Police recovered an IED near
the main entrance of Mantripukhri in Imphal West District. According
to sources, a Police patrolling party found the IED on the road
side, along Imphal-Dimapur highway. Later Bomb Disposal Squad
disposed off the IED.
A KCP-Noyon militant was arrested
near Moreh Forest Gate in Tengupal District. According to authorities,
the arrested militant was working under the 'finance secretary'
of the group , identified as 'captain' Ramesh alias Yangba who
is in Aucheng in Myanmar.
Churachandpur District Police
arrested 37 militants in 2017 and recovered 41 weapons (including
15 small arms), 28 detonators and 9 gelatin sticks. Two individuals
were also detained under the National Security Act.
Imphal West Police arrested 118
militants in 2017. Police also recovered two .32 pistols with
magazines and six live rounds, a, .32 revolver, three .9 mm pistols
with magazines and 16 lie bullet rounds, two Chinese hand grenades
with detonators, two hand grenades with one detonator, one AK-56
rifle with five magazines and 56 AK ammunition, one lethod gun
with 10 shells, 81 gelatin sticks, two TNT cases.
UCM a civil society organization
stated that GoI should confine the frame work agreement with NSCN-IM
to Nagaland. The President of UCM stated that "If the framework
agreement and its outcome is confined only to Nagaland, there
will be no issue and complications'.
He also added that 'If the framework
agreement or any solution based on it is going to affect the interest
of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, then no solution should
be worked out without consulting the governments of these states
and stakeholders'. UCM president is the spokesperson for the eight-member
delegation of three citizens'' organisations who had met Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh in December.
In a suspected extortion threat a trader dealing
in cement escaped unhurt when unidentified assailants hurled a
grenade at his shop at Khurai in Imphal East District. Police
said the grenade hit the roof of the shop and failed to explode.
A KCP militant Athokpak Dinesh Singh alias Mathoi
was arrested from Pechi Mayai Leikai in Thoubal District. It has
been revealed that the militant was involved in various extortion
A PREPAK militant was arrested from Imphal West
District. The militant was identified as Kshetrimayum Biken alias
Pamel alias Nongdol.
Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India
and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government said
would enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries
There are already free movement rights for people ordinarily residing
in the border areas of both countries.
The agreement will also facilitate movement of
people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance
economic and social interaction between the two countries, a statement
said. It is expected to provide connectivity and enhance interaction
of the people from north-eastern states of India with those of
Myanmar. The agreement will safeguard the traditional rights of
the largely tribal communities residing along the border which
are accustomed to free movement across the land border, the statement
Unidentified militant shot dead a civilian identified
as Loukrakpam Sananingthem Singh at Lamsang Khunou area in Imphal
West. UNLF later claimed responsibility for the incident. The
victim was earlier arrested in connection with a sexual assault
case in 2015.
Police have tightened security to check the possible
influx of migrants after a draft of the NRC was published in Assam.
DGP L.M. Khaute has supervised security measures along the Assam-Manipur
border. Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh stated that 'Additional
Police and paramilitary personnel have been rushed to Jiribam
District to ensure that undesirable persons do not enter (our
state)'. Police was also deployed along the Assam-Tamenglong highway
and Jessami in Ukhrul District.
Unidentified persons exploded a grenade at Raj
grocery store located at Phungreitang in Ukhrul. The two injured
persons were working as salesmen of the shop and were identified
as Anish Kumar from (Kanglatongbi) and Vijay Kumar (from Bihar).
UNC the apex body of Nagas in Manipur is confident
that a final solution to the protracted political dialogue going
on between GoI and NSCN-IM.
VIPN has claimed responsibility for grenade explosion
o January 6. According to a statement by 'publicity secretary'
of VIPN, S. Shirat the blast was part of ILP campaign in the District.
Police arrested a suspected extortionist identified
as Kaiyenpaibam Sanjit from areas of Sagolband Tera in Imphal
West District. Police also recovered one 0.32 revolver 6 live
rounds, 1 double barrel rifle ammunitions and one M 20 pistol
with one life round.
Kuki militant groups under two umbrella organisations
KNO and UPF who are conducting talks with GoI have demanded creation
of a territorial council for the Kukis in Manipur. The demand
was placed in writing during talks held in New Delhi. The militant
groups had had signed a suspension of operation agreement with
GoI in 2008 and the January 10 talks was the sixth round of talks.
The demand memorandum was signed by UPF 'spokesperson' Aaron Kipgen
and KNO 'negotiator' Seilen Haokip. Altogether 13 delegates from
the two organisations participated in the talks. Kukis have long
been demanding creation of a separate Kuki state out of Manipur.
The groups also demanded "constitutional" safeguards for Kukis
Suspected militants hurled hand grenades and fired
at an Assam Rifles post in Kangpokpi District. Although AR personnel
fired at the militants, they managed to escape. No fatality was
reported in the incident.
A truck driver indentified as Sorokhaibam was
abducted by unidentified assailants near Lamlong in Imphal East
The Union Government has asked the four states
that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute "border
pass" to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary
line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll the border residents under
Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war footing.
A woman identified as Yendrembam Sobita was wounded
in a blast caused by remote controlled IED near Raj Bhavan in
Imphal East District. The incident was preceded by another explosion
when an unidentified militant lobbed a grenade near at M Sector
Defense PRO office also located in Imphal East District. The twin
blasts took place in one of the highest security zones of the
State and at a time when the State police are taking up preventive
measures for the coming Republic Day celebration.
Police have been conducting a random mopping operation
at sensitive places across valley areas, particularly in Imphal
and its outskirt since the last few days.
Police recovered a Chinese grenade from M-Sector
in Imphal East District. The authorities stated that the grenade
was lobbed but had failed to explode. Earlier on January 15 a
grenade had exploded in the same area. No insurgent group has
claimed responsibility for either incident.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security
situation in the North-eastern States. According to official data,
the security situation in the region has improved and insurgency-related
incidents have gone down by 85 per cent in 2017 as compared to
2000. According to the data, there were 308 insurgency-related
incidents in 2017, the lowest since 1997.
In 2000, 1,963 insurgency-related incidents had
taken place in the Northeast. Also, the death toll of security
personnel and civilians was lowest last year when 12 security
forces personnel and 37 civilians were killed.
