Kuki armed groups to deposit arms, ammo by September 20
Imphal August 22: All arms and ammunitions of the Kuki based militant outfits under Suspension of Operation (SoO) will be kept at the Armoury of designated camps or with the nominated police stations or security force camps under double lock by 20th of next month, September 20.
The development to the tripartite Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreements between the Government of India, Government of Manipur and two umbrella organizations of 18 Kuki based outfits – Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United people’s Front (UPF)-came up in talks held on August 20 in New Delhi leading to the extension of the SoO for 45 days.
Separate agreements regarding the extension of the SoO which were effective from August 22, 2008 for a further period of 45 days was signed at New Delhi, said a release of the Press Information Bureau, New Delhi today.
It has been agreed that all arms & ammunition shall be kept under double lock by September 20, 2010 either in the Camp Armoury or with the nominated Police stations or Security Forces camps, the release added.
A decision on further extension of the SoO would be taken after a review of the progress made in this regard. Talks will commence after all the cadres shift to the designated camps and weapons be kept under double lock.
The agreements on the deposit of arms and ammunitions of the 18 outfits came up after violations of ground rules of the SoO were discussed seriously.
Government is examining more than 30 cases related with violation of ground rules by cadres of the 18 Kuki outfits a highly reliable official source here said.
A total of 22 designated camps are to be set up in five locations as per agreement. Manipur government had earmarked Rs. 4,43,03,950 for the construction of designated camps during the year 2008-09.
More than five sites of designated camps have been confirmed by a team of the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) after conducting a survey in 2008. Construction works of some of the camps taken up by the Manipur Police Housing Corporation in consultation with the respective outfits who chose the sites have been completed and inaugurated.
The designated camp for the Hmar People Convention (D) is at Vangai Ridge, a place located in Tamenglong district bordering with Churachandpur district,the designated camp at Nathanjang (Chongkhonjou) in interior Churachandpur district will be housing cadres of the Kuki National Front (P) and Zomi Defense Volunteers.
The designated camp of the United Kuki Liberation Front will be constructed at Chelap in Chandel district while that of the Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) and Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) at Samusang area under Saikul police station in Senapati district and the camp for Kuki National Front (P) will be located at Sehjang (Gamnom) in Senapati district.
Infrastructures like barracks, arms depots, kitchen cum dining halls, ration stores, commanding officers office cum residence, security towers etc., are included as per provisions of the agreements.