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Manipur Timeline - Year 2016

January 1

Based on specific intelligence regarding movement of an UG cadre, troops of 45 AR of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Heingang Police launched a joint operation at Koirengei and arrested one UNLF cadre, identified as No 1983, Self-Styled 'Sergeant' Thoibi alias Leiksingba (24) of Yumnam Patlou in Imphal East District. One 9 mm pistol along with magazine and three live rounds was recovered from his possession. The arrestee along with the recovered item has been handed over to Heingang Police station.

January 2

The Mizoram and Manipur governments will implement the NFSA from February, 2016. "Arrangements for making available rice to those excluded from the scheme will be made through the PDS," Mizoram's Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana said in Aizawl. He said 706,296 people out of around 11 lakh population will be provided rice at subsidised rate under NFSA while the remaining households can buy eight kg rice per month at INR 15 per kilogram. Similarly, in Imphal, an official of Manipur's food and civil supplies department said, "Work on computerization of data and digitization of ration cards are in advanced stage for the implementation of the food security act."

Security was stepped up at Army and air force installations located in the northeastern region in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot in Punjab. The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor towards north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states in the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases. The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.

Army sources in the region said that forces guarding defence installations in the northeast are already on a high alert as the region is an insurgency-affected area and shares borders with four countries. Security was also beefed up at LGBI airport in Guwahati as it is located adjacent to the Borjhar air base. Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said that along with other SFs in Assam and the entire region, are deployed on a counter-insurgency/terrorism grid and are always on a high alert. "We are always prepared to effectively contain any such untoward incident," he said.

January 4

A lethod shell was found at the main entrance gate of Elite Senior Secondary School in Imphal, which is also the entry gate of JNIMS director Laishram Deben and his wife L Sumitra Devi, who is the chairperson of the school. A Police team retrieved the shell safely.  MCP-M reportedly claimed responsibility of depositing the shell. They claimed that the bomb threat was a warning to the JNIMS director Laishram Deben over his failure to run the hospital.

A team of District Police commando arrested one active cadre of PREPAK while conducting search operation in some suspected houses at Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East District. The arrested cadre has been identified as Kshetrimayum Dhanajit Singh alias Imoro alias Herojit (49) of Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai. One HE hand grenade (No 36) along with a detonator was seized from his possession.

January 5

AR troops launched an operation in Grihang and Kamjong in Ukhrul District and killed two underground cadres of an unknown group. One AK-56 rifle along with magazine, twelve live rounds of 7.62 mm and five fired cases of 7.62 mm have been recovered from the spot. The bodies of the two slain militants along with the recovered weapons have been handed over to Chassad Police Station in the District.

January 7

A joint team of AR and Bihar Regiment launched a joint operation in Bunghal Khullen area of Thoubal District in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition. During the search operation, the team recovered one AK-56 rifle and two magazines along with 60 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Further search along with Thoubal Commandos led to recovery of 54 live rounds of 7.62mm, 47 live rounds of 7.62mm sniper rifle, one magazine of 7.62mm AK-56 Rifle, one magazine of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle and five live rounds of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle. Search of the living room of one Lelen Kipgen, who was missing, resulted in recovery of one seal of KNF-N, demand letter and documents pertaining to KNF-N.

A team of District Police commando conducted frisking and checking in front of City Hospital in Dewlahland in Imphal West District and arrested an active member of PLA/RPF identified as Laishram Lakpati alias Johnson (44) of Khongman Zone III in Mayai Leikai. On his disclosure, another cadre of the same organisation identified as Wangkheimayum Bobby Singh alias Imobi alias Lamjing alias Boy alias Sarat (38) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak Ayangpali Road was also arrested from Khoyathong Senapati bus parking on the same day. Investigation revealed that they were involved in extortion from different Government departments. Investigation also revealed that W Bobby Singh had also made monetary demands in the name of CorCom in some Government offices. Incriminating articles were seized from their possession.

January 8

JNIMS Professor Dr Chanam Manglem was attacked by some unidentified assailants by hurling a hand grenade at his Khongman Zone-II (East) residence in Imphal East District on January 7. The grenade exploded inside the residential gate of Dr Manglem and the explosion damaged some portions of the gate and the house. Taking strong exception to the grenade attack, local people staged a protest demonstration.

January 12

AR troops and District Police commandos launched a joint operation in Tumukhong in Imphal East District and arrested three cadres of KYKL.

Based on reliable information about the presence of some KCP cadres in and around Soibam Leikai area, a team of Imphal East District Police commando conducted search operation, and arrested two active cadres of KCP-N, identified as Yengkokpam Ranjan Singh alias Amuba (46) of Top Mayai Leikai and Kshetrimayum Romesh Singh alias Inaocha (39) of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai. Investigation revealed that Romesh was also working for KYKL and involved in extortion of money from SK Oil nominees of Imphal East and West Districts.

January 15

Two hardcore militants of the NSCN-K were arrested in Senapati District of Manipur. The militants - identified as self-styled ‘Lieutenant’ Lamang Kipgen (36) of Lilen village in Paren District of Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen (23) of Langjol village of Senapati District - were arrested along with one 9 mm pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from Daili village, a defence press release said. On questioning, Kipgen confessed that he was a top leader of NSCN-K and had joined the outfit in 1996, the release said. He was trained by the outfit and involved in recruiting cadres, it added.

The AHRC stated that the enforcement of the AFSPA has only been used so far to intimidate the local population, which has lost confidence in their government. “Only corrupt state officers, politicians and the omnipresent and armed militant groups of Manipur will benefit from the impunity provided by the AFSPA,” said a statement from the AHRC. The AFSPA, it said, “should not be enforced in Manipur to support organized lawlessness benefitting illegal drug and weapon smuggling cartels.” “Uncontrollable insurgent activity in Manipur,” the AHRC opined, is the direct result of “failed state administration.” Militancy also benefits from the poor management of the international border between India and Burma, it added. The AHRC, it stated, has documented cases of police officers, government officers, and politicians sharing illegal profits obtained from the black-marketing of essential commodities in the state.  

