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114 terrorists give up arms in Mizoram in 'homecoming' ceremony

IANS  |  Aizawl 

Two weeks after a peace accord, 114 terrorists of Hmar People's Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) on Friday surrendered to the government and deposited huge cache of arms and ammunition.

At the surrender ceremony, said that after a talks, the has reached a successful settlement with the and the "surrendered extremists now can live a normal life with peaceful co-existence with their families and friends".

"The would ensure successful implementation of all provisions stipulated in the bipartite in a phase manner," he added.

"While is enjoying peace for last 30 years, Hmar brothers have been living in fear.Now the time of fear psychosis is over, it is now time to work for development by re-unification," said at the "Homecoming Ceremony".

He however said that the government would show no mercy to those who take up arms to disturb peace in

The ceremony was held at in headquarters at Sesawng village, 39 km northeast of Aizawl.

The weapons surrendered included 44 sophisticated firearms, including nine AK series rifles and two carbines, as well as nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition and five radio sets.

The signed a peace agreement with the Manipur-based terror outfit here on April 2 to end the three-decade-old violent struggle. After eight years of parleys, the Memorandum of Settlement was signed by and

It entails that more administrative autonomy would be given to the existing Sinlung Hills Development Council, which would be renamed the Sinlung Hills Council, said Additional Secretary, Home Lalbiakzama, who led the government team in the talks with the HC-D since 2010.

Under the peace agreement, the would declare amnesty for all cadres against whom criminal cases are pending.

Top HPC-D leader was released from the jail on Wednesday. He had been arrested by the Rifles in for leading the group that ambushed a Mizoram assembly team on March 28, 2015, killing three policemen and injuring six.

Lalbiakzama said that under the agreement, the state government would take steps to provide ex-gratia to the around 100 HPC-D cadres after they surrender and help to rehabilitate them.

HPC-D said the signing of the peace was a historic milestone not only for the Hmar tribe but also for the Mizos at large.

The outfit had been indulging in intermittent violent activities in Mizoram since 1989 demanding a separate autonomous district council, under the Constitution's Sixth Schedule, carved out of southern Manipur, northern Mizoram and southern

The had on a number of occasions rejected the demand.

Mizoram (retd) hailed the as a "milestone in bringing peace in the state".

"After the historic peace accord of 1986 (when Mizo National Front's founder-leader led his group into the mainstream), Mizoram has taken the lead yet again in displaying that peace is attainable even in politically vexed and mired situations.

"We have continued to showcase that we are one of the most peaceful states, if not the most peaceful, in The political will of the Government, the trust shown by the HPC-D, and the role played by the all deserve applause," he added.



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:48 IST