The number of cases of kidnapping or abduction
also went down by 40 per cent as 168 incidents were reported in
2016, which came down to 102 in 2017.
Kuki Chiefs' Association Tengnoupal District threatened
to launch democratic forms of protest if the newly created District
was not made fully functional as a full-fledged revenue District.
Association's general secretary LS Seikho Baite alleged that government
is yet to depute officials in adequate strength for proper administration
in the District.
Two HCC employees were abducted from Kangchup
in Imphal West District by KNF-MC.
UMHA is considering creating a 29-battalion India-Myanmar
Border Force from AR and ITBP to curtail smuggling, gun running
and insurgent activities. The new force will patrol right up to
the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong AR guards the border
but patrols up to 500 meters from the so-called zero line, which
leaves the border partly porous. AR will be paired with 4 battalions
from ITBP to form the new force, with ITBP in charge. This will
result in ITBP not only patroling the 3,488-km LAC with China
but also the border with Myanmar.
UNLFW an umbrella group of rebel groups on January
22 called for a total boycott of Republic Day celebrations. Khango
Konyak, the newly appointed 'chairman' of UNLFW, in a statement
said '(We want) a 24-hour total shutdown on January 26 and to
engage concerted refusal by not attending or gathering at any
governmental offices or public places within 24 hours of that
day, except some emergency services.
An unidentified PREPAK-PRO female militant was
arrested from Wangkhei Andro Parking in Imphal East.
SFs recovered a cache of ammunition from Kassom
in Imphal East District. The recovered weapons include five pistols,
two grenades and an assortment of ammunition.
In view of the Republic Day celebrations to be
held on January 26, Imphal East Police on January 22 conducted
combing operations in and around Hatta Golapati area and verified
around 367 individuals including 87 women, reports Assam Tribune.
Four people were detained during the operation.
A UNLF militant from Wangjing Sorokhaibam Leikai
in Thoubal District.
An IED was recovered by SFs from NH 2 between
Wangjing and Kamjong towns in Thoubal District. Police bomb squad
personnel removed it later and exploded it safely. Moreover SFs
conducted CASO operations at the general area of Thangkangphai
and Mata village in Churachandpur.
Police arrested 'commander in chief' of KNF-MC
Sonkhogin Kipgen alias Hegin and his associate Ngamkholen Kipgen
alias Lelen from Churachandpur District.
Two HCC employees abducted on January 18 were
rescued at Phailenkot range of Motbung area of Kangpokpi District.
Unidentified militants detonated a remot controlled
IED near the house of BJP MLA at Khurkhul Makha Leikai in Imphal
West District. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
While searching the area, the Police team found that the remote
controlled IED was placed near the compound wall of the MLA's
A KYKL militant Irengbam Geetchandra Singh was
arrested from Wangoo Lupa Marup area Kakching District. The arrested
militant was also involved in extortion activities.
Unidentified assailants shot dead an individual
identified as Thokchom Ratan, at Samaram Lamkhai in Thoubal District.
Earlier UNLF had claimed responsibility for killing of another
man accused of sexual assault at Lamsang Khunou area in Imphal
West District. KCP militant Chongtham Suresh Singh alias Thoi
alias Ghee was arrested from Khurai Angom Maning Leikai in Imphal
East District. A pistol and two live rounds were recovered from
the arrested militant.
A militant of KCP-Noyon identified as Ashem Rishikanta
was arrested from the vicinity of Eastern Shine ground in Tengnoupal
UNPC/CTLA arrested from Imphal West District.
Two pistols, a grenade and ammunition were recovered from the
A dead body bearing bullet wounds was recovered
n Tengnoupal District along Manipur-Myanmar border. The victim
has been identified as Mohammad Kheruddin.
Police arrested three suspected Rohingya women
identified as Harijan Babi, Fatima Begum and Johra Biibi, at check
post in Jiribam. An individual identified as Nasir Ali who allegedly
had brought the women into the state and provided them with fake
Aadhar cards was also arrested.
UNLF has claimed responsibility for killing of
a sexual assault suspect on January 30 at Khongjom-Samaram Lamkhai
Imphal West District.
An arms dealer identified as T Paominlen was arrested
from Churachandpur District. Recovered items include 47 live rounds
of 5.56mm, 12 rounds of 9mm calibre.
Churachandpur Police arrested a militant of a
new group identified as UKRA from Boljol villa?e, Churachandpur
District. The arrested militant has been identified as Nguljalen
Haokip. The militant had given demand letter of INR five million
to an official of ADC of Churachandpur.
Two AR troopers were wounded when unidentified
militants hurled two grenades at the Polo Ground in Imphal West
District which was hosting equestrian championship. The wounded
troopers have been identified as Uttam Kumar and Bahadur Limbu.
No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
All missionary schools including the 72 Catholic
schools, 17 higher secondary schools and three colleges in the
state in and around Imphal have been closed for indefinite period
following threats from the KCP-MC.
Two grenades exploded inside the Transit Camp
of AR located near Minuthong bridge in Imphal West District. The
wounded men have been identified as Amar Sargari, Raj Kishore,
Pradeep Sharma, S. Pradhan, Dependra Subardi, Rajesh Kumar, Umesh
Kumar, H. Konyak and Sanju Lambu.
Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh stated that
a SIT will be constituted to investigate the February 5 grenade
attacks in which two AR troopers were wounded.
SFs arrested a PLA militant rom Khurkhul Junction
in Imphal West District. The arrested militant has been identified
as Naurem John Mark alias Kangleicha.
SFs busted an arms and drug racket operating at
Lilong in Thoubal District. A female member of the racket was
arrested. SFs recovered three live rounds of ammunition.
Manipur CM formed the State Assembly that the
NIA will probe the three explosions which took place on January
15, February 5 and 7 in Imphal's high security areas.
UNLF claimed responsibility for February 7 grenade
attack in AR transit camp. UNLF in a statement claimed that the
attack was carried out by a special team of MPA carried out the
UNLF statement also claimed responsibility for
the February 5 grenade attack in which two AR men were wounded
as well as the explosions on January 15 in M-Sector in Imphal
KCP-MC progressive issued a statement claiming
that the ban imposed on Catholic Educational Society was 'for
the sake of the people'. The statement also claimed that they
had not put the ban for making gains, demands or admission quota.
An arms smuggler identified as Thongkhansang alias
Sang Suite was arrested at Khomintang in Churachandpur District.