January 16

A combined team of BSF and Lamlai Police arrested one cadre of the KNF-N from Itham village in Imphal East District. BSF sources said that a joint team of 49th battalion BSF and Lamlai Police rushed to Itham village after getting information of KNF-N cadres extorting money from the owners of sand quarries. On seeing the SF personnel, one of the cadres suddenly opened one round of fire in the air and tried to flee the area. However, some villagers overpowered a cadre and caught him while four other cadres managed to escape. The arrested cadre was later identified as Kamminlun of Singsit Veng Kangpokpi in Senapati District. He revealed that he came to the village from Kangpokpi with four other cadres two days back. They also brought two AK-47 rifles and one 9 mm pistol. Soon after his arrest, the combined team conducted a search operation to arrest other cadres at the area. During the course of the operation, the SFs recovered an AK-47 rifle along with a magazine loaded with 11 live rounds from near a river at around 8 pm.

January 17

A combined team of Police and AR personnel recovered a huge cache of ammunition from a forest at Sagolmang Pukhao area in Imphal East District. Police said 300 rounds of M-16 rifles, 44 rounds of AK-47 rifles, two detonators and two local-made magazines were found wrapped in a big polythene bag. It was yet to be known which individual, group or militant outfit kept the ammunition there and for what purpose.

UNC called a 48-hour general strike in tribal areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention of the GoI with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based JAC constituted against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills has also called for boycotting the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal areas in the State. In a press release, the UNC has decried the indifferent attitude shown by GoI towards the bodies of the nine tribal martyrs still lying at the morgue of Churachandpur civil hospital after they were killed in Police action while defending the inalienable rights of the tribal people in the aftermath of the passage of the three alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31, 2015. Alleging that the State Government has grabbed tribal lands by carving out hundreds of hill tribal villages and placing them into four valley Districts of Imphal in the name of re-organisation of Police District boundaries, UNC demanded that such orders should be immediately revoked and hill tribal villages placed back in hill Districts. UNC shall abstain from Republic Day celebration this year in protest against the role of fence-sitter taken by Government of India inspite of chaos, disorder, political suppression, etc., in the hill Districts of Manipur, said the UNC statement.

January 20

Based on a specific intelligence regarding the movement of militants, the troops of the 45 AR established a vehicle check post in Yurabung area in Imphal East District and arrested one UNLF cadre. The arrestee has been identified as No 1810, Self-Styled Private, Raghu alias Thomas, resident of Khajiri in Nambol in Bishnupur District and he has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station.

Troops of 16 AR on frisking and checking duty along the Imphal-Ukhrul road, arrested a woman with explosive materials, who was travelling in an Ukhrul-bound passenger vehicles originating from Imphal. The items seized from the women include nine detonators, three packets of highly explosive weighing 125 grams each and three fuses. The items were found in a bag carried by the woman identified as Puprangla Hungyo (53) wife of (L) Ajoy Hungyo of Sorde Village of Ukhrul District. The woman along with the devices has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station of Imphal East, an official report said.

Tension gripped Itham village in Imphal East District after KNF-N allegedly threatened the villagers to kill them if any of them enter the neighbouring Kuki village. The threat came after the arrest of a KNF-N cadre by BSF on January 16. Itham is an interior village of Imphal East District surrounded by Naga and Kuki villages. Speaking to reporters at the village, Itham Naharol Yaipha Thourang Lup secretary T Somorjit said that Kuki militants have been constantly harassing the transporters and workers engaged in quarry works in the village.

January 23

Seven persons have been detained during different search operations conducted by Imphal West and Imphal East District. The first operation was conducted under the supervision of Imphal West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit and Imphal West Commando OIC P Sanjoy at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi community hall, where all the residents were called for verification. Five persons who could not produce proper identity proof documents were taken to Imphal Police Station for further investigation. On the other hand, a team of Imphal East District Police also carried out a search operation at Bamon Leikai Nahabam area under supervision of Imphal East ASP (Operations) Singhajit and Commando OIC P Achouba, in which two persons were detained at Porompat Police Station.

January 24

Four militant outfits operating in north-east India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations on January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA), CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in the region on January 26. "We call upon the citizens to put out a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA). We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18 hrs of January 26," the statement mailed to the media said.

January 27

Unidentified militants exploded a bomb at the residence of a contractor of Government's PMGSY scheme, Sinam Dijen in Yaiskul Sougaijam Leirak Nambul Mapal under Imphal Police Station in Imphal west District. However, no casualties were reported. According to the available information, the bomb is suspected to be an IED.

A head constable, identified as Thounaojam Herojit Singh, who had claimed to have killed Chungkham Sanjit, a former militant, in a controversial case on July 23, 2009 on the orders given by the then ASP, Imphal West, Akoijam Jhalajit Singh, disappeared after he boarded an Imphal-bound flight at Delhi Airport. His family members fear that he could have been abducted by unidentified suspects after landing at Imphal airport on the same day.

January 28

AR personnel and Thoubal Police Commandos during a search in Bongbal Khullen village in Senapati District arrested one KNF-N cadre, identified as the 'assistant finance secretary' Satkithang Kipgen alias Ranjit (29). One 9mm Pistol (Country made) along with a magazine and nine live rounds were also recovered from his possession.

February 3

The UNC in a statement has confirmed that it will go ahead with the proposed 48 hrs 'Total' bandh and has warned against any violation of the said agitation. Endorsing the UNC's 48-hour bandh starting February 4 midnight, the CNPO has announced a total shut down in Chandel District of Manipur, including educational institutions during the bandh. Publicity wing of the apex body has informed that any elements or anti-social forces attempting to undermine the decision of the tribals in Manipur and Nagas will not be tolerated, it warned.

