Incidents and Statements involving United
Kuki Liberation Front: 2002-2012
September 7: Three armed outfits,
UKLF, ZDV and KRA-U have appealed all concerned not to observe Kuki
Black Day while also asserting that it would only elongate the memory
of the past incidents, which could instill ill-will against others
in the mind of the younger generation. The Kukis observe September
13 as black day to remember those Kukis killed in the four-year
long Naga-Kuki ethnic clash during 1992-95.
November 15: Two excavator operators,
identified as Hijam Hemba and Sapam Abung, were shot at and injured
by suspected UKLF cadres at Sajik Tampak area in Chandel District.
August 6: UKLF-MC has claimed responsibility
for placing a hand grenade at the office of Sericulture Director
Ginjamang Simte at Lamphelpat in Imphal on August 1.
May 11: 'Finance secretary' of the
KNLF identified as Hangsai alias Lalpu had left the outfit and joined
the UKLF. He alleged that most cadres of the KNLF are working for
individual gains and that it has been working against the unity
of the Kuki community. He also alleged that KNO/KNA a signatory
party of the SoO with the state government had been sheltering the
KNLF which is not a signatory party of the SoO.
March 29: TL Jacob Thadou,
‘secretary’ of UKLF on the occasion of the 16th raising day celebration
of UKLF held at its designated Nazareth Camp of Muvanphoi in Chandel
District, accused New Delhi of not doing anything for the success
of the much feted trilateral SoO signed between the Government of
Manipur, Union Government and the two umbrella groups of Kuki militants,
KNO and UPF. He appealed to the Government to initiate a joint meeting
with the two umbrella groups who are under the SoO while maintaining
that the Union Government has so far met the two outfits only separately
in New Delhi on August 22, 2010, for the extension of the SoO. He
expressed his desire for the two groups to sit across the table
in the process of sorting out possible political solution.
March 16: Combined SFs
on rescued a head mason who was abducted by the cadres of UKLF,
a SoO signatory armed Kuki group. UKLF is one of the Kuki armed
groups which have been under a tripartite SoO with Central and State
Governments. Oinam Sanatomba Singh (55) of Kyamgei Khoirom Leikai
was abducted by 4-5 cadres of UKLF from his work site at Gelmol
Lamkhai in Bishnupur District on March 15. The security team also
arrested a UKLF cadre identified as Thangminlen Lhungdim alias Lelen
(30) of Churachandpur Tuibong Peace Ground who was there in the
house to keep a watch on the abducted head mason. One 9 mm pistol
and a Honda Activa (MN-01N/1817) which was used in the abduction
of Sanatomba were seized. On questioning,Thangminlen admitted that
he is an active member of the outfit and three other cadres of UKLF
were involved in the abduction of Sanatomba. The cadres are Sungu
area commander, Lt Tilpao Haokip alias Papao (35), finance assistant
James of Chandel District and Mamang Haokip (25) of Koite village
of Churachandpur District.
November 9: The UKLF in a press
release refuted the claims that the village chief of Saheiphai village,
Paothang Haokip (58), was shot dead by the UKLF as published in
a section of the media. The UKLF stated the claims are baseless
and unconvincing, as Paothang Haokip of Saheiphai did not reside
under the operational area of the UKLF. Further, the release claimed
that after much investigation they got to know that some contract
killers killed the village chief for money. The truth was apparently
revealed by Jajang Gangte of UNLF that KLNLF and UNLF in alliance
hired a KNA cadre to eliminate the village chief for money matters.
August 30: The UKLF,
one of the signatories of the Suspension of Operation (SoO), asked
the Union Government to create a Kuki Council on the lines of the
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). It has demanded for setting
up a regiment for the cadres of the armed groups under SoO and to
christen it Kuki Regiment.
July 15: The UKLF stated that new
militant outfits have emerged within the Kuki National Organsation
(KNO) under the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Government.
