|Headlines Vol. 1 Issue No. 4||Jan.7 - Feb.6, 2002|
52 militants lay arms to give up jungle life
In one of the major
surrender events, 52 militants belonging to various underground outfits
active in the North-East formally returned to national mainstream. All the
militants will be rehabilitated by
the centrally funded rehabilitation package.
The militants formally
laid down their arms and ammunition before Nagaland Governor Om Prakash
Sharma and accepted the cash incentives from Nagaland Commissioner P.
Talitemjen Ao for surrendering their arms at a rehabilitation ceremony at
Kigwema village, 10 km south of Kohima.
This was third formal surrender ceremony in Nagaland after December
2000 and July 2001 functions at Dimapur and Kohima respectively. Earlier
27 Naga militants from different groups accepted the rehabilitation
scheme. Nagaland Chief Minister S. C. Jamir along with his cabinet
colleagues were present on the occasion.
Out of 52 surrendered
cadres, 19 were from NSCN (K), 14 belonged to NSCN (I-M) and five from
Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN), the pioneer of underground movement
in the region. Two militants each from the ULFA and the United People’s
Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) among those who surrendered.
Speaking on the
occasion the Nagaland Governor appealed to the people, NGOs, tribal
leaders and village elders to persuade the Naga youth to return to
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