Two suspected rival militant outfits exchanged fire near Molnom village under Tengnoupal Police Station in Chandel District. According to sources, the incident happened when suspected militants believed to be cadres of NSCN-IM attacked another militant group suspected to be from a Kuki Underground outfit, who retaliated using automatic weapons. After a brief encounter the attackers fled and escaped from the spot, added the source. During the encounter, one militant received a gun-shot; however, his identity is still unknown, informed the source. However, another source said that the incident happened after suspected NSCN-IM ambushed and fired the other militants near the village.

February 4

A civilian sustained injury when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at Molnom village under Tengnoupal Police Station in Chandel District. Three youngsters of Molnom village were taking bath in a nearby river after playing volleyball when around 15 armed assailants with both sophisticated weapons and double barrel shotguns came to the river thrashed them. On hearing the shouts made by one of three youngsters, local womenfolk who were keeping a vigil against abuse of intoxicating substances rushed to the river. On seeing the womenfolk, the assailants opened fire and fled. One Lunkhogin Haokip (25) sustained injury in the firing.

A former militant, identified as Salam Sanajaoba (28), was shot dead by three unidentified armed assailants at Sadhu Yenkhuman village under Sagolmang Police Station in Imphal East District. He was a cadre of the KCP-MC, who had surrendered one and a half year ago.

February 5

The UNC called a 48-hour Bandh to fulfill its demands. Traffic movement was obstructed along Imphal-Moreh road (National Highway 2) by a large number of volunteers from CNPO which has endorsed the UNC strike. The UNC said any attempt to sabotage the final Naga political settlement based on 'unique history of the Nagas' will never be compromised under any circumstances.

February 7

Manipur Police beefed up security measures as Kuki organisations condemned the "unprovoked" gun attack on February 3 on Kukis in Molnom villagers near Pallel town along National Highway 2. Several shots were fired at the terrified villagers in Molnom. One youth, Lunkhogin Haokip, sustained serious injuries, Kukis of the village said. In a joint statement condemning the incident, the Kuki Chiefs' Association in Chandel District, the Kuki People's Forum, the Thadou Students' Association, and the Kuki Students' Organisation said that some cadres of the NSCN-IM had opened fire at the villagers. The Kuki Reformation Forum also condemned what it described as the unprovoked firing. In a statement it said the incident reminded the people of the "ethnic cleansing" started by the NSCN-IM.

February 9

MPA, the military wing of UNLF, said a final settlement with the NSCN-IM should be confined to Nagaland only and any attempt to harm Manipur's territorial interests would be opposed. "A settlement with the NSCN (I-M) should be within the confines of Nagaland only," Kh. Pambei, chairman of military affairs committee of the MPA, said in a statement issued in connection with the outfit's 29th raising day on February 9. Stating that Manipur should be kept out of the settlement, Pambei said any attempt by the Centre against the wishes of the people of Manipur would be opposed.

February 10

A KRA militant, identified as Yamkholen Touthang (40) of T Tuinom village, was killed by unidentified assailants near KT College under Kangpokpi Police Station in Senapati District. According to a Police source, the body bored a suspected bullet injury mark near the left ear which exited through left eye. KRA is under SoO pact with the Government.

February 12

Two non-local masons were reportedly injured in a powerful blast that occurred near a bridge which is currently under construction at Sawombung in Imphal East District. According to sources, the bomb is suspected to be an IED and it exploded on the bank of Iril River near an under construction bridge. The injured persons have been identified as Jabikal Islam (25) and Jahrudin (30), both of them are from Kamrup Jabakali in Assam.

Unknown armed assailants abducted a project manager of Coastal Projects Ltd, currently engaged in construction of tunnels for Jiribam-Tupul railway line in Tamenglong District. According to sources, the project manager identified as Mohammad Manir Raja from Bihar was abducted by around 10 armed assailants from near tunnel number 10 located between Kambiron and Khongshang under Nungba Police Station in the District.

A team of District Police commando arrested one self-styled 'Sergeant' of UNLF while conducting operation in and around Wapokpi bazar in Thoubal District. The arrested individual has been identified as Thounaojam Manglemba Singh alias Kanbiba (32) of Thounaojam Mamang Leikai, according to a statement issued by the PRO of Police Department.

The AMUCO warned of launching mass agitation if a white paper on the points incorporated in the accord signed between the GoI and NSCN-IM are not made public without any further delay. This was stated by AMUCO president Dr Y Mani Khuman while addressing the 23rd foundation day of AMUCO at its office located at Kwakeithel.

February 13

Normal life was thrown out of gear in Churachandpur District on February 12 following a bandh (total shutdown) imposed by public in protest against the burial of nine victims of anti-tribal bills protestors. Almost all the shops, business establishments, government, semi-government and private offices remained closed during the bandh. Vehicles were off the road.

February 14

One IED exploded at Leinganching in Chandel District, along Imphal-Ukhrul road. No injury was reported. According to a source, the IED exploded at a roadside which was just a Kilometer away from Litan Police Station. The IED was planted 1 foot below the earth. Iron balls were also recovered from the spot.

An IED exploded near KBS oil pump in Hungdung in Ukhrul District at around 2.53 pm. Though no injury was reported, a vehicle of AR suffered major damage.

Unidentified militants planted an IED at the residence of an Assistant Professor of Lilong Haoreibi College, Md Islamuddin (60) at Lilong Heinoumakhong under Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District. According to sources, the bomb weighing around 500 grams was found fitted with a mobile phone. Later, a team of State bomb experts retrieved the IED. It is suspected that the bomb was planted in connection with a monetary demand from an Under Ground group, the source said.

February 15

Two different militant outfit in Manipur claimed the responsibility of two separate IED blasts that occurred on February 14. Whereas the proscribed RPF claimed its hand in the bomb blast which targeted troops of 41 AR at Hundung junction near KBS oil pump in Ukhrul District, the militant outfit MNPF claimed responsibility for the bomb blast which targeted another team of 41 AR on the way from Litan to Hungphung.

According to a press release issued by RPF ‘department of publicity chief’ Bangkim, the bomb attack at Hundung junction was carried out by a special warfare team of the PLA. A press release issued by MNPF ‘assistant publicity secretary’ said that they would continue their struggle for the Naga people until the sovereignty of Manipur is restored.