An M-16 rifle was recovered from him.
KCP militant was arrested from Imphal East. The
arrested militant has been identified as Nandeibam Saratjoy Singh.
A pistol, two live rounds and an IED were recovered from the militant.
This is part of the security measure taken up by Imphal East Police
personnel in connection with the ban imposed against Catholic
Few missionary schools reopened in Imphal amidst
tight security after reports of threats from militant groups forced
them to remain shut for two days.
NIA filed a charge sheet against three militants
of KCP for conspiring and raising funds for terror activities.
One of the charge sheeted militants has been identified as Laishram
Ranjit Singh Meitei alias Tamnganba, the 'commander in chief'
of KCP-PWG. Other militants were identified as Khumanthem Naobicha
Singh who is the 'finance secretary' of KCP- Lamjanba Khuman faction
and Thoudam Chaothoi Singh a militant of Lamjanba Khuman faction.
The three militants were arrested in New Delhi in 2017.
MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that
GoI has revised stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered
militants in Northeast. The new surrender scheme will come into
effect from April 2018. The monthly allowance would be increased
from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the militants will be given
a relief amount of INR 400,000 which was earlier INR 1, 50,000.
SFs rescued four abducted civilians from Sugnu
in Thoubal District. A Police press release stated that two people
were abducted on February 8 from Pallel area in Thoubal District.
During the investigation it was revealed that same abductors had
abducted two more people separately from an unspecified location.
Moreover, one of the abductors identified as R. Pritam Chothe
was arrested from Jiontlang in Chandel District in the intervening
night of February 19 and 20.
SFs three arms and weapon smugglers from Khongjom
in Thoubal District. A double barrel shotgun and live rounds were
recovered from the arrestees.
Kiren Rijiu stated in the parliament that Manipur
had the highest number of insurgency related incidents amongst
northeastern states in 2017 with 167 insurgency related incidents.
According to UMHA insurgency incidents in north-east
declined by 63 per cent as compared to 2014 in and 36 per cent
compared to 2016 as the year 2017 witnessed the lowest number
of insurgency related incidents since 1997. There were 824 insurgency
related incidents in 2014, 574 incidents in 2015, 484 in 2016,
308 in 2017. Civilian casualties has also recorded a decrease
by 83 percent, from 212 in 2014 to 37 in 2017 while casualty rate
of SFs declined by 40 percent, from 20 in 2014 to 12 in 2017.
SFs arrested two KYKL militants NH 102 in Imphal West District.
Two pistols and ammunitions were recovered from them.
CM Biren Singh announced that a new and 'attractive'
surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants in the state
would be in place in a couple of months. The CM stated that 'the
Centre is examining a proposal sent by the state government and
the new revised comprehensive policy is likely to be implemented
by April this year'. Following a cabinet decision taken in May
2017, state Government proposed to hike the monthly stipend of
surrendered insurgents from INR 4,000 to INR 8,000 for three years.
Of the INR 8,000, INR 2,000 will be counted as ration money. Additionally,
one-time financial grant provided by the government to surrendered
militants will be increased from INR 2, 50,000 to INR 4, 00,000.
Spokesperson of MEA stated that it will continue
to support the peace process and that national reconciliation
in Myanmar will also benefit the north-eastern states. The spokesperson
stated that comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in
Myanmar will also be conducive for peace and prosperity in India's
north-eastern region. The statement came after two militant groups
in Myanmar MNSP and LDU signed the NCA and joined the peace process.
Manipur CM Biren Singh stated that Police and
Paramilitary have been asked "to stop forthwith harassing former
insurgents" who have joined the mainstream. The CM also stated
that that if there were any further reports on harassment and
torture to the former insurgents, strict disciplinary action would
be taken up against the security personnel.
CM Biren Singh who is also in charge of Home Department
has stated that the current strength of Manipur Police including
Home Guards is 16319. He stated that existing manpower of Manipur
Police includes 9226 Constables, 2769 Head Constables, 917 Assistant
Sub Inspectors (ASIs), 1029 Sub Inspectors (Sis), 246 Inspectors
and 2132 Home Guard personnel. Till February 1 this year, 33 Inspectors,
234 SIs, 271 ASIs, 876 Head Constables and 1540 Constables have
been posted in Imphal West. 22 Inspectors, 120 SIs, 135 ASIs,
338 Head Constables, 1317 Constables have been posted in Imphal
East district; 18 Inspectors, 102 SIs, 113 ASIs, 304 Head Constables
and 1337 Constables in Thoubal district; 18 Inspectors, 83 SIs,
54 ASIs, 152 Head Constables and 743 Constables in Bishnupur district.
CM also added that Nine inspectors, 44 SIs, 61
ASIs, 161 Head Constables and 562 Constables have been posted
in Chandel District, eight Inspectors, 56 SIs, 38 ASIs, 117 Head
Constables and 523 Constables in Churachandpur District; nine
Inspectors, 50 SIs, 42 ASIs, 86 Head Constables and 395 Constables
in Tamenglong district. 17 Inspectors, 76 SIs, 66 ASIs, 192 Head
Constables and 610 Constables have been posted in Senapati district;
12 Inspectors, 55 SIs, 34 ASIs, 137 Head Constables and 347 Constables
in Ukhrul District.
UMHA report also stated that militancy in the
Northeast is on the decline. According to the report, the seven
states in the northeast registered 308 militancy-related cases
last year, down from 484 in 2016. In 2015, there were 574 insurgency-related
cases reported while the year before that registered a staggering
824 such incidents. Manipur, with 167 cases reported last year,
was found to be the most disturbed state, primarily owing to the
activities of CorCom.
An abductor was arrested in connection with abduction
on February 8. An abductor identified as R. Pritam Chothe was
arrested from Jiontlang in Chandel District in the intervening
night of February 19 and 20.
A militant of UNLF identified as Khangembam Logmanyachandra
Meitei was arrested from Moreh Forest Gate area in Tengnoupal
District. The arrested militant has three month training at Lazang
Village in Chandel District and had joined the group in May 2006..
Manipur CM Biren Singh stated that KNO militants
number 1122 and UPF militants number to 1059. Both are under SoO
with GoI. The CM also added that no new militant cadre can be
included in the list of cadres as per guidelines of agreement.
