On 13th April, a total of 114 Hmar rebels of the Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) returned to the mainstream by surrendering their arms to the Mizoram government at a homecoming ceremony organized by the Mizoram government.
The historic homecoming ceremony was held at Central Training Institute in Mizoram Home Guard headquarters at Sesawng village, 39 kms from Aizawl.
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Home Minister R. Lalzirliana, among others, attended the programme.
Speaking on the ocassion, the Chief Minister said that surrender of Hmar rebels would usher in peace in the region and promised to ensure successful implementation of all provisions stipulated in the bipartite accord in a phase manner.
The rebels surrendered 44 sophisticated weapons including nine AK series rifles and two carbines, as well as nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition and five radio sets.
The Mizoram government had signed a Memorandum of Settlement with the HPC(D) on 2nd April to end the three-decade-old violent struggle.
As per the MoS, more administrative autonomy would be given to the existing Sinlung Hills Development Council, which would be renamed as Sinlung Hills Council by bringing a State legislation.
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