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Ibobi Seeks Surrender Bait For Rebels

IMPHAL, Apr 13: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today called for a more attractive surrender and rehabilitation policy to bring back militants from the path of violence.

Talking to reporters today after receiving weapons from 13 militants belonging to the NNC/FGN of Nagaland and the DHD (Jewel) of Dima Hasao (formerly North Cachar Hills) district in Assam, Ibobi Singh said the existing policy framed by the Centre had failed to attract militants back to the mainstream.

The militants formally surrendered before Ibobi Singh during a function at the Assam Rifles headquarters here today.

“We will approach the Union home ministry and the Centre for framing a more attractive rehabilitation package. If the package is more attractive, more militants would come back to the national mainstream,” Ibobi Singh said.

He said most of the surrendered militants in Manipur wanted to join service for a secure future.

The benefits under the existing surrender and rehabilitation policy, which came into effect in May 2005, include a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 each for three years and an additional sum of Rs 1.5 lakh besides vocational training. Cash incentives are also given for surrendered weapons.

Five militants of the DHD (Jewel) faction and eight cadres of NNC/FGN of Nagaland formally surrendered with weapons before the Manipur chief minister today.

Inspector-general (south) Assam Rifles, Maj. Gen. C.A. Krishnan and director-general of police Yumnam Joykumar Singh were present during the surrender ceremony.

The five militants fled to Manipur in September last year following factional clashes among the DHD (Jewel) group and contacted the troops of the 12 Maratha Light Infantry post located at Imphal airport the same month. Since then they were with the army post, which is under the operational command of the IG (South) Assam Rifles.

“We did not want to surrender to any authority in Assam because we do not feel safe to be there, so we came here to surrender,” self-styled corporal Somorjoy Jaranbusa said.

He said they wanted to stay in Manipur till the situation in Assam became safe for them. The other four cadres are Sumit Hojai, Kabinon Longmailai, Sundor Singh Hasnu and Goponjit Langthasa — all from Dima Hasao district.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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