February 17

The Manipuri film industry shut down indefinitely to protest against extortion threats by NRFM to the Film Forum Manipur. "We have decided to suspend all Manipuri film-related activities after the National Revolutionary Front Manipur issued threats to us for not meeting its monetary demand. We will not resume our activities until the threat is withdrawn," the chairman of the Forum, L. Surjakanta, said. 

February 18

One Chinese-made hand grenade was found at the residential gate of one Okram Pishak of Singjamei Okram Leikai under Singjamei Police Station in Imphal West District. The hand grenade, which was kept by unidentified assailants, was later safely defused by the Police bomb squad. It is suspected that the hand grenade was planted at his residential gate in connection with monetary demand.

February 19

Suspected militants shot at and wounded three people, including a school girl, in a restaurant located at Khurai Angom Leikai Laiching Chingkhong in Imphal East District. The injured victims were identified as Yumnam Suraj (25), his 17 years old companion and Laishram Romita (37). Suraj received bullet injury on his face while the girl received bullet injury at the left arm.

An IED exploded at thickly populated Namthilok in North AOC in Imphal West District. However, there is no report of any casualty.

Two labourers who were reportedly abducted by armed men last week allegedly for ransom returned safely, nine days after they were picked up amongst a group of eight labourers camped on a worksite near Buongbal village in Singngat sub-division of Churachandpur District. The labourers, identified as Muanlianthang (40) and Ginsuanmang (40) reached home safely after they were abducted on February 10 midnight by five unidentified armed men. Sources said the family had withheld the kidnapping episode from the public as their captors had threatened to eliminate them if the abduction ever comes out in the press.

Manipur Police arrested five persons including three women along with two machine guns and loaded magazines from Moirang in Bishnupur District. The five were travelling in an auto when they were halted by the Police for random frisking.  Details on the identity of the arrested were not divulged for investigation, the sources said.

February 20

 27 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were handed over to the authority concerned in Bangladesh by a Manipur Police team. According to a source, all the 27 Bangladeshis had entered Manipur via Kolkata, Guwahati and Dimapur in order to earn money.

A team of Narcotic Cell arrested two persons, identified as L. Thangchungnung alias Chuchung Khongsai (18) and Sotinthang Touthang (18) along with 13 FICNs of INR 500 denomination from Gambhir Shopping Complex in Imphal West District.

February 21

Meanwhile, normal life was affected in Manipur following a state-wide 12-hour general strike called by the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur (MCPM). MCPM called the strike expressing serious concern over the Government’s inaction in the killing of Sanjit and Rabina in July 23, 2009 allegedly fake encounter case. Almost all the shops and business establishments in Imphal and its outskirt remained closed for the day, report said. 

February 22

Eighty-seven bombs believed to be of World War II were found buried at Moreh in Chandel District. Police said the bombs were found while digging the ground for construction of a power substation.

Police commandos arrested a UNLF cadre, identified as Thokchom Brendy Meetei alias Leiren alias Athouba (33) during a search operation conducted at Hatta Minuthing in Imphal East District. On his disclosure, one .38 pistol loaded with eight live rounds, one magazine loaded with seven rounds, four Chinese hand grenades, two 36 HE hand grenades and 10 detonators were recovered from the house of one Kshetrimayum Jugindro of Langthabal Kunja.

February 23

A bomb exploded the residential gate of one Bramacharimayum Biramangol alias BB Sharma at Uripok Yambem Leikai in Imphal West District. However, there is no report of any casualty. According to sources, BB Sharma who is a former Joint Director of AIR Imphal, Regional News Unit was not at home when the bomb suspected to be of medium intensity exploded.

The CorCom said in a statement that the self-styled 'president' of the newly formed MNP B Angousana Sharma is an enemy of Manipuris. A statement of the CorCom signed by its media co-ordinator Ksh Yoiheiba said the people of the land after proper deliberation of Angousana's statement that no power in the world can separate Manipur from India, should decide as to what kind of a person he actually is. It further said that Angousana's statement regarding the recent agitations in several Indian university campuses including the JNU and the Jadavpur University that "University professors should not use Manipur to preach anti-India" has only established that he is someone who has forgotten his roots and someone trying to gain some sympathy from his colonial master and sell his own people.

The Police Department noticed that many technologically/computer savvy individuals or criminals have been - committing several of digital crimes through the internet, mobile phone, e-mail etc, said the PRO, Police in a statement. The modus operandi usually followed by these criminals is by conning innocent public by way of sending e-mail messages, SMS or by making mobile phone calls and persuading them to part with information relating to their bank account details, credit card/ATM details, Insurance policy details, Pan card/Aadhaar card/Voter ID details on the pretext of crediting some prize money into their bank accounts or making investments which will bring 100% or more returns in a very short duration or luring with foreign trips etc, it said.

March 1

A teacher died after allegedly being physically assault by suspected cadres of the NSCN-IM at Aimol Satu Village in Tengnoupal Tehsil in Chandel District. T S Hegin Haokip (48) of Molnam village was taken away by suspected NSCN-IM militants and was severely assaulted, a senior Police officer said. He succumbed to his injuries triggering tension among ethnic Kuki population of the area. While the body of the deceased was taken by a crowd from his village towards the residence of a suspected killer at Aimol Satu village, they were stopped due to random firing by suspected NSCN-IM militants. Later, the crowd regrouped and blocked Imphal-Moreh route and prevented vehicular traffic. It also set ablaze a few shops, he said.

KIM, an apex body of the Kukis and KSO-GHQ give 24 hour ultimatum to the state Government to arrest the culprits in the killing of T S Hegin Haokip before cautioning that if the Government fails to response positively within the stipulated time, the Kuki community could engage in anything that could fetch us justice over the incident.

