57 militants in Manipur surrender
IMPHAL, Dec 16 – Fifty-seven cadres of 17 different underground outfits surrendered in Imphal on Thursday along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition before Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh during a surrendering ceremony held at the Headquarters IGAR (South) at Mantripukhri here.
The surrendered 57 cadres included five from United National Liberation Front (UNLF), 15 from People’s United Liberation Front (PULF), two each from PULF (UF), UTLA and People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak PREPAK (VC), one each from PULF (MI Khan), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) MTF, KCP (City Meitei), KCP (Tabongia), PREPAK (PRO), People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA) and NSCN (K), six cadres each from PREPAK, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Kuki National liberation Front (KNLF) and four from Kanglei Yaol Kanna Lup (KYKL).
Speaking at the function, Ibobi said that cadres of various underground outfits entering into the peace initiatives is a significant trend and their decision to come back to the mainstream is extremely helpful to the development of the State. The Chief Minister also assured that the outfits’ initiatives for peace would be honoured and the government would also make its best efforts to redress their grievances.
The Chief Minister appealed to all other underground outfits which are not under SoO to abjure violence.
Source: Assam Tribune