IMPHAL, Sept 26 – As many as 114 militants belonging to 11 different underground outfits in Manipur laid down arms before the State Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh at a surrender ceremony at Mantripukhri near Imphal today.
The militants also handed over a huge quantity of arms including 74 pistols and ammunition.
The militants belonged to United National Liberation Front (18), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (18), Kanglei Yaol Kanna Lup (17), People’s Liberation Army (11), Kangleipak Communist Party (9), United People’s Party of Kangleipak (6), People’s United Liberation Front (16), Kuki National Liberation Front(12),KNLA(2), UNPC (4) and UPRF (1).
Lauding the bold step taken by the undergrounds shunning violence and joining the path of peace and prosperity, Chief Minister Ibobi said they have come out as they no longer believe in violence. “Though some section of the people are against the democratic set up, solution to any problem can be brought through talks and dialogue,” Ibobi observed.
Explaining that peace and freedom from crime and terrorism are the catalysts for progress and development, he lauded the critical role of the Assam rifles in encouraging misguided youths to join the mainstream thereby promoting peace in the region.
The day’s home coming ceremony was also attended by the Home Minister Gaikhangam, Manipur DGP Y Joykumar, Principal Secretary (Home) Dr Suresh Babu, Major General UK Gurung of Assam Rifles, besides the family members of the surrendered ultras.