IMPHAL, Sep 6: Three hard core cadres belonging to the proscribed People’s Liberation Army (PLA) laid down their arms and surrendered before the IGAR (S), DGP, Y. Joykumar and Commander of 10 Sector Assam Rifles in a grand function held this morning at Mantripukhri auditorium.
The surrendered individuals have been identified one S/S Lance corporal Ronenson alias Joychandra Singh, S/S Lance Corporal Gokul Meitei and S/S Lance Corporal Momo alias Nauba Meitei. The militant cadres also surrendered arms which include a US-made M-16 along with 11 live ammunitions, an AK-47 rifle along with 11 live ammunitions and one 9mm pistol along with two live ammunitions.
While speaking during the function, DGP of Manipur, Y. Joykumar Singh said that Manipur has been suffering from a major setback hampering every aspect of development, adding that the government and the people should always go hand in hand in order to foster peace, development and tranquility.
Joykumar contended that independence has no meaning if there is no peace and invited the militants operating in the state to come out for an amicable dialogue which would bring peace and development.
The DGP also said that the Central government has sanctioned special financial packages for development of the state which has been greatly affected by the problems of insurgency for the last many decades. He also mentioned that the Assam Rifles along with the State Police and all other agencies would strive to curb the activities of various terrorist groups which are posing serious threats to the people of the state as also all development plans.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the programme, IGAR (S), Major General CA Krishnan said the Government of India along with Myanmar would soon start operations to flush out militants hiding in Myanmar. The GOI has received information that militants from the NE states have set up major base camps in Myanmar from where they are operating. The General asserted that as the first phase of the operation border fencing work of the Indo-Myanmar has begun.
Apart from security personnel the ceremony was also attended by the families and relatives of the surrendered militants.