A loud explosion at the residence of the Kangpokpi ADC DK Thangboi shook the neighbourhood of K Salbung located along the major Tiddim Road in Senapati District. However, there was no human casualty. The KIO/ KIA, a non-SoO signatory, has owned the responsibility for the bomb explosion inside the campus of the officer. The outfit’s ‘secretary’ information and publicity Thomas Anal had informed the press on the phone, claiming that the act was the result or repercussion of the MCS officer’s insulting and defying words against the outfit. He added that in case the MCS officer fails to clarify on the issues before the outfit by March 10, the group will act.

The NSCN-IM denounced the allegation made against it for the death of an assistant teacher in Chandel District on February 29. The caretaker, Khurmi Region of the NSCN-IM in a statement has denounced the allegations made against the outfit and said it is neither involved not have anything to do with the incident. The statement said the caretaker Khurmi region has also advised UKLF not to indulge in tribalism amongst indigenous people in the region. Peace will prevail only when one’s identity is respected, it said. It said the civil organisations should not resort to cheap politics by alleging the outfit as the cause of the death without proper verification. The statement further said it is a baseless allegation with a view to tarnish the image of the outfit.

March 2

The JAC against the murder of Thongkhogin Haokip, a teacher of Molnom Junior High School in Chandel District, has decided to resume the indefinite bandh on Imphal-Moreh section of National Highway 102 from midnight. The committee is compelled to resume the indefinite bandh, according to a press statement issued by JAC Convenor. The decision was taken after the authorities failed to book the culprits involved in the murder, the statement added.

The KSO, in a memorandum urged the UHM to ensure that the killers of the teacher are arrested and brought to justice. It urged both the Central and State Governments “to rein in the NSCN-IM militants holing up in Chandel District and place them in their designated camps. Prior to any final agreement between the government and NSCN-IM, the government must settle the issue of NSCN-IM atrocities against Kukis in which 905 innocent Kukis were murdered; 360 Kuki villages were uprooted and its lands seized,” said the memorandum. “More than 100,000 were rendered homeless and landless. The rights of the Kukis with respect to their land and identity in Manipur cannot be violated by the NSCN-IM peace accord”, it added.

March 3

Some unidentified assailants attacked a temporary designated camp of URF (Soviet) at Napet Mamang Leikai in Imphal East District. Sources said that the miscreants hurled a grenade and fired some rounds at the camp. However, the grenade did not explode and nobody was injured due to the firing as well. Some portions of the wall of the camp were damaged due to the firing. One Chinese hand grenade along with safety pin was recovered from the complex of the camp.

One vehicle was vandalized by bandh supporters along Imphal-Moreh road in Chandel District on the first day of an indefinite bandh called by the JAC against the murder of Ts Thongkhogin Haokip. A large number of bandh supporters including womenfolk blocked the Imphal-Moreh road at H Kotlenphai, Pallel, Senam and Chahmol by burning tyres and piling woods. One white colour Alto car was vandalized on Saivom-Tengnoupal road for defying the bandh called by the JAC. Convenor Mangboi Haokip of the JAC said that the indefinite bandh was imposed as the State Government has failed to arrest and book the culprits involved in the killing of Haokip. He further maintained that the JAC would intensify the agitation including indefinite State wide bandh if the State Government fails to fulfill their demands at the earliest.

Eighteen cadres of three militant groups, NSCN-K, KYKL and KCP who were listed as accused in June 4 ambush in Chandel District, were summoned to appear in the court of special judge, NIA, Manipur on April 4 next. NIA court issued proclamation orders against the accused persons including top leaders of NSCN-K ‘chairman’ SS Khaplang Pangmei alias Khaplang, KYKL ‘chairman’ Namoijam Okendro and KCP ‘president’ Kshetrimayum Noyon alias Hemanta. The proclamation orders, it was stated that the warrant of arrest issued against them were returned as they were not found and the judge was satisfied that they have absconded or concealing themselves to avoid the service of the said warrants. They were asked to appear before the court in Imphal’s Uripok Cheirap Court Complex to answer the charges levelled against them on April 4, 2016.

March 4

AR troops arrested four arms smugglers from Torbung in Churachandpur District. Based on information regarding the movement of four suspected persons from Moirang to Churachandpur with weapons, the AR troops launched an operation on February 28 and arrested four of them along with weapons, said PRO Defence Wing in a release. The troops also seized one 9 mm country made pistol along with magazine, two live rounds of 9 mm, one Honda Activa scooter, and cash of INR 1660.

Following an understanding with the State Government, the indefinite bandh along the Imphal – Moreh Highway imposed by the JAC against the murder of Ts Thongkhogin Haokip, Assistant Hindi Teacher at Molnom Junior High School has been called off with immediate effect. Informing media persons, JAC convenor Mangboi Haokip said that the decision to call off the indefinite bandh was taken in a joint meeting held at H Kotlenphai village community hall between the JAC and representatives of the State Government.

AR troops, based on specific information regarding movement of an underground cadre, launched an operation in T Jangnum village in Chandel District and arrested an active cadre of PREPAK-Pro. The arrested cadre revealed that he had joined the outfit in April 2015 and received military training at PREPAK-Pro camp in Tamu (Myanmar) in April-May 2015. Incriminating articles were recovered from his possession, according to a press release.

March 5

Militants of the MCP in Manipur, claimed responsibility for the Wednesday (March 2) night attack on a “designated camp” of surrendered militants of the URF-Chingkheinganba in Imphal East District. Though the “designated camp” was attacked with automatic rifles, hand grenades and other lethal weapons for over 20 minutes, no inmate was injured. A “designated camp” is a place inhabited by insurgent groups that sign SoO — or ceasefire — with the state and central governments. Under SoO, the government forces and insurgents stop attacking each other and try to create conditions for a peace process and political settlement.

An unidentified assailant exploded a grenade at a private residence at Elangbam Leikai in the Imphal West District. However, no one was injured in the blast. The motive and identity of the attacker are not known.

Police are looking for four labourers reportedly abducted by suspected militants from Zalembung village area under Lungchong Meiphai in Ukhrul District. The four local labourers were being engaged in the construction of Sanakeithel-Leisan road taken up under PMGSY. Cadres from a militant outfit are alleged to have abducted them for ransom. Whereabouts of the four is still unknown since their abduction from the work site. Sources informed that the particular outfit wants a large amount of money from the contractor.