For giving stipend to cadres, the GoI is providing INR 7, 85,
16,000 per year.
Biren Singh also added that demand for creation
of a separate state by militant groups having SoO with the GoI
was unacceptable. He added that there was a ground rule against
such demands. On giving stipend to SoO militants, Biren said GoI
has a role in tackling the problem of SoO and in sanctioning stipends
for the surrendered militants. On alleged illegal activities by
SoO cadres, Biren said there are reports that groups of people
supported by SoO have indulged in extortion and kidnapping.
Replying to a question regarding threats to a
Aimol community, the CM stated that to prevent merger of small
tribe Aimol to major tribe Naga forcibly Manipur Government has
opened two IRBN posts at Aimol Ngairong and Molnom Kuk in Chandel
District. He also added that state police could not find out any
culprit involved in the alleged attempt to convert the Aimol community
NIA has arrested a militant identified as Moirangthem
Nimaichand Meitei of KCP-Noyon The accused was produced before
the special judge on February 20 where he was remanded in NIA
custody. The details of the place of arrest were not given out
by the NIA, however sources state that the militant was arrested
on February 3 Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur District. NIA has also
ascertained that the total number of militants in the attack was
23, out of which two were killed in retaliatory fire.
Separately, seeking necessary steps for permanent
settlement of the 37th Battalion of AR at Latingkhal-Makhabasti
and Guakhal in Jiribam a delegation is slated to meet Union Home
Minister in March. The delegation will comprise members of the
civil organisations namely All Jiribam Linguistic Minority People's
Organisation, United Minority People's Organisation, United Minority
People's Front, All Manipur Bengali Students' Union and Nari Jagoron
Jouta Mancha. The organisations stated that Jiribam and its adjacent
areas are always affected by militant activities and the camps
have been playing a vital role in keeping the law and order situation
under control. There are 45 villages combining the areas around
the camps at Latingkhal Makhabasti and Guakhal with a population
A militant identified as Naorem Premkanta Singh
who was involved in the 2015 Paralon ambush which killed 18 soldiers
has revealed that the ambush party was in India for five days
after the attack, before they crossed over to Myanmar on foot.
he militants were inside India from June 2 to June 9. According
to interrogation details, the attack was carried out jointly by
KCP, KYKL and NSCN-K.
He also revealed that the militants crossed over
to India from Munnan village. He stated that 'A party of 10 cadres
was already waiting. We were asked to don our uniforms and were
given weapons. Our leader, Tamba, asked us to follow him and we
were not briefed here. We walked the whole night and took only
5-10 minutes of break after every one hour of walk. We rested
on June 3 to avoid detection'.
After the ambush they walked continuously from
June 4 to 7, and on June 9 crossed back to Myanmar. Naorem Premkanta
Singh was arrested in January by NIA. Later on February 23, a
militant Moirangthem Nimaichand Meitei from Bishupur was also
arrested by the NIA in connection with the 2015 ambush.
Firefight occurred between NSCN-IM and ZUF militants
at near Nungadang in Tamenglong District
Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement
with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16
kilometers of Indo-Myanmar border. Myanmar sighted 'domestic compulsions'
for deferring to sign the agreement and asked more time before
the agreement is sealed. A senior government official stated that
'Myanmar has been dragging its feet on the agreement. They have
asked for more time and are reluctant due to domestic compulsions.
They fear that if they sign the pact, the international agreement
will have to be adhered to'.
On January 3, the Union Cabinet had approved
the agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing
to enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries.
The Government of India (GoI) had asked Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland,
Manipur and Mizoram to distribute "border pass" to all the residents
living within 16 km from the border.
An Army was killed in an encounter with suspected
NSCN-IM militants at a place between Goitang Chingkao village
and Molphei village in Khopum area at Noney District died in the
Army Hospital in Leimakhong in Imphal West District. However,
NSCN-IM stated that that it was not involved in the encounter.
NSCN-IM stated that that it was not involved in the encounter.
One Soldier of Rajputana Rifles Regiment identified
as Sepoy Abhijit Mondal was killed and three others wounded in
an explosion at L Bongjoi village in Chandel District.
Another explosion was reported near AR camp at
North AOC in Imphal West District and another bomb explosion was
reported near the Community Development Office at Khengjoi in
Chandel District. No casualties were caused by the explosion.
According to some reports, UNLF has claimed responsibility for
KNF-N militant identified as Thongkhohao Kipgen
Haopu was arrested by Police in connection with February 27 abduction
of two workers. The arrested militant confessed he and three other
KNF-N militants were involved in the abduction
Kuki militants released two abducted workers identified
as Amom Bishorjit Singh and Thangjamson Simte at Gangpijang hill
range in Kangpoki District. They were abducted on February 27
by KNF-N militants
Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla called on
insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace. The Governor
made the call after paying tribute to a slain trooper of 13 Sikh
Light Infantry who was killed on March 5. Governor reiterated
the Government's appeal to the armed insurgent groups to lay down
their arms and come to the path of peace. She stated that 'I appeal
to the people to lay their arms and stop all these activities
and come forward and join in building a strong nation, a strong
A KCP militant identified as Haobijam Dillip alias
Taibangnganba was arrested from Langol Lai Manai in Imphal West
District for his involvement in killing of an individual on March
3 in Imphal. Three civilians have also been arrested in connection
with the incident from Bishnupur District.
PLA militant arrested by SFs from an unidentified
AR and Thoubal Police Commandos arrested an unidentified
PLA IED expert, while trying to link up with an IED courier who
was smuggling the explosive consignment from Myanmar through Kamjong
District. The arrestee also reportedly confessed to his involvement
in preparing of IEDs in four earlier instances of targeting the
security forces in the past.
Police recovered two double barrel guns, one single
barrel gun while conducting search operation at Lilong Arapti
Maning leikai in Thoubal District. . A Police team had conducted
a search operation during which 270 male and 200 female were verified
during the operation.
MCP-M alleged that there are indications suggesting
that Catholic schools of Manipur not only are against the indigenous
people but are involved in deceiving the people in a wide scale.
A release signed by 'coordinator, of standing committee', Kyonghan
Mangang alleged that the schools are making efforts not to make
indigenous people hold post in the school's administration.
Unidentified armed assailants abducted two worksite
supervisor of the North East Railway from Makru area in under
the jurisdiction of Nungba Police Station Jurisdiction in Tamenglong.
