57 militants surrender before Manipur CM

Imphal: 57 militants of different outfits surrendered in the presence of Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Thursday, official sources said.

Sources said that cadre of 10 main militant outfits gave themselves up before Singh at the Mantripukhri Inspector General AR South complex this afternoon.

They operated for PLA, UNLF, Prepak, KYKL, PULF, KNLF, NSCN (K), UKLF, PRA and KCP.

DGP of Manipur Police Y Joykumar Singh and IG Assam Rifles South Maj General Gurung were present.

A Shillong report earlier said, quoting an AR release that, the surrendered ultras laid down arms and ammunition.

The surrendered ultras also included some factional groups.

The Shillong report also gave the break-up number of surrendered cadre - UNLF- 5, PULF (AZAD) - 15, PULF (UF) - 2, PULF (MI KHAN) - 1, KCP (MTF) - 1, PREPAK (VC) - 2, PREPAK - 6, KCP (CITY MEITEI) - 1, KCP- 2, KCP (TABONGIA) - 1, PREPAK (PRO) - 1, PRA - 1, PLA - 6, KNLF- 6, KYKL - 4, UTLA- 2, NSCN(K)- 1.

The surrendered ultras and their family members thanked the Assam Rifles for giving them the opportunity to join the mainstream, the release said.

Congratulating the surrendered ultras for taking the decision to come over ground for peace, the CM applauded the role of the Assam Rifles in facilitating the surrender and helping the misguided youth of Manipur through various rehabilitation programmes.