Thursday, August 18, 2022

12 militants of LTT lay down arms in Manipur


Twelve cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tribal (LTT), including its chairman, deputy chairman and army chief, laid down their arms and ammunition before Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday at a homecoming ceremony held at the banquet hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles, Imphal.
The surrendered weapons included one M16 rifle, two AK56 rifles, one .22 rifle, one double barrel gun, one carbine, two 9mm pistols, one lathode gun, one Chinese hand grenade, and one hand held set.
The chief minister congratulated the cadres on their voluntary homecoming to join the mainstream while speaking on the occasion.
He said that the cadres came out to the mainstream as they have faith in the Indian Constitution and the present government.
He reiterated Union home minister Amit Shah’s words that not a single bullet would be fired on those militants who want to return to their normal lives and join the national mainstream and no FIR would be lodged against them unless they are involved in a heinous crime.
He appealed to paramilitary forces, army and police to keep the Union home minister’s commitment to encourage more cadres of militant groups to come to the mainstream.
He maintained that there shouldn’t be any complicacy in the procedures to be followed for armed underground groups coming to the mainstream while reiterating that the state government opened up a single window facility to facilitate armed undergrounds in coming back.
He expressed satisfaction on high ranking militants joining the mainstream and said many more are ready to come back.
He hoped that the state would be able to end militancy in the coming three to four years through political dialogues and homecomings and that stressed that his government has a commitment to bring peace in the state.
The chief minister instructed state chief secretary and DGP who were also resent in the ceremony to disburse the rehabilitation benefits to be given to the home coming cadres in a time bound manner.
“Such an initiative would create a positive message towards other militant groups on the steps taken up by the government, especially for surrendered cadres,” he said.
Singh also appealed to all the armed underground groups to come back to the mainstream and to take their parts in nation building while claiming that the political scenario in the state had changed.
Under the Revised Scheme for Surrender-Cum Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East States, 2018 of the Union ministry of home affairs, rehabilitation benefits to be given to the surrendered cadres included a one-time financial grant of Rs four lakh to each surrendered cadre, which is to be kept in their respective bank accounts as a fixed deposit for a period of three years and stipends of Rs 6000 each and incentives for the weapons they surrendered.
Surrendered cadres will stay in a rehabilitation camp for a period of three years where they would be given various vocational training.
Some ministers, MLAs, state chief secretary, state director general of police and top civil, police and military officials attended the homecoming ceremony among others.

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