|45 UTLA cadres give up arms|
SILCHAR, July 18 – Altogether 45 United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) cadres, led by its chairman SK Thadou, surrendered before the Joint Secretary, Northeast, Shambhu Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Home, Manipur, Suresh Babu, and Additional DGP of Manipur, Santosh Manrela.
The cadres were felicitated for deciding to abjure the path of violence. The surrender took place at the Assam Rifles camp at Jiribam on Wednesday.
The cadres surrendered as many as 89 weapons, including nine 9mm pistols, two 32mm pistols, six 9mm carbines with three butts, a 9mm Uzi, two shotguns, three AK 47s rifles and a AK 56 rifle.
Acknowledging the pledge of the cadres to join the mainstream after a prolonged stay in the jungles, SK Singh said that the step to give up arms is a significant move towards bringing peace in the region. He maintained that the government is trying to find ways to usher in development in the region.
Thadou expressed hopes that this act of giving up arms would motivate others to join the mainstream, too.