March 8

A powerful hand grenade exploded near a kerosene godown at Toupokpi area in Bishnupur District. The blast took place near the godown of a kerosene dealer after unidentified assailants lobbed the grenade, the Police said. Though there were no casualties, considerable property worth lakhs of rupees have been damaged by the explosion, the Police said.

March 9

Atleast one person was injured when a powerful IED was exploded by suspected militants in front of Punya Hyundai showroom of one Thounaojam Premjit at Thangmeiband road in Imphal West District. The injured has been identified as Thounaojam Ibomcha (42), son of Tomba of Chingmeirong. He received minor cut on his face by the shattered showroom glass.

Two Chinese made hand grenades were reportedly recovered from near the gate of RIMS Library at Lamphelpat in Imphal. A team of Police bomb expert later retrieved the grenade safely.

One cadre of RPF, identified as Thongam Gyanendro Singh (53), was arrested by Manipur Police commandos frisking operations in Khoyathong area in Imphal West District. Singh was involved in extortion activities and allegedly collected a large sum of money from different organisations in Bishnupur District, Police said.

March 10

26 AR arrested four persons for carrying an M-16 rifle during a frisking drive conducted at Behiang check post under Singhat Police Station in Churachandpur District. The arrested persons have been identified as S Khupkhansiam (52) of Pahmul village, Liannou Same (25) of Pahmul village, Suanlianthang (30) of Suangphu village and Kapkhantub (28) of Suangphu village.

The PREPAK-Pro claimed responsibility for bomb blast on March 9, in front of an automobile showroom in Imphal city. In a statement, the outfit said the bomb was exploded as the automobile company "challenged" the outfit. It did not elaborate. "Henceforth, Punya Motors Private Ltd will not be allowed to continue its business in Manipur," the statement said. The outfit also banned business by all the showrooms owned by Punya Motors Private Ltd under the name Punya Hyundai Showroom, Dingku road, Punya Honda, Airport road, Punya Honda Showroom, Khuyathong, M.I. Ford showroom, Airport road, all located in and around Imphal city and all the sub-dealers of Punya Company in Manipur.

Newly floated militant outfit ADF has claimed responsibility for the shooting of a civilian at Pallel market in Chandel District. The ADF statement termed the shooting of the civilian as a "warning" to those who support the steps to convert the ethnic group into Aimol Nagas. The Manipur Police is yet to make any arrests in connection with the shooting.

Formed in 2015, after two factions developed within the small Aimol ethnic group, the new outfit in the press release said it was forced to form the outfit to protect the small Aimol community of less than 10,000 people. The ethnic group had been facing continuous threats and intimidation from suspected NSCN-IM militants, which wanted the tribe to be called Aimol Nagas, the Police said.

March 11

AR troops arrested one arms smuggler from Tuibong Market in Churachandpur District.

March 13

The ZEO office located at Babupara in Jiribam Sub-Division in Imphal East District was set ablaze by unidentified assailants. The arson was reportedly discovered by the office chowkidar L Mohan Singh after which the fire was doused to avert major tragedy. Portions of the office verandah have suffered damages.

The JAC Against 'Anti-Tribal Bills' has called a 15-hour Bandh of Lamka in Churachandpur District and its vicinity on March 18 to mark the 200th day of the relentless struggle for the tribal cause and the continued fight against alleged subjugation, marginalization and exclusion policies of the State Government towards tribals. Gun salute would be paid to 'tribal martyrs' and a mass prayer programme would be held at Lamka Public Ground on the same day, according to a press release issued by the JAC.

March 16

The owner of a restaurant who was allegedly shot by militant outfit KCP-Poirei Lup on February 19, 2016, at Khurai locality in Imphal East District succumbed to her injuries at the RIMS Hospital. Laishram Ongbi Romita (38) was undergoing treatment at the RIMS since, after she was shot for allegedly defying the earlier instruction of the outfit to shut immoral activities in her restaurant.

Protesters trying to impose a strike along the Imphal-Moreh route vandalised a Police vehicle while a 40-year-old woman was injured after being hit by a tear gas shell, at Samaram in Thoubal District. The Police vehicle was vandalised after SF personnel tried to disperse a mob trying to enforce the strike, but was confronted by angry protesters prompting the Police to fire rubber bullets and lob tear gas shells. The strike was being imposed by locals of Samaram area in connection with the death of a woman, whose body was recovered on February 26.

The UNC has announced to go ahead with its proposed 15 hours total bandh in all Naga tribal Districts from midnight of March 17. The UNC said that the bandh will be relaxed for officials and students appearing the Class X exam students and officials on duty. The UNC is calling the bandh in support of the JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills' which called for a total shutdown as a mark of 200th day of sorrow and unrelenting struggle' for justice and tribute to the 9 'tribal martyrs'.

A team of District Police commando conducted frisking and checking near Yurembam Kabui Khul gate in Imphal West District and arrested one cadre of ZUF. PRO Police department RK Tutusana said that the arrestee was identified as one Benjamin Kamei alias Benny (40), of Noney Part-IV but presently stayed at Yurembam Kabui Khul, Imphal West. Investigation revealed that he had extorted money from the general public, contractors and transporters in Imphal, Noney and Bishnupur areas. Further he had transported arms, ammunitions and explosives in different parts of Tamenglong, Bishnupur and Imphal areas.

A woman activist belonging to PREPAK, identified as Meisnam Manileima (31), daughter of M Pakchao of Heingang Marjing in Imphal West, was arrested by a team from Imphal West Police commandos during operation at Langol Ningthou Leikai in Imphal West. Meisnam was staying at the residence of one Oinam Mangi when the arrest took place, reports said.

A Police commando team also arrested a cadre belonging to NRFM identified as Laishram Deven (40), hailing from Chalou bazar under Lamlai in Imphal East.