The abducted individuals have been identified as Ashok Sharma
and and Bidhuyut Majumdar.
Separately, as part of security measure in connection
with the proposed visit of Union home minister, Rajnath Singh,
a search operation was conducted at Premnagar ward number IV,
Premnagar ward V and Muslim Leikai at Moreh in Tengnoupal District.
MCPM questioned the invite for Dalai Lama for
the inaugural session of 105th Indian Science Congress which is
scheduled to hold at Manipur University. The Maoists also called
Dalai Lama's visit a conspiracy MCPM also alleged that the Tibetan
leader has been used by Indian Authorities for political purposes.
Two abducted workers were released at Nungkao
in Tamenglong. The railway workers were abducted on March 10 from
Nungba in Tamenglong District. According to sources, abductors
might have released the two workers after they realised that they
would not be able to stay on the run any longer as SFs launched
intense operations to recover the abducted workers.
A UNLF female militant identified as Ningombam
Penao Chanu alias Leinaotabi was arrested near Lamlai Bazaar in
Imphal East. The arrest was made during a frisking and checking
AR arrested two unidentified KCP militants with
huge quantities of ammunition and weapons drugs including two
9mm pistols, two mines, one Improvised Explosive Device, four
live rounds, about 1.8kg opium and other contraband items. The
arrested militants were involved in extortion activities and threatening
and boycotting Catholic Schools.
CorCom an umbrella group of six militant groups
on March 13 called a 17-hour shutdown in Manipur to coincide with
the state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister
Rajnath Singh. Corcom said the shutdown will come into effect
from 1 am on March 16.
A grenade was recovered from gate or residence
of a transport contractor, at at Heirangoithong Ningthemcha Karong
in Imphal East District.
UNLF militant identified as 'private' Thokchom
Ningthourel Meitei alias Nongleihanba Meitei was arrested from
an unspecified area of Tengnoupal District. According to Police
the arrested militant joined UNLF in 2013 after training at Tomana
Former member of ZUF who was abducted from Longreijang
Khunin Jiribam District by unidentified assailants. His body was
recovered from under a bridge adjoining Digli and Ramgaizang in
Cachar District of Assam.
A militant of MNPF identified as Nimgreishang
alias Kapun Khai alias Starson was arrested from Kongpal area
in Imphal East. The arrested cadre confessed that he joined the
group in the year 2011.
The 'finance secretary' of TPLA was arrested from
Kangpokpi District. Three pistols with magazines, ammunition and
other war like stores were recovered from the arrested militant.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju
that new rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants in the
Northeast with almost doubled stipend will come into force from
April. The monthly stipend for a surrendered militant has been
revised from INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 and the one-time grant from
INR 1,50,000 to INR 4,00,000.
More incentives have been added for the weapons
surrendered. A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the Northeast
militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however, said the
stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres of
many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the amount
offered by the government had not been revised for years. An official
statement said 'A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the
Northeast militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however,
said the stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres
of many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the
amount offered by the government had not been revised for years'.
The statement also said that Assam has spend
about INR 75 million for militant rehabilitation while Manipur
spend INR 11.9 million and Tripura 11.8 million Militants who
have signed cease fire agreements have demanded that the stipend
be increased to cater to rising prices and prevent youths from
returning to militancy. Number of surrendered militants in north
east has reduced from 1,195 in 2012 to 130 in 2017. The statement
said at least 640 militants surrendered in 2013, followed by 965
in 2014, 143 in 2015, 267 in 2016 and three till February 2018.
UMHA is planning to create a separate Central
fund for security related provisions and even for constructing
the requisite police infrastructure and to get their forces trained
to handle the local crime situation. A source in UMHA added that
'We will also give them training with weapons and intelligence
gathering'. He also added that 'Local crime must be handled and
citizens must engage with the local police for their grievances.
Not only it infuses a sense of normalcy, the local police also
get engaged in vital intelligence gathering to aid security forces.
It gets further teeth to handle criminals and miscreants to ensure
'business as usual', eventually leading to big infrastructure
projects, roads and connectivity networks and crime-free inter
region passage to boost tourism'.
According to government sources, 'The MHA feels
that the para-military and other special forces deployed in the
region can be engaged exclusively in intelligence gathering against
terror modules, patrolling the borders and for special operations
other than local crime and maintaining law and order in North
According to sources in government the idea to
engage the local police is encouraged by its recent experiences
in Manipur and Assam. A source stated that 'In Manipur, the abductions
have come down drastically since we started engaging the local
police to handle it. In Assam too, the violent incidents have
come down and we're now laying our focus on other States like
Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland to tackle crimes of cross-border
infiltration as the para-forces can check on the borders, but
those who still sneak in can only be identified and caught with
local intelligence gathered by State cops'
Three Rohingya illegal immigrants were arrested
from Moreh Bazar in Tengnoupal District. The arrested individuals
were identified as Mohammed Kalimullah, Sabir Ahmed and Mohammed
Hasim. They reportedly disclosed that they came from Rakhaine
State, Myanmar to Moreh through Bangladesh, Agartala, Imphal,
Lilong and added that they have been staying at Moreh for about
last 10 days and were planning to go to Malaysia.
MNPF alleged that Thuingaleng Muivah, the 'general
secretary' of National Socialist Council of NSCN-IM and his followers
has been suppressing small nage tribes of Manipur, especially
the kamo Tangkhuls reports Imphal Free Press on March 22. The
'assistant publicity secretary' of MNPF , L. Zimik also alleged
that the continuous rumours werebeing spread by the NSCN IM that
the Meitei militants are roaming around with full arms in order
to attack the foothill villages of the Tangkhuls was all propaganda.
Representatives of the Manipur government, Government
of India (GoI) and United Naga Council (UNC) held a round of talks
to find a solution to the UNC's demand to revoke the previous
Congress government's decision to create seven new Districts.
UNC was represented by Kamei, general secretary S. Milan, president
of All Naga Students' Association, Manipur Seth Shatsang, and
president of Naga Women's Association Asha Wungnam
The last round of talks was held on November 10
2017 where the UNC gave the government three months to work out
a proposal relating to its demand. The state Government on March
23 assured to finalise its stand by April 10. Seven new Districts
were created in November 2016 bifurcating seven districts, two
in the valley and five in the hills, which resulted in UNC imposing
a blockade in the state. Manipur Government was represented by
Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Tribal affairs and Hills
Minister N. Kayisii, education minister Th. Radheshyam, additional
Chief Secretary Suresh Babu and secretary (revenue) T. Ranjit
Singh while GoI was represented by Joint secretary (Northeast),
home, Satyendra Garg.
