As many as 43 cadres of different UG groups laid down their arms at a homecoming ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion, Manipur Rifles, Imphal.
The 43 cadres include 13 from KYKL, five each from PLA/RPF, KCP(N) and another insurgent group, 11 from KCP (PWG), one from PREPAK, two from PREPAK (PRO) and one from NSCN (U)."
"I extend a hearty welcome to the 43 cadres of different UG groups for laying down their arms at a homecoming ceremony at 1 MR Banquet Hall, Imphal," Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted.
The 43 cadres surrendered 19 arms including 13 pistols, one 9 mm gun SMG, 2 AK series, one 12 mm bore gun, one muzzle loaded gun, one hand gun; 17 hand grenades, 5 handheld sets; one Kenwood set; 9 PEK; 5 IED, and 209 ammunition, the chief minister said in another tweet.
"As many as 19 arms, 17 hand grenades, 5 handheld sets, one Kenwood set, 9 PEK, 5 IED, and 209 ammunition were surrendered. Happy to see more insurgents joining our work for building a progressive Manipur under the guidance of hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri @narendramodi ji.Happy to see more insurgents joining our work for building a progressive Manipur under the guidance of hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri @narendramodi ji," CM Biren tweeted.
Meanwhile, as many as 11 cadres of different insurgent groups have reportedly surrendered to the Jwalamukhi Battalion at Motbung post with arms, explosives, and other ammunition on Thursday.
The surrendered cadres were given free medical check-ups and food and later handed over to the 7th Manipur Rifles along with weapons and ammunition for further investigation and follow-up action, according to a source from the Assam Rifles.
The source stated that a team of one officer, one JCO, and 10 other ranks of COB Kangpokpi had previously rescued four Manipuri civilians on August 10, 2022 from being kept as hostages by KNF-N cadres.
While interacting with the rescued civilians, it was revealed that a cousin of one of the civilians had joined some UG group and went across the border a few years ago, and he wanted to return back to his hometown but somehow got stuck in Myanmar, as per the source.
Based on the input, a team of one officer, one JCO, and 10 other ranks of COB Motbung was formed so that necessary help can be provided to the cadres to come across, it said.
The cadre’s family was contacted and were taken into confidence while his family members were assured that nothing will happen if he comes across and surrenders, it added.
The Company Commander was able to convince them to give up the arms and lead a peaceful and happy life.
The Jwalamukhi Battalion team managed to contact the families of many other UG cadres, convincing them to ask their wards to surrender and also helped some of them to come across, as per the source.
On Thursday, the team was able to convince the cadres and make them surrender, the source added.