Imphal, October 20: Eighteen cadres of different UG groups including 18 cadres of KNLF, two cadres of PREPAK and one each of UNLF, PLA, KCP, PRA and UPPK surrendered with arms and ammunitions to the state government today at a formal ceremony held at the HQ IGAR (South), Mantripukhri today.
The cadres who surrendered to the government today along with arms and ammunitions are Captain Lunkholal Lalboi Haokip alias Paominlen, s/o late Holmang Haokip of ward number 1 Moreh, Defence PRO Holkam, s/o Tilkosei of Songjei CCpur, Private Jamkholen Khongsai alias Lalen, s/o Thangkhulun Khongsai of Waing, Tubung, Pvt Jongkhohao Vaiphei alias HP, s/o late Helkhosei Vaiphei of ward number 6 Moreh, Cpl Letminthang mate alias Garngam,s/o Zamkhothong Mate of Joupi Chandel, Pvt Thangjapao haokip alis Golngei, s/o Shemkhoulun Haokip of Tubuong, Pvt Thangpao Mate s/o jamkholet Mate of Zoujang Moreh, Pvt Shonlen alias Lendou, s/o late Vumjathang of Vihipijang, Sugnu, Chandel, Rect Officer Thangminieu Baite alias Minlken, s/o Hollet Baite of K Sabi, Sugnu, Chandel, Pvt Lialpu Mate, s/o Ngamkhojang Kuki of Sahumphai, Sugnu and Lt Lhunthong Baite, s/o Jithong baite of Ksabi, Sugnu of KNLF.
Lance Cpl M Jagat, s/o M Ibocha of Nachao Mayai Leikai, Bishnupur of KCP, Pvt Longjam Ratan, s/o Lokendro of Toubal Awang Leikai, Bishnupur of UNLF, L Cpl Hemam Enao, s/o Hemam Angou of Moirang Khunou, Bishnupur of UPPK, Sgt Major Herojit, s/o Thingbaijam Rajmani of Leirikyengbam Leikai, Imphal East of PREPAK, Cpl Jayanta alias Taton, s/o M Biramangol of Wangkhei Ayangpalli, Imphal East of PLA and Pvt Apu Kon, s/o late Pon Kom of Mantak, Kakching of PRA.
The 18 cadres surrendered with four AK 56 Rifles, two AK 47 Rifles, six 9mm Pistols, three .32mm Pistols, one 7.6mm Pistol, 2inch Mortar, one M-16 Rifle, a Radio set and a large amount of ammunition and magazines.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that just bringing the misguided youths back top the mainstream would be futile if follow up is not done on their rehabilitation. The surrenderees should be taken care of and wholeheartedly adopted by the society so that they don’t lose hope and get discouraged.
The Chief Minister further urged the authorities of AR and the Army to take initiative for such rehabilitation under their military civic action programmes. He also assured that maximum efforts would be put in for proper rehabilitation of the UG cadres who have shunned the path of violence.
He further went on to say that the struggle based on the ethnic identities coupled with the problem of economic development has posed serious constraints in the state. The continued blockade on NHs has created scarcity of essential commodities. The government has been trying to improve the living standard of the people through various developmental programmes. However due to several disturbances and impediments, people are still unable to enjoy the benefits of development programmes.
No government can bring about a change without the support of the people. While each and every communities may pursue their legitimate aspirations, there should not be any compromise on certain core developmental issues which touch the life of each and every individual, he added.
Bijoy Koijam, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, DGP Y Joykumar, Major General UK Gurung, IGAR (South) and Kailun, DIG/SP, Imphal West were also present at the surrender ceremony. It may be noted that altogether 206 cadres of different UG groups have surrendered to IGAR (South) since April last year.
Source: Hueiyen Lanpao