Imphal: T Liankhankhup Zou alias Khupkhang, a founder member of the rebel outfit Zou People’s Army laid down arms, along with 12 other cadres, in a formal ceremony at IGAR Complex in Manipur recently.
They surrendered one AK assault rifle, three pistols, one revolver, two wireless radios and some explosives.
The group has been carrying out its activities in Chandel and Churachandpur districts.
The central and state governments have welcomed their decision to surrender and integrate into the mainstream, and has assured them full support in future.
State police chief Y Joykumar Singh said: "We appreciate the militants give up arms and return to the mainstream and peace. We welcome them."