Imphal, August 14 : As part of political reconciliation in Manipur, at least 68 militants including four women cadres have surrendered and laid down their weapons before the state chief minister on Monday.
The militants belonged to various banned organisations – including 17 members from United National Liberation Front (UNLF), 7 cadres from People’s Liberation Army or Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF/PLA), 10 members from People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), 8 members from PREPAK (Progressive), 22 members from Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and 4 members from Kanglei Yawol Kunna Lup (KYKL)
The surrendered militants were allegedly involved in various attacks on governments installation and security forces. Sources said that Manipur is one of the poorest state in the northeast, as various armed groups operating in the state directly affected the work of the government and general public.
The militant members were accepted by the chief minister N Biren Singh during a homecoming ceremony held at 1st Bn Manipur Rifles in the state capital Imphal. Official sources said that the militants were willing to surrender after they accepted a “peace call” from the Chief Minister.
Manipur government on May 21 approved the ‘revised surrender-cum rehabilitation policy’ for militants who are willing shun violence and join the mainstream.
As per the revised policy, surrendered militants will get Rs 8000 per month for a period of three years. One time financial grant of Rs 4 lakh will also be provided by the state government, which would be kept as fixed deposit in their bank accounts for two years.