July 13: A 30 year-old non-local
cement trader, Umesh belonging to the State of Bihar, who was held
captive by the UKLF, was rescued by the Assam Rifles personnel between
Aijang and Nungsum village under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal
East District. He was abducted by four militants at his New Checkon
cement shop on July 10 and they demanded INR one million for his
release. Claiming that the abductors finally agreed for an amount
of INR 200, 000 as he pleaded inability to meet the demanded amount,
Umesh said the agreed sum was handed over to the abductors at a
designated spot by his wife, Ragini, on July 12. Instead of setting
Umesh free on receipt of the amount, the armed persons insisted
that more money be paid for his release, the trader said, and added
that while discussions were on for his release a gun battle broke
out between the Asssam Rifles troopers and the abductors on July
13, resulting in the captors fleeing towards the hilly terrain.
June 2: The UKLF accused the KNA
of indulging in threats and intimidations in the first phase of
ADC election held on May 26, against the provisions of the Suspension
of Operation ground rules. Consequently, people belonging to the
Koms were denied their democratic rights to franchise in Sagang
and Tuibuong areas in Churachandpur District and at Moreh area in
Chandel District just to name a few, stated the UKLF. In the State
Assembly Election held in February 2007, the KNA leaders were paid
a huge amount of rupees for their active service on election duty
though badly defeated and chased out from Saitu, Saikul and other
constituencies, the UKLF said.
May 17: KNA 'cabinet member and
information and publicity secretary', Lenin H. Kuki, defected to
the UKLF in Chandel District.
January 10: The UKLF
outfit ‘appoints’ J. M. Zou as its ‘information and publicity secretary’.
December 29: The ‘publicity secretary’
of the UKLF, Mathew Thadou, says that a community leader and his
mother and uncle were abducted from Langkhong village in Tamenglong
District on December 28 and kept in confinement by a Kuki outfit,
which is a signatory of the Suspension of Operation (SoO) ground
December 7: The Military Council faction of the
UKLF in a press release states that a person named Thokchom Ramkumar
alias Tocha (30) of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai in Imphal
was taken into the ‘custody’ of the outfit, due to his alleged anti-social
activities as he was ‘arrested’ with several grams of heroin no.4
along-with some ‘prohibited’ drugs. The statement has further stated
that the last date of his safe release is December 9 and that his
parents are informed to secure his release on or before the given
date line and failure of it may compel the outfit to give him ‘capital
December 4: Two UKLF cadres are
arrested by the Imphal East District Police from Golapati Maning
Leikai. They are identified as Shongjakhup Haokip alias Hekhup
(19) of New Molbem village in Chandel District and Letminthang Lhanghal
alias Ricky (20) of Makhan Village in Churachandpur District.
A revolver along with four live ammunitions is recovered from the
possession of Shongjakhup. They disclose that they joined the UKLF
in April 2007 through one self styled ‘officer’ of the outfit John
and are involved in extortion of money from general public and Government
November 26: A UKLF cadre, Benjamin Thangbem, is
killed by KNA militants at Tuibong village in Churachandpur District.
November 24: The Military Council
faction of the UKLF in a press release states that Sub-Divisional
Officer of Saikul in Senapati District is operating his office from
a subordinate’s house at Imphal even though the militant group has
given a clear ‘warning’ against Government officials who are not
attending their duties at their respective places of posting. The
group ‘warns’ the action if its diktats are not ‘complied’ by November
28 without fail.
November 11: A militant belonging to
the Military Council faction of the UKLF, identified as Poujamon
Vaiphei (27), is arrested by the Imphal East District Police from
New Checkon area.
November 2: A team of Imphal East
district police commandos arrests a UKLF cadre, Seiboy Vaiphei alias
Alex Khoule, from New Lambulane. He belongs to Moldak village in
the Churachandpur district. He confesses that he joined the outfit
in January 2008 and was engaged in extortion from the general public
and traders of Imphal East area.
