9 Hmar militants surrender arms to Cachar police
As an indication of finally joining the national mainstream, a group of Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) surrendered arms to Cachar police.
SILCHAR: As an indication of finally joining the national mainstream, a group of Hmar People's Convention (Democratic) surrendered arms to Cachar police. Nine cadres of the Cachar unit of HPC(D) on Wednesday evening handed over nine firearms including rifles of AK-47 series, and ammunition to Kankan Jyoti Saikia, DIG Southern Range and SP Nomal Mahato at Lakhipur police station. Reliable source hinted that 104 cadres of this outfit, an offshoot of Hmar People's Convention, would ceremonially surrender to the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in next month. James MO, the self styled external affairs secretary of HPC (D) said that the Chief Minister had promised them an agreement would be signed between the government and the outfit and hence they had decided to surrender arms to honour his assurances.
The HPC (D) is an offshoot of Hmar People's Convention which was formed in 1986 as a political party spearheading a movement for self-government in the north and northeast of Mizoram. Their area of operation was primarily in Mizoram and the Hmar inhabited areas of Churachandpur district of Manipur, a part of Cachar with base camp in the Bhuban hill range and Dima Hasao.