Manipur: 68 militants surrender on eve of Independence Day
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh lauded Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for peace work after 68 militants including four women, along with a huge cache of assorted weapons such as AK series assault rifles, surrendered before him.
The militants surrendered at the Home Coming Ceremony in the parade ground of 1st Bn Manipur Rifles in Imphal on the eve of 71st Independence Day that marked a landmark in The Art of Living's efforts of bringing peace in troubled areas.
Those who joined the mainstream include were from the 11 most dreaded outfits operating in Manipur, including six factions of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), two factions of People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), People's Liberation Army (PLA), United National Liberation Front (UNLF), and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL).
The event took place in presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Swami Bhavyatej and Deepa Dave of The Art of Living, along with top ministers and officials.
Earlier, the Art of Living volunteers, led by Deepa Dave and Shanti Meitei, have been working to take the message of peace to the ultras through various sources and channels despite the risks involved. The team even reached out to insurgent groups across the borders.
Biren Singh promised that the new government will protect and provide necessary assistance to those who joined the mainstream.
In a series of tweets, Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh expressed his gratitude to The Art of Living and Gurudev.
He also appreciated the proactive stance of the Manipur government and the support extended to The Art of Living volunteers to bring the insurgents to the mainstream. The Art of Living has also offered to work with the government in creating a respectable rehabilitation package for the cadres.
The Art of Living has been tirelessly working in Manipur over the last 15 years, bringing its life-transforming programs to all sections of society, including influential civil society groups. It has also conducted several programs in prisons where many arrested cadres of outlawed outfits not only got an experience of inner peace, but also came in touch with Gurudev's vision for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.