MANTRIPUKHURI (MANIPUR), April 30 � One hundred three militants belonging to 12 underground organisations in Manipur laid down arms during a �home coming� ceremony at IG of Assam Rifles (South) headquarters, near Imphal this afternoon.
The hardcore militants of proscribed outfits including United National Liberation Front, People�s Liberation Army, Kangleipak Communist Party, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, People�s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, United People�s Party of Kangleipak, People�s United Liberation Front, Kuki National Liberation Front, NSCN(K), UNPC, KRPA and KRF, handed over 103 weapons including 9 AK 47 rifles, three Lathodes, 25 Carbines, 59 pistols, three 303 rifles and one each M-16 and M-21 rifles to Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Home Minister Gaikhangam.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi said Naxalites have posed a serious challenge to law and order machinery. �Peaceful methods like elections are primarily meant for giving say to people�s aspirations. Parliament and State Assemblies are actually the forum for conflict resolution�, Ibobi said.
�But a section of people perhaps does not believe in the efficacy of these democratic and peaceful means. I do not agree with such people.�
Stating that the wave of democracy has been getting stonger and stronger across the world, he said, �very recently even in the neighbourhood of Manipur in Myanmar we saw how the peaceful democratic movement of Aung Saan Suu Kyi met a great success.�
�As I have said before, no government can deliver without active and continued support of the public�, he added. �I am fully confident that people would continue to support our vision and policy for peace and development�, he also said.
The home coming ceremony was attended by the Chief Secretary DS Poonia, Director General of Police Ratnakar Baral, IG of Assam Rifles (South) Maj Gen UK Gurung and family members of the surrendered militants.