocational training and remunerative amount post surrender. BSF was in touch with Tongper for the last one year.

The family members of the cadre expressed their gratitude to BSF on his homecoming.

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