To check terror financing in the North-East, GoI
has ordered an inquiry by NIA. GoI has also firmed up plans to
enhance the operational capability of Border Guarding Force and
address the connectivity issues by constructing helipads along
Indo-Myanmar border. New Company Operating Bases (COBs) are also
being planned to be set up closer to Indo-Myanmar border.
The insurgency related civilian casualties declined
in all states except in Assam where it increased from nine in
2015 to 29 in 2016. Additionally, the number of abductions also
decreased in the region from 267 in 2015 to 168 in 2016. Counter
Insurgency operations led to the killing of 87 militants, arrest
of 1202 and recovery of 605 arms in 2016 in the region.
A total of fifty five 9 mm pistols were found
to have lost from the store house of 2nd Manipur Rifles. It has
been reported that of the 55 pistols, two were recovered; one
from a police personnel and another from an insurgent.
Manipur CM Biren Singh informed that the investigation
on the missing of 56 pistols along with 59 magazines from Manipur
Rifles facility would be handed over to NIA. The missing pistols
were reportedly part of consignment of 570 pistols purchased on
September 11, 2014, by Manipur government for state Security Forces.
Missing of the firearms was discovered after Commandant of 2nd
Manipur Rifles P. Manjit examined the current holdings of arms
and ammunitions of both the unit and police head quarters (PHQ)
Pool. According to Police authorities, two personnel of Manipur
Rifles identified as Damodaran NP and Narayan Chetri have been
arrested in relation to the incident.
One of the missing pistols was recovered from
a KRA militant identified as '2nd lieutenant' Ngamboi Haokip alias
Raju and Seineo Khongsai on August 13, 2017. Ngamboi Haokip alias
Raju was re-arrested on March 31 in connection with the case.
Two civilians identified as M. Hiranjoy Sharma
and Paonam Shanti Kumar have also been arrested in connection
with the incident.
A senior militant of NSCN-IM was arrested from
Noney District. According to an official statement, he was involved
in illegal activities in Noney District and Tamenglong District.
SFs arrested PLA militant 'corporal' Janap Khan
from Yairipok Bazar area in Thoubal. INR 3,130 and other incriminating
items were recovered from the arrested militant.
Two laborers who were abducted for ransom were
rescued by SFs from Saikul area in Kangpokpi District and one
abductor identified as Jangjho was arrested. The laborers identified
as Nausawm Lian and Khupginlal were abducted on March 26 for INR
two million. The rescue operation was launched based on information
disclosed by a militant of KNF-MC. Police also arrested two women
identified as Hatneikim Haokip and Nemneilam Haokip who revealed
that an individual identified as Letminlen Doungel was leader
of abduction group.
Unidentified militants placed hand grenades along
with extortion notes at two different brick fields identified
as Yumnam Construction and Arbindro Brick Field located at two
different places of Thoubal District. Police Bomb Disposal Squads
later detonated the grenades safely. According to the ownerYummam
Construction, he had received extortion threat from PREPAK.
MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju admitted that radicalisation
efforts from across the border in Bangladesh are on in the Northeast.
The Minister stated that 'Security and intelligence agencies are
aware of the threat of radicalisation in the North Eastern states
and they are taking necessary steps to thwart these moves. The
activities of such radical elements are being monitored closely'.
The Minister also added that GoI has an extensive
engagement with the Government of Bangladesh on the issue of illegal
migrants under various bilateral mechanisms like the Joint Consultative
Commission, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary-level talks,
Joint Working Group on Security and Border Management, Joint Task
Forces on Human Trafficking, fake currency notes.
Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh
had stated that religious radicalisation as a serious security
threat and said if not checked in time, it could lead to terrorism.
The Minister who reviewed the security situation in the Northeast
with chief secretaries and Director General of Police (DGPs) of
the region, also expressed concern over the proliferation of illegal
arms and asked the DGPs to launch organised campaigns against
arms smugglers. He stated that 'If we talk about the future security
threats, radicalisation has come as a huge security challenge.
Radicalisation is a trans-national phenomenon. If we can't check
it, it will turn into terrorism'
Three Rohingyas were arrested from Moreh in Tengnoupal
District, reports Imphal Free Press. The arrestees include two
men and a women. The arrested individuals have been identified
as Saifullah, Salam and Toiba Haut.
A militant of KCP-MC identified as Elangbam Rabi
was arrested from Thoubal District. A Chinese hand grenade, two
grenade detonators, nine numbers of 9mm ammunitions and other
incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militant.
An IED exploded at a power substation at Thoubal
Khunou in Thoubal District, wounding two non locals. The IED exploded
at the temporary camp of workers near the gate of the power substation.
SFs recovered a cache of arms and ammunition
from Pat area of Ishok Makha Leikai, Bishenpur District. The recovered
items include two M 16 Rifles, four AK-56 Rifles and one A4 Rifle
along with Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).
Six people including four former militants were
detained by Thoubal Police under suspicion for their involvement
April 8 explosion in power house area which wounded four non local
labourers. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the
SFs rescued a minor girl who was recruited by
UNLF. The SFs rescued the girl after receiving information about
the desertion of the minor from UNLF camp in Myanmar.
Two Rohingyas were arrested from Moreh town in
Tengnoupal District. The arrested individuals were identified
as Mohammed Shobik and his wife Arofa. The police have arrested
eight Rohingya from Moreh since the refugee crisis broke out in
Myanmar. Three of them, arrested on March 22, are in jail
According to UMHA report due to cooperation from
Bangladesh and Myanmar, activities of IIGs have been contained.
The report also stated that. In order to enhance the operational
capability of the border guarding force and address connectivity
issues, a border infrastructure project involving construction
of roads and helipads along the Indo Myanmar border is being planned.
New COB are also being planned to be set up closer to the Indo-Myanmar
border. Along Indo-Myanmar border, 10 kilometer fencing between
Border Post No. 79-81 at Moreh has been approved at INR 359.9
Million. A fencing of approximately four km has been completed
and an amount of INR 224.1 Million. Along 1643 Kilometer border
with Myanmar, 1,472 km has been demarcated.
