Altogether 748 cadres of the Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) and its faction the ANVC (B) on Monday formally laid down their weapons in Meghalaya, with their leaders declaring the disbanding of the outfits and their willingness to join active politics.
The disbanding comes more than two months after both factions signed a peace agreement with the government on September 24.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who attended the disbanding ceremony held at Tura in West Garo Hills district, hailed the return of the militants to peace and said the groups had proved that violence was not the right path.
The disbanding of the ANVC however does not guarantee peace in the region as the Garo National Liberation Army has emerged as a major source of worry for the government in the last couple of years.
“It is an exemplary courage to be part of the mainstream. It demonstrates that violence can never be a solution to problems,” Sangma said.