Monday, October 3, 2022

Top PLA leader surrenders in Manipur


A top leader of People Liberation Army (PLA) surrendered to the Manipur government on Monday.
Self-styled lieutenant colonel Irom Ibotombi Meitei alias Ibotomba alias Keirungba alias Chingkhei (56) surrendered to the chief minister N. Biren Singh.
Police and intelligence officials said that Meitei was the RPF’s Deputy Secretary in-charge of Health and Family Welfare and a resident of Nambol Thangtek in Bishnupur district, and had been associated with the outlawed outfit since 1994.
Talking to the media, the chief ministers stated that Ibotombi came to the mainstream after expressing his trust in the firm commitment of Central leaders towards development of Manipur and northeast India.
He said that the homecoming by such a senior member of the PLA was a new beginning of restoring peace in the state.
He assured that the state government would uphold the commitment given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
They had assured not to use a single bullet or lodge FIR against any UG cadre who are ready to lay down arms and join the mainstream, Singh said.
He assured that the state government would make all arrangements to ensure security and rehabilitation of the surrendered cadres.
The PLA’s top leader’s surrender came close on the heels of 14 cadres of the banned rebel outfit United Tribal Liberation Army laid down arms around two weeks back.
RPF is the political wing of the PLA termed Irom Ibotombi Meitei as an “absconder” who had misappropriated a party fund of Rs 13,41,500.
He had surrendered to the “enemy” after he came to know that he was under the scanner for misappropriating the party funds and his suspicious activities, RPF alleged.