Manipur: 13 militants surrender before CM Biren Singh

Thirteen militants belonging to two proscribed outfits surrendered with their firearms before Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday.

The surrendered insurgents include 12 of the Kangleipak Communist Party-People’s War Group (KCP-PWG) and one from the Kanglei Yawol Kanba Lup (KYKL).

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.

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