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40 Pulf rebels bid farewell to arms
IMPHAL, Jun 15 (Agencies):
Published on 15 Jun. 2011 10:27 PM IST
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Altogether 40 militants belonging to the Umar Farooque faction of the Peoples’ United Liberation Front (Pulf) and a member of the banned Kangleipak Communist Party (Nando) laid down their arms to Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the headquarters of the inspector general of Assam Rifles (South) at Mantripukhri here on Tuesday.
According to TNN, of the 40 Pulf rebels, 38 are Muslims, who are also known as Meitei Pangals. Tuesday’s surrender came at a time when a suspension of operation between the government and at least 20 Kuki rebel groups is underway. Besides, a tripartite agreement was recently signed between the state, the Centre and the Lallumba group of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP).
Ibobi, who also holds the home portfolio, formally welcomed the 41 rebels, including Pulf (Umar) chairman Md Mujibur Rehman alias Ningthem alias Umar Farooque (36), to the mainstream. The outfit enjoyed a stronghold in the Muslim-dominated Sora village of Thoubal district.
IGAR (South) Maj-Gen. C A Krishnan and Manipur director general of police (DGP) Yumnam Joykumar Singh also attended the surrender ceremony.
The militants laid down 36 sophisticated weapons, including AK-series and M-16 rifles with magazines and bullets, and two grenades.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi said the state could return to the path of development if terrorism was curbed. Congratulating the rebels for taking ‘the brave and right decision’ to tread the path of peace.”
According to sources in the Assam Rifles, a huge number of militants has laid down arms in recent past across the state. In the last one year, 166 militants have surrendered at the IGAR’s South office alone.

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