LEIMAKHONG, Dec 24 � Barely 10 days after 57 cadres of 17 different underground outfits surrendered before Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh at the Assam Rifles complex, a homecoming ceremony was organised at Leimakhong, about 20 km north of Imphal, in which 21 more cadres of three armed groups operating in the region laid down arms.
Manipur Director General of Police Y Joykumar and General Officer Commanding of 57 Mountain Division, Major General Binoy Poonnen welcomed the 21 armed cadres including 16 National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (unification group), four Naga National Council and one People�s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak ultras.
Urging the militants to shun the gun and extortion culture, DGP Joykumar called for realisation of the fact that the path they have chosen is leading them to bloodshed among themselves. Recalling the history of insurgency in Manipur, he opined that most armed groups here have the tendency to split. �They talk of sovereignty but most of them have come down to making money alone. There is no ideology,� maintained the DGP. He also talked of the recent killing of a father-son duo in the State. The DGP, Manipur, who recently attended the NE DGPs� conference, informed that there was an en masse surrender by an Assam-based armed group. He also claimed that the law-and-order situation in the State has improved as compared to the past.
The GOC, echoing the DGP, observed that he had witnessed a large number of surrenders by ultras in the region because of loss of ideology and leadership crisis. The senior Army officer also assured that all necessary help would be extended by the Army to rehabilitate those who laid down arms in the homecoming ceremony.