According to the UMHA report, there are only
two un-demarcated portions along the Indo-Myanmar border: Lohit
sub-sector of Arunachal Pradesh - 136 kilometeres and Kabaw Valley
in Manipur - 35 kilometeres, border fencing between boundary pillar
No. 79 and No. 81 in Moreh.
SSB According to the UMHA report, there are only
two un-demarcated portions along the Indo-Myanmar border: Lohit
sub-sector of Arunachal Pradesh - 136 kilometeres and Kabaw Valley
in Manipur - 35 kilometeres, border fencing between boundary pillar
No. 79 and No. 81 in Moreh. The ITBP has established 173 BOPs
along the Indo-China border, said the report.
GoI has approved of construction of 313 km border
road at a cost of Rs 1,259 crore in Assam along the Indo-Bhutan
border. The construction work has not yet started due to pending
MCP-M 12 criticized the State Government over
its inability to control the 'Thabal Chongba' (dancing in the
moon light) festival which is being continued at various places.
According to MCP-M, the festival should be associated with the
culture and tradition of the people and should have a limitation.
Surrendered militants in Manipur announced a
36 hour general strike from midnight of April 15, if the government
fails to provide the beneficiaries that they are supposed to get
under the surrendered scheme by April 14. The announcement was
made by Vice President of ANSWA. According to him the surrendered
militants were not happy with the Government as they are not being
provided what the government had promised them under the Surrendered
A KCP-MJC during a search operation at Phoudem
Mayai Leikai in Thoubal District. The arrested individual was
identified as Elangbam Kesho, alias Priyo.
On his disclosure another KCP-MJC militant identified
as Yumnam Mani, alias Nanao was arrested on the same day from
Tangjeng in Thoubal District. In a follow up action another militant
of KCP-MJC identified as Lelkhohao Haokip was arrested from an
unspecified location in Thoubal District. Two pistols, 9mm pistol
with magazine and one .32 pistol loaded with four rounds of ammunition
were recovered from the arrested militant.
A PREPAK-VC militant was arrested from Meitei
Lamkhai in Imphal East District. The arrested militant has been
identified as Laishram Bembem Devi, alias Thaba.
A UNLF militant dentified as Barik, alias Pari
was arrested during a search operation at Yairipok Bishnunaha
area in Thoubal District. An unidentified KLA militant was arrested
from Kangpokpi District.
An AK-series rifle, 4 magazines and 92 rounds
of ammunition were recovered from the arrested militant.
A TPLA militant was arrested from near Tengdonyang
under Sekmai Police station in Kangpokpi District. The arrested
militant has been identified as 'deputy defence secretary' Khaikam
Kipgen alias Kamboi Kipgen. One foreign made 9mm Beretta
pistol was recovered from the arrested militant. The arrested
militant was also involved in extortion and abduction as well.
UPF and KNO jointly organised a public consultative
meeting Churachandpur District. The meeting was attended by leaders
of civil societies, church leaders, women's organisation, students,
intellectuals and general public. UPF and KNO had a joint declaration
that, while the talks are in the process, the organisations will
not negotiate for anything in terms of TC. The KNO spokesperson
also stated the organisation had a tripartite political dialogue
after SoO was signed with Central and state government.
A KYKKL militant identified as Leishangthem Rakesh
Meitei alias Pamjaba was arrested on April 18 from Imphal West
Another KYKKL identified as Laishram Sanahan Meitei
was arrested from Khabam Kontha in Imphal West District.
A PREPAK-pro militant identified as Toijam Naocha
alias Tenden alias Malemnganba Singh was arrested
from Kondong Lairembi Haraobung road in Tengnoupal District. The
arrested militant, according to the Police stated that he was
recruited to PREPAK-pro by a militant identified as 'sergeant
A Chinese grenade was recovered from the residential
gate of one Khumanthem Tomba of Haoreibi Makha Leikai in Imphal
West. Manipur police bomb disposal squad safely detonated the
bomb. No organisation or individual has claimed responsibility
for the incident.
CASO operation was conducted at at Fundrei Awang
Leikai in Thoubal District. A total of 370 males and 540 females
were put under verification, in which two persons were referred
to Khongjom police station for further investigation
GoI has revised the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy of militants in the northeastern states with effect from
April 1. The grant for surrendered militants has been raised to
INR 4,00,000 from INR 1,00,000 and the monthly stipend to INR
6,000 from INR 3,500 for three years. According to UMHA official,
revised policy also includes provisions for vocational training,
funds for construction of rehabilitation camps and compulsory
Aadhaar biometric registration of surrenderees. The surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy in the Northeast has been implemented since 1998. Under
the revised SRE in the region, ex gratia for civilians killed
has been doubled to INR 1,00,000 and for Police personnel it has
been increased to two million from INR 3,00,000. For Police personnel
who suffer from permanent disability the ex gratia has been increased
from INR 75,000 to INR 3,00,000. Additionally, the salary for
home guards has been increased from INR 4,500 to INR 6,000. Moreover,
honorarium for village defence guards doubled to INR 3,000.
The latest round of tripartite talk between UNC
and GoI on the District creation issue in Manipur slated for today
was deferred. Sources informed that due to some 'exigencies' of
the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA), the talks are deferred.
However, it is not known whether a new date has been fixed for
the next round of talks. The last talks were held on March 23,
2018. It was the sixth round. The first round was held on March
AR recovered three sophisticate weapons foreign
weapons including a US made M4 A2 Carbine, a Myanmar made MA Mk3
rifle and a German made 9mm GSG-5 Carbine from Churachandpur District.
Recovery was made from general area of Lamjang village to B. Aijalon
village of Churachandpur. One individual identified as Lunmang
Haokip alias Mark was arrested.
Four Rohingya immigrants were arrested during
a search operation at a hotel near Gate No. 2 in Moreh in Tengnoupal
District. The arrested individuals have been identified as Zobar,
Rapik, Kamal Hussain and Munni Bibi . All of the arrestees hail
from Yakhai in Myanmar. A trafficker identified as Takhellambam
Gobin Singh was also arrested in the same incident.
