Imphal: Twelve cadres of banned outfit Kangleipak Communist Party-People’s War Group (KCP-PWG) and one cadre of Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) were laid down their weapons before chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday.
A homecoming ceremony was held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall in Imphal.
The ceremony was also attended by ministers, top police officials, including DGP P Doungel, officials of the Army and state government and media persons among others.
The militants also surrendered weapons which included two Lathode guns, three 9mm pistols, three IEDs, two detonators, two radio sets, five letter heads and four extortion slips from KCP (MC).
Appreciating the insurgents’ decision and accepting them into mainstream society, CM Biren Singh speaking as the chief guest said that the state government, as assured by Union home minister Amit Shah, would not fire a single bullet and no FIR would be registered against those who surrendered and join the mainstream.
“Since 1970, the entire northeast region, including Manipur, have been facing unrest due to the insurgency problems. However, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the last five years the number of incidents related to the insurgency in Manipur has reduced tremendously,” said CM Biren.
DGP P Doungel also said that such homecoming ceremony is a very wonderful and joyous day for the state government as well as for the department.
“They (insurgents) have faith in the government well as the schemes that are laid down by the Center. They also know that insurgency is no way to solve the problems of the state, therefore they have come up. So, we are very thankful and welcomed to the mainstream and to the state,” said DGP Doungel.
According to him, since 2005 till date, a total of 708 militants have surrendered under the scheme. However, at present only 65 militants are in the rehabilitation camps and the rest have completed their term and reunited with their families.