4 UPPK cadres lay down arms


IMPHAL, Oct 10 : Four cadres of the armed outfit
United People’s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) laid
down arms and surrendered to Chief Minister
Okram Ibobi today. The surrender function was held at the Chief
Minister’s Secretariat this afternoon. Speaking at the occasion, Ibobi stated that the four
cadres came from Myanmar through Moreh and
they surrendered to the Government through
Bishnupur SP Th Radhashyam. The UPPK cadres who laid down arms have been
identified as Akoijam Surjit alias Bung alias Ayonba
(30) of Iroishemba Manghiden, RK Samson alias
Thabalchaba (30) of Sagolband Moirang Hanuba
Leirak, Okram Rojen alias Rohen of Keibi Heikak
Mapal and Ningthoujam Naoba alias abung alias Kanbiba alias Tenis (24) of Ningthoukhong Kha
Khunou. They brought along three German-made Heckler &
Koch 33 assault rifles, one A-1 rifles, three
magazines each and a larger number of assorted
ammunition. The four cadres joined the UPPK in different periods
and they underwent training in the outfit’s camps
located in Myanmar. Ibobi stated that the four
cadres sent feelers bringing the message of their
intention to re-join the national mainstream. “They are most welcomed by the State
Government and the Police Department”, the Chief
Minister told media persons. He further assured that maximum assistance would
be extended to the surrendered cadres so that they
can live their lives under a peaceful and secure
atmosphere. To a query about the State rehabilitation
programme for surrenderees, Ibobi informed that
the State Government has considering to absorb
the surrenderees in State forces or para-military
forces in consultation with the Ministry of Home
Affairs. Nevertheless, it would require examination of their
(surrenderees) educational qualification and
physical fitness. Other options are also opened to
them, the Chief Minister stated. Works Minister K Ranjit and DGP Y Joykumar too
attended the surrender function. To a query about the dramatic escape of KCP-MTF’s
commander Sunil Meitei from police custody, Ibobi
remarked that it was never expected. Nevertheless, the Police Department has been
mobilising all its resources to re-arrest Sunil Meitei,
he added. 

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