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Rebel leader surrenders to Mizoram government
Published on 1 Mar. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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A Hmar rebel leader has surrendered to the Mizoram government to lead a normal life. The ringleader of Sinlung People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), L Z Hrangchal, took an oath to shun violence and lead a normal life before Home Minister R Lalzirliana in a simple ceremony here yesterday, reported UNI. Notably, Hrangchal was the last man, standing of the underground organisation, formed in 2007, as the 64 cadres of the SPLA surrendered along with their arms to the state government on July 27, 2009. Founder of the SPLA Hranchal and a handful of followers went into exile after that. Due to his deteriorating health and desire to live with his wife and children in Aizawl, Hrangchal decided to join the mainstream and informed the Mizoram government of his decision. Hrangchal, who is originally from Senvawn village in Manipur, joined banned Hmar People’s Conference in 1989, which fought for an autonomous district for Hmar community in Northeastern part of Mizoram. When the HPC and Mizoram government signed a memorandum in 1994, he came overground. However, he regrouped Hmar rebels who had parted ways with the HPC before the 1994 agreement and formed Hmar Revolutionary Force in 1996. He again surrendered to Mizoram government in 2000. He went underground again and formed the Sinlung Revolutionary Tiger Froce (SRTF) in 2007 which he later renamed as Sinlung People’s Liberation Army.

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