In all, 13 cadres of two proscribed underground orgnisations in Manipur surrendered on September 15 (in the morning) to Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh who also holds the Home portfolio.
Twelve cadres of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) - People’s War Group (PWG) led by Home Secretary Mohammad Zuber (40) laid down their arms at a simple function held at the banquet hall of 1 Manipur Rifles, in Imphal. The lone insurgent of Kanglei Yawol Kunna Lup who surrendered together with the KCP(PWG) did not bring any weapon.
The KCP(PWG) brought two lethod guns, three 9mm pistols, three Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three detonators and three extortion letters.
Welcoming them to the “home-coming” function, Mr. Biren Singh said, “The government is always ready to hold peace talks with those who have come over ground so that they could live a normal life. It is the policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure peace. Home Minister Amit Shah had recently announced that not a single bullet shall be fired during the search for a durable peace. Various facilities including monthly stipend and one-time financial assistance for the former insurgents who have laid down arms are still there”.
A large number of Manipur’s insurgents had laid down arms as individuals and as groups while surrendering to the government. They are lodged in designated peace camps. However, the government has not started peace talks. Some insurgents who had joined the mainstream had been killed by the hardcore insurgents. Some of the victims had been absorbed in civil-, police- and paramilitary forces.