March 18

A bomb exploded in front of the Moreh LIC office at ward No-3 under Moreh Police Station in Chandel District. However, no one was injured in the explosion. A Police team has inspected the explosion site.

An archaic bomb was recovered during digging work at the residential compound of Oinam Manglemba Singh of Oinam Bazar in Bishnupur District. The bomb was retrieved by a bomb expert team of the Police around 5 pm.

The UNC 15-hour total bandh in 'Naga tribal districts' affected normal life in Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul Districts of Manipur. The bandh was called in support of Churachandpur-based JAC against 'Anti-Tribal Bills' which called for a total shutdown in Churachandpur District headquarters from March 17 midnight as a mark of 200th day of 'sorrow and unrelenting struggle' for justice and tribute to the nine 'tribal martyrs'. The bandh hit vehicular movement on the three National Highways in Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul Districts, sources said. The JAC also released 200 lanterns as a mark of tribute to the nine persons who lost their lives last year. The total shutdown in Churachandpur town called by the JAC also severely paralysed the hill town, reports said.

A team of District Police commando conducted cordon and search operation in some suspected houses, during the operation in Imphal West District, one active cadre of KCP-Mangal identified as one Konjengbam Ongbi Nirmala Devi (49), wife of Konjengbam Bhumeshwor Meitei of Kodompokpi Mamang Leikia was arrested. Investigation revealed that she had served demand letters to government office and PHSC in Nambol area and collected a huge amount of money from various shops and private hospitals in the name of organisation. Incriminating articles were seized from her possession.

March 19

Two unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade inside the M/S Canchi Indane Service at Kwakeithel Tiddim Ground in the Imphal West District. The grenade exploded in front of the gas agency's booking counter injuring the chowkidar, identified as Thokchom Ranjit Singh (57) of Kwakeithel Heinou Khongnembi Thokchom Leikai. Thokchom was hit by shrapnel on his legs and left stomach.

A powerful IED was found planted near the sentry post of Moreh Police Station in Chandel District. According to reports, the IED was found around 7am from a drain at the foot of the brick wall of the sentry post. A bomb expert team of the Police retrieved the explosive and disposed it off.

AR troops recovered a powerful IED near Leingangching on National Highway 102 in Manipur's Ukhrul District. The foot patrol party of 17 AR while sanitizing the road found a suspicious looking plastic bag with wires lying by the road near Leingangching, the AR said in a press release. A Bomb Disposal Team neutralised the IED. It was found that the IED was Claymore RCIED weighing about two kilograms, with a battery operated mechanism.

A combined team of District Police commando and 6th Assam Rifles conducted search operation at Khumbi Terakhong near Primary Health Centre area in Bishnupur District and arrested one member of UNLF. The arrestee has been identified as "Lance Corporal" Khangembam Binodkumar Singh aka Bungo aka Biramani aka Tompok aka Chingsinba (35) of Kumbi Bazar Khaidem Lekai.

March 20

AR troops along with Police launched an operation in Sikibung Tangkhul area in Ukhrul District and arrested a cadre of the armed group MNRF. The militant was identified as VS Yaruingam revealed that he had masterminded the IED blast at Ukhrul on February 14 this year along with another cadre of MNRF.

A team of District Police commando including women Police conducted frisking and checking at Moirang Patlou area in Bishnupur District and arrested one lady member of KNRF outfit, travelling in a passenger diesel auto. The arrestee has been identified as Athokpam (n) Thokchom (o) Thaibema Devi alias Premi (34), wife of (L) Th Naobi Singh of Ningthoukhong Awang Khunou, presently of Ithai Khunou. Three demand letters of the group, KNRF and other incriminating articles were seized from her possession.

March 21

An active cadre of UNLF was arrested by AR troops from Kakmayi in Thoubal District.

March 23

The JAC constituted against the alleged torture meted out to Nongsum villagers and announced an 11-hour bandh on different roads with effect from 6 am in the morning. Speaking to reporters at Manipur Press Club, JAC convenor Konjengbam Ibungobi said the bandh would be effective from 6 am to 5 pm on Imphal to Sagolmang, Imphal to Wakhong, Imphal to Khamenlok, Imphal to Khongban and Imphal to Chanung roads. Villagers are still reeling under fear and dissatisfaction after the KLF/ KNA action of March 19, he said. He also urged the Government to bring a solution to the issue at the earliest.

A vehicle loaded with betel leaf was set ablaze by suspected militants of an underground outfit along the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 in Manipur's Tamenglong District. The Imphal-bound loaded vehicle was set afire by the suspects at Milestone 151, nine kilometres from Shanti Khunou village under Nungba Police Station. Before setting on fire the vehicle, the suspects damaged the betel leaf, while the driver and his helper, managed to escape and took refuge at a camp of the G/87 COB located nine kilometres from the spot.

An IED was found planted at the gate of one special contractor Thokchom Gojendro (40) located at Kiyamgei Maning Leikai under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District. The IED bomb was retrieved by the State bomb expert team and defused at a nearby paddy field.

March 24

Unidentified assailants suspected to be militants hurled a hand grenade at the residential compound of special contractor Th Munindro (55) s/o Th Nabakishore of Khongman Zone IV under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District. Sources said that no one was injured in the blast but some portions of the wall were damaged.

AR troops along with Police launched operations in Kharashom and Khurai areas of Imphal East District in Manipur and arrested two active cadres of the PLA.

March 25

AR troops arrested a drug peddler and seized 810 numbers of WY tablets worth over INR 400,000 at Khudengthabi check post in Chandel District. The tablets were concealed inside a cigarette packet. The drug peddler identified as Sori Devi was travelling in a Maruti Van.

March 26

Troops of 7 AR under the aegis of Red Shield Division arrested one arms smuggler from District Hospital in Churachandpur District. Based on a specific input regarding the presence of a suspected person, the troops immediately launched an operation and arrested one arms smuggler, identified as Nanglopau (43) of Singgial village near Mata in Thangnuam sub-division in the District, along with two M-4 5.56 mm carbine (USA made) with magazine.

