Just 20% of Looted Weapons Returned or Recovered So Far


NEW DELHI: A total of 868 firearms and 11,518 rounds of ammunition have been recovered from different rebel outfits in Manipur, with 57 weapons, 318 rounds of ammunitions and five bombs recovered in the past 24 hours from Porompat police station area in Imphal East and Sugnu police station limits in Kakching district, adviser to Manipur government Kuldiep Singh said on Wednesday.

While around 150 weapons were surrendered by various different rebel groups within a day of Amit Shah’s appeal to this effect, a matching number were recovered during combing operations launched, sources told TOI.
Meanwhile, there weresome impromptu protests by Kuki groups outside Shah’s residence. Later, four Kuki representatives were invited inside Shah’s home to submit their memorandum.

With a little over 20% of the weapons looted in the wake of the violence in Manipur returned or recovered so far, sources indicated that many rebels are either reluctant to turn in their weapons due to the continuing threat of attacks from rival groups or are just wary of strict action by the police after having missed the 24-hour deadline for surrender. While parallel combing operations have started as the forces tackle violent incidents, TOI has learnt that both the Valley and hill areas are set to be combed on an intensified scale in the coming days.

Source: Times of India