October 7: Assam Rifles arrest four
UKLF militants while 'escorting' a consignment of 1980 bags of urea
fertilizers being carried in 13 trucks near Molnom village in the
Chandel district. They are identified as David Kom, Zemesh, Houpu
Kuki and Daniel Kuki. The arms and ammunitions recovered from them
are two AK-47 Rifles with six magazines, a M-16 rifles with seven
magazines, nine lethod bombs, 188 rounds of AK-47 and 126 rounds
of M-16 rifles. The urea consignment is reportedly being taken to
Moreh from where it is to be sent out to Myanmar for using in making
drugs and in turn these drugs are to be smuggled out from Myanmar
to the market in Manipur and other parts in India.
May 27: Two UKLF cadres, Leivon
Parithoi alias Manglun and Mangte Mappu Aimol, are arrested by a
team of Thoubal district police commandos during a search operation
at Pallel Bazaar. Leibon Parithoi used to collect money for the
UKLF from trucks plying between Imphal and Chandel under the 'command'
of one 's/s deputy finance' Angam, whereas Mappu was aiding Parithoi
in similar activities.
May 20: The station master of Imphal-Churachandpur
passenger bus services, identified as Moirang Oksubung, is released
by the UKLF militants. He was earlier abducted in connection with
a monetary demand.
February 20: Konsam Tomba, a former
Irrigation and Flood Control minister, is abducted by suspected
UKLF militants. However, he manages to escape from the militants'
captivity next day and later informed the media that after escaping
from the abductors, he was in a forest for two days before being
rescued by the Thoubal district police.
January 13: The UKLF claims responsibility
for the killing of one Tongkhohao alias Haopu Haokip of Sinam village
in the Chandel district. The outfit's 'information and publicity
secretary' T.H. James Bond accused Haopu and his accomplice, Lunminthang
Haokip, of assaulting a UKLF cadre at Pallel without any provocation
on January 9. Haopu is a KNA defector.
December 18: Three KNA militants,
'l/cpl' Lanmilien alias Timothy Haokip, 'pvt' Haokholet alias Albert
Lhungdim and Henry alias Khailen, defect to the UKLF along with
one AK 56 rifle with two magazines loaded with 150 rounds, one US
Carbine with two magazines containing 150 rounds, a lathode propeller
(80-mm) and 10 bombs, one M-21 rifle with 100 live rounds, one walkie-talkie
set. This was reportedly the second case of defection from the KNA
to the UKLF in 2007.
April 23: Police arrested one UKLF
cadre, identified as Chonminlal Zou alias Chonchon alias Lalboi,
at Khurai Lamlong bridge in the Imphal East district.
March 30: The ‘celebration
of the 6th Raising Day’ of the proscribed UKLF was reportedly attended
by cadres of the NSCN-IM at a place in the Chandel district on an
April 20: The UKLF
claimed that it had 'awarded capital punishment' to one Letngam
Khongthang, who was the chief in charge of Maokot village in Manipur
for ignoring the outfit’s warnings.
June 12: SF personnel
arrested a UNLF cadre, Arangbam Satrajit alias Naopet, from Khurai
Nandeibam Leikai in the Imphal city.
June 16: One of four
district supply officers of the state food and civil supplies department,
S. Puni, who was abducted by the UKLF
on June 12, was rescued by
a team of Manipur police from a spot near Aimol village under Thoubal
police station limits.
July 19: The UKLF in
a statement made available to the local media warned the people
of Chandel district against giving any sort of support or monetary
assistance to any Kuki militant outfits other than UKLF and KNA.
February 9: UKLF claims to have killed
a civilian, Jangthong Khongsai, for his alleged 'anti-people and
anti-party activities, including extortion and harassment of innocent
people, at Sugnu in the Thoubal district.
July 7: Three suspected UKLF cadres, including the Imphal 'town
commander' and the '2nd lieutenant' in its 'finance department',
are killed by the police during an encounter in the Langol reserve
forest area near Lainingkhul village in Imphal West district.
February 16: Unidentified assailants
kill three UKLF cadres at New Lamka in the Churachandpur district.
July 11: Two UKLF cadres, including
a 'sergeant', surrender before the Manipur Chief Minister, Okram
Ibobi Singh, in Imphal along with a M-16 rifle, two magazines and
203 rounds of ammunition.
Note:Compiled from news reports and