Manipur Timeline 2018

Date

Incidents

January 1

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.

January 3

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 activities.

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 read.

January 4

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.

January 6

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.

January 7

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.

January 10

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 in Manipur.

January 12

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 District.

January 13

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.

January 15

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.

January 16

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.

January 19

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.

January 18

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.

January 22

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.

January 23

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.

January 24

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.

January 25

Two HCC employees abducted on January 18 were rescued at Phailenkot range of Motbung area of Kangpokpi District.

January 27

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 residence.

A KYKL militant Irengbam Geetchandra Singh was arrested from Wangoo Lupa Marup area Kakching District. The arrested militant was also involved in extortion activities.

January 30

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 District.

Janauary 31

UNPC/CTLA arrested from Imphal West District. Two pistols, a grenade and ammunition were recovered from the militants.

February 1

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.

February 4

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.

February 5

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.

February 6

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.

February 7

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 attack.

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 East.

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.

February 8

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 Schools.

Few missionary schools reopened in Imphal amidst tight security after reports of threats from militant groups forced them to remain shut for two days.

February 10

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.

February 11

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.

February 13

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.

February 14

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.

February 16

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.

February 19

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.

Fberuary 19-20

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.

February 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..

February 21

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 to another.

February 22

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 of 13,000.

February 26

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.

March 3

Firefight occurred between NSCN-IM and ZUF militants at near Nungadang in Tamenglong District

March 4

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.

March 5

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.

March 6

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 the attack.

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

March 7

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 Manipur'.

March 8

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 location.

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.

March 9

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.

March 10

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.

March 12

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.

March 13

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 operation.

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.

March 20

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 in Myanmar.

March 21

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 Eastern States'.

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'

March 22

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.

March 23

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.

March 26

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.

March 30

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.

March 31

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.

April 1

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.

April 2

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.

April 4

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'

April 7

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.

April 8

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).

April 9

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 attack.

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.

April 10

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

April 11

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 land acquisition.

April 12

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 Rehabilitation schemes.

April 14

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.

April 15

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.

April 17

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.

April 18

A KYKKL militant identified as Leishangthem Rakesh Meitei alias Pamjaba was arrested on April 18 from Imphal West District.

Another KYKKL identified as Laishram Sanahan Meitei was arrested from Khabam Kontha in Imphal West District.

April 20

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 major' Thoiba.

April 22

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

April 23

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.

April 27

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 19, 2017.

April 29

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.

May 1

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 82.

May 2

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.

May 7

Two factions of ZUF , one led by S Kamson and the other by Jeanchui have come to a term of "ceasefire agreement" between the two groups. According to a joint press statement, the ZUF was "divided into two groups" about a year ago following some misunderstandings, subsequently resulting in lost of lives from both sides.

May 8

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.

May 9

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.

May 10

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'.

May 11

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 Bill 2016.

May 11-12

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 Khoppi village.

May 13

Wife of NSCN-K militnat who was transporting INR 1.3 million of ransom money was arrested from Korengi in Imphal West.

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 cards.

May 15

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.

May 18

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 of Manipur.

May 20

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.

May 21

AR recovered two GSG-5 German rifles with four magazines, one Uzkon semi-automatic shot gun with three magazines, two 9 mm Beretta pistols with four magazines, one 9 mm Sigsauer pistol with two magazines, cordtex, detonators and more than 6000 rounds of ammunition.

Nine people including eight Rohingyas were arrested by Police from Hatta Golapati in lmphal East District. Four of the arrestees have been identified as Mohammad Younus, 27, Mohammad Anwar, 28, and Mohammed Ismaile, 28, from Myanmar, and Sultana, 27, a Bangladeshi national. Two United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards and four fake Aadhaar cards were recovered from the detained individuals.

Deputy inspector-general K. Jayantakumar stated that two of the detainees Younus and Anwar applied for UNHCR ID card and then went to Bethindi Bitatanagar in Jammu and Kashmir. They came to lmphal on May 16, stayed in a rented room.

May 22

SFs conducted a search operation and recovered an AK 56 rifle with some live bullets at Phumlen lake near Langmeidong in Thoubal District. SFs recovered eight live bullets, one magazine and few other items.

A PREPAK-pro militant was arrested from Langol Shija Hospital crossing in Imphal West. The arrested militant has been identified as Chingakham Sarat Singh.

May 24

Manipur Police on May 24 stated that over 70 undocumented persons suspected to be illegal immigrants were arrested. Over 60 undocumented persons were detected at Mao in Senapati District. Police at Jiri, the headquarters of Jiribam district bordering Assam also nabbed six persons of suspicious nationalities. Meanwhile three Rohingya girls were chased out of a destitute home in Imphal East District.

Manipur Police sent back 45 illegal immigrants while allegedly trying to enter the state without valid identification proof. Police reportedly sent back 38 immigrants from Mao in Senapati District and seven from Jiribam while trying to enter into the state without valid documents.

Three Myanmar nationals were arrested from Tengnoupal District. The three arrested individuals were identified as Thant Zin Soe, Thant Zin Tun and Aung Thi Ha.

May 26

SFs arrested three TLPA from Haibung village in Senapati District. The arrested militants were identified as Pasokholal Vaiphei alias Chaiza, Leninlal Lhouvum and Jangboi Lhouvum.

May 27

A hand grenade was found planted by unknown miscreants at the makeshift shed built for labourers at Keirak Khongnang Leikai in Kakching District. It is being suspected that the grenade was planted by a group who claimed to be militants of KCP.

May 28

A UNLF militant was arrested from Sunrise Ground, Dalpati in Tengnoupal District. The militant have been identified as 'captain' Haorongbam Ranjit alias Lumba. Earlier he served in the 'intelligence wing' of in Kumbi aiding the 'Sajik Tampak battalion' of UNLF. In 2017 he also took up the charge of NRF.

May 29

UMHA has formulated has introduced a new surrender policy to lure away militants from joining militancy in North east region. The policy has proposed a fixed deposit of INR 4,00,000 and monthly stipend of INR6,000 to those who surrendered and an extra incentive for those with weapons. Stipend would be paid in the bank account and fixed deposit would be handed over to the surrendered militant only after sighing of the memorandum of settlement (MoS) with respective militant outfits. UMHA also clarified that if surrendered militant is found to have been indulging in any criminal activities before the signing of MoU, the surrendered militant will forfeit his fixed deposit. Earlier surrender militants were given a stipend of INR 3,000 and one time grant of INR 3,00,000. UMHA has also decided to send the militants, seeking to surrender without arms, to the State level screening committee which will take a decision on accepting or rejecting the surrender. Informing that there are nearly 3,500 surrendered militants who will be benefited by new surrender policy in Assam, security sources said that a 12-member group of Kuki militant outfit has also come forward to surrender with six AK series rifles.

May 30

Imphal west District Police arrested 88 non locals who did not possess proper identity proof at Ragailong in Imphal West District. Separately, a Rohingya family was arrested near Mao gate in Senapati District. The arrestees have been indentified as Abdullah, his wife Bibi Ayesha and child Abdul Ahad.

June 16

The UNC has called a 12-hour bandh (general shutdown strike) along the National Highways and District Highways in the "Naga areas" of Manipur on June 18 in support of its demand for early settlement of the Naga political issue. The UNC said the bandh would come into effect from 6 am on June 18. It said that the media, water supply, medical service and SFs would be exempted from the purview of the bandh.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.