UNC stated that Security force personnel from
Myanmar removed a newly installed structure that demarcated the
boundary line in the Indo-Myanmar border. UNC stated that they
constructed a small concrete structure as a replacement of a weathered
stump which was understood as the structure serving as demarcation
between Myanmar and India in the international border at N Satang
Maring village and Chotong Maring village in the Border Number
A militant of PREPAK-pro identified as Laishram
Somendro was arrested from Imphal East District.
A militant of KYKL was arrested on the same day
from Yairipok Lamkhai in Thoubal District. The arrested militant
was identified as Laishram Bindana Singh alias Abinash.
A total of 586 militants were arrested and 18
others were killed in Manipur in 2017. From January to April this
year, 119 insurgents have been arrested.
An Assam Rifles Trooper and a civilian were wounded
in a grenade explosion near Manipur Tourism Department office
in Imphal West District. The wounded AR trooper has been identified
as Rifleman N Prem Singh.
Two BSF troopers were killed and three civilians
wounded in an IED blast near the gate of 49 BSF battalion head
quarter Luwangsangbam Awang Leikai in Imphal West District. The
BSF fatalities have been identified as N. Ningthouba Meitei and
Sanjay Tirkey. Three wounded civilians have been identified as
Mangshatabam Premlata, Heishnam Mubi and Bindya Thakuri. No militant
group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
KIM stated that no agreement or solution should
be inked with NSCN-IM before the atrocities committed by the outfit
against the Kukis is settled first. Following RN Ravi's recent
announcement that a solution to the Naga insurgency problem is
at hand, KIM submitted yet another memorandum to Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to first settle the NSCN-IM's alleged criminal acts
upon the Kukis. The memorandum stated that stated that any kind
of agreement or solution with NSCN-IM and along community line
within Manipur will never be accepted by the organisation.
PREPAK has claimed responsibility for the May
9 explosion in Imphal which killed two BSF troopers. In a public
release, 'secretary in charge, publicity and propaganda, Leibaak
Ngaakpa Luwang' claimed that the attack was conducted by 'red
army' of PREPAK.
ZUF press statement stated that D. Longmei who
is holding the post of 'home secretary' has been given additional
charge of the 'finance secretary', reports Imphal Free Press on
May 10. The former finance secretary, A. Dangmei will hold the
post of 'external affairs secretary'.
Police arrested six people including two women
suspected to be involved in May 9 explosion. Imphal West police
station the Director General of Police (DGP) Manipur, L.M Khaute,
said the militant were arrested from different places in Imphal
East and West District as well as Thoubal Districts.
Of the six arrestees, five members including two
women are cadres of PREPAK and belong to PREPAK-pro. The main
suspect of the attack identified as Thoudam Suresh alias Khamba
alias Inunganba was arrested from Leishangthem Thoudam Mamang
Leikai in Thoubal District. The other arrestees have been identified
as Thokchom Ranjit Singh and his wife, Thokchom Tharongoubi Leimai,
Irom Kumudini Devi, Thoudam Aboy alias Wathouba alias Ekheng Meitei.
NESCO a students body of seven north-eastern States
has demanded provisions of ILP for all the States of the region
along with special Constitutional status to protect the land and
resources of Northeast. A joint protest demonstration would be
staged on May 12 (today) in Dighalipukhuripar in Guwahati followed
by similar protest activities in every State capital of the region
and district-wise protest demonstrations across the Northeast
to oppose the bill. All Assam Students' Union has also announced
a series of protest activities against the Citizenship Amendment
A large quantity of weapons, arms, explosives
and communication equipment were recovered from Khonjang Khoppi
village of Thanlon Sub-Division in Pherzawl District. The recovered
arms include fours rifles and huge quantity of ammunition. Three
militants of UTLA identified as 'sergeant major'Marcus alias Soilienmang,
Lal Thang and Papau were arrested during the recovery at Khonjang
Wife of NSCN-K militnat who was transporting INR
1.3 million of ransom money was arrested from Korengi in Imphal
Nine Myanmarese nationals and an Indian trafficker
was arrested in Moreh in Tengnoupal District. All of the arrestees
were carrying fake identification including voter id and Aadhar
Insurgency-related incidents in the Northeast
dropped by 36 per cent in 2017, the lowest in 20 years. The annual
report of the home ministry (2017-18) said such incidents decreased
to 308 in 2017 compared to 484 in 2016 .
Manipur accounted for about 54 per cent of total
violent incidents in the region with the state reporting 167 of
the 308 incidents during 2017. The state, however, witnessed 28
per cent decline in such incidents from 233 in 2016 to 167 in
2017. The number of civilian deaths, on the other hand, went up
from 11 to 23.
SFs recovered two AK-47 Rifles, one M-16 Rifle
and large amounts of magazines and live ammunition from the upper
Khengjang village of Kangpokpi District.
Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh
has declared that his government stands firm in opposing any outcome
of the peace talks between GoI and NSCN-IM which would affect
the integrity of Manipur. Several civil society organisations
had asked the Manipur government to declare its stance regarding
interlocutor R.N. Ravi's statements on the creation of a Naga
territorial council as part of the peace deal. Manipur CM said
that Manipur Government will oppose the formation of any territorial
council and division of people on the lines of community. "We
will fight any form of threat against the territorial integrity
A truck engaged in construction of Imphal-Jiribam
railway project was set ablaze by suspected militants along the
National Highway-37 in Noney District. Police stated that truck
was torched by three unidentified cadres of a hill based militant
groups while the truck was heading towards a tunnel construction
site near Noney District Headquarters.
Altogether 1500 personnel of Assam Rifles, Manipur
Rifles, Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBN), State police and Railway
Protection Force (RPF) have been guarding the project. Fourteen
cases of abduction and shooting of people engaged in the railway
project were reported during the last one year.
State Police Department has decided to upgrade
its security measured by constituting a dedicated special commando
unit to tackle law and order situation, including counter-insurgency.
Director-general of Police L.M. Khaute stated
that 'The manpower for the special commando unit is being culled
from the 265 state police personnel'. Khaute said of the 265 policemen,
20 officers, including five each from Imphal West, Imphal East,
Thoubal and Bishnupur Districts, will be picked up to supervise
the personnel. The officers will work under the command of inspector
James Thangal, who will be the unit's officer-in-charge. Thangal
will work under the command of Imphal West Additional Superintendent
of Police (operations) N. Madhunimai Singh. The unit's overall
control will be under the purview of the deputy inspector-general
of police-range 1.