State re-verifies URF cadres under MoU

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IMPHAL, October 20: The State government today conducted re-verification of cadres of the Memorandum of Understanding signatory group United Revolutionary Force, URF who had decided to remain under the MoU agreement.

The process was necessitated after cadres of the outfit which is in talks with the government had deserted their camp to pick up arms again led by the outfit`™s chairman Lanheiba Meitei.

Citing the government`™s gross indifference to the agreements made under the MoU, Lanheiba had announced through a press statement on October 2 that he along with his cadres have left the peace process and taken up arms again.

Today`™s re-verification process was led by IGP Intelligence KT Vaiphei who declared appropriate actions will be taken up against those who have deserted the peace process.

The outfit under chairman Lanheiba Meitei had signed the MoU with representatives of the State and Central governments on February 13, 2013 at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Manipur Rifles.

The remaining cadres were today once again lined up at the 1st MR parade ground.

Speaking to media persons, KT Vaiphei said the process was conducted to re-verify the number of cadres who are still honouring the MoU in the presence of media.

Altogether 144 cadres including their leaders had joined the MoU signing on February 13, 2103, which is to expire on February 13, 2015, he said.

Of the 144, two of them were recovered dead, murdered by a group of their own members, he said before adding that only 80 were present in today`™s re-verification process. Many of them however, missed out from today`™s re-verification process, he continued.

The remaining cadres are absconding led by Lanheiba and reported to have taken up arms, he continued.

The IGP also informed all those missing from today`™s process to report for verification.

Meanwhile, a leader of those left behind Chingkheinganba alias Soviet said altogether 52 cadres of the outfit are presently under him and provided for at his Napetpalli residence.

He complained that the government has failed to honour their side of the agreement under the MoU.

The Rs 4000 stipend assured for all cadres irrespective of hierarchy are pending since July 2014, he continued.

The government has also failed to provide rehabilitation centre for vocational programmes for the cadres, agreed upon during the signing of the agreement, he said.

Another leader identified as N Nageshore was also present during today`™s verification process.

Three women cadres who were present at the re-verification process today denied any comments except that they want to enter the mainstream.

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