March 27

Suspected militants triggered a powerful blast suspected to be an IED at the residential gate of Chief Engineer of IFCD Gurumayum Robindro Sharma located at Uripok Bachaspati Leikai under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. The blast occurred inside a drain located on the northern side of Robindro's residential gate where the security personnel deployed at his residence.

March 28

Unidentified assailants set ablaze a Tata Magic passenger van at Yairipok Tulihal Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District. The Tulihal Educated Association in a press note condemned in the strongest terms and said the vehicle which belongs to one Mohammad Anwar was completely destroyed in the arson. It claimed that the arson also inflicted damage to his garage and parts of the residence.

March 29

Two IEDs exploded within a span of half an hour at Moreh in Chandel District. No one was injured. Police said one bomb exploded near an IRB post and the other near the integrated check post.

March 30

A driver and a handyman of a truck were abducted by suspected militants at Koubru Leikai under Sapermeina Police Station in Senapati District. The highway abduction took place when the driver and the handyman were heading towards Dimapur with the empty truck to transport goods. Police with the help of AR troops searched Koubru Leikai area following the incident and recovered the Ashok Leyland truck but the duo were found missing from the spot.

March 31

Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade inside the house of one Hemam Momocha at Khumujamba Meitei Leikai in Churachandpur District. Nobody was injured in the incident. An unexploded grenade was also recovered from the house.

Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade which exploded in front of the office of USDA located at Utlou Mayai Leikai under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District. However, there was no casualty reported.

PREPAK claimed responsibility for an attack at an AR post near the Manipur capital, Imphal on March 30. A press release issued by 'Captain' Achouba, leader of the outfit, said they attacked the post of the AR 40 Battalion located at Lilong in Thoubal District about 15 kilometres away from the state capital, Imphal. AR sources said there was no casualty in the bomb blast at 8.40 p.m. on March 30. Though the SF personnel fired at the militants, they managed to escape. Achouba said a "special force unit of the Red Army", the military wing of PREPAK, had carried out the attack as part of the ongoing "war" to reclaim "independence". Such attacks will continue, he said.

A woman cadre of KCP-Mangal, Yumnam Ibeyaima (40), was arrested from Kodompokpi area in Imphal West District. She was arrested by a team of Bihar Regiment and Manipur Police. Based on her disclosure, another woman activist of the same group, identified as Laishram Manileima (45), was also arrested by the Police from the outskirts of the State capital.

April 1

Some unidentified assailants attacked RIMS Medical Superintendent Professor Dr Meisnam Amuba by hurling a hand grenade at his quarters located within RIMS campus, Lamphelpat under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. The grenade exploded at a garage beside the entrance gate leading to Prof Amuba's quarters at around 7.15 pm. However, there is no report of any casualty. The blast damaged bumper of a car (Maruti SX 4) apart from puncturing front and rear wheels of the left side. One Honda Activa scooter and the GI sheet roof of the garage were also damaged. It is suspected that the bomb attack was carried out in connection with monetary demand.

A woman cadre of the KYKL, identified as Mayanglangbam Victoria Devi, was arrested by a combined team of SFs and Manipur Police at Nambol Thongkha in Bishnupur District. One Chinese-made hand grenade concealed in a mobile hand set cover box, two mobile handsets and four SIM cards were recovered from her possession.

April 2

The armed MCP-M owned up to the bomb attack at the official quarter of Medical Superintendent of RIMS on April 1. The outfit in a statement signed by its Secretary Publicity and Propaganda Comrade Nonglen Meitei hailed its militias who carried out the daring bomb attack at the MS's official quarter for their involvement in corruption.

Based on a reliable information about the movement of valley based underground elements in the general areas of Heirok Champrathong, a team of Thoubal District Police commando conducted frisking and checking and arrested one Self-Styled ‘Sergeant Major’ of the PLA, identified as Ningthoujam Ranjit Meitei alias Lemba (40) of Heirok Part- III Ngarouthel Khuman of Manipur.

Nongdrenkhomba, a top KCP militant leader was arrested by Manipur Police from the entry gate of Imphal Tulihal airport in Imphal. Nongdrenkhomba is also the Chairman of Politburo Standing Committee of the KCP. He was earlier arrested in Delhi, way back in November 2012. One 9 mm pistol, 10 mobile handsets, 10 letterheads, foreign currencies, a PAN card, stamp seal of his outfit and other articles were seized from his possession.

Two villagers of Chassad and Aishi village were allegedly abducted, by unidentified assailants near Chatric Khunou village under Chassad Police Station in Kamjong Sub Division in Ukhrul District. The victims were identified as Jamthang Haokip (52) of Chassad village and Hemjangam Haokip (53) of Aishi village in Ukhrul District. Eastern Kuki Chiefs’ Association, Ukhrul and victim’s families have jointly expressed their discontentment over the incident and filed and FIR in the concerned Police Station.

April 3

A Chinese made hand grenade was found planted at the campus of M/S Sorojini Oil Filling Station of Thouchom Jadumani, Khangabok under Thoubal Police Station in Thoubal District. Thoubal Police led by OIC T. Inaobi later retrieved the grenade safely.

One grenade was recovered at the Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai residence of Loitongbam Kesho Singh, under Singjamei Police Station in Imphal East District. Sources said that the grenade was recovered within the residential premises of Kesho Singh, an executive engineer of the PDA. The bomb was later retrieved by a team of Police bomb expert and detonated at a safe place.

A team of Imphal East District Police commando conducted search operation, based on reliable information in and around Pungdongbam area and arrested two woman cadres of KCP-N, identified as Phijam Wangkheirakpam (O) Ebemcha Devi (33) and Sagolsem (O) Ichan Tonanbam (30). Investigation revealed that, they had recruited minor girls to the organisation and extorted huge amount of money from the general public for raising party fund.

April 4

Unidentified assailants allegedly lobbed a grenade at the Bhramapur Aribam Leikai residence of IMC chairperson Aribam Nimai Sharma in Imphal. Locals rounded up two persons suspected to be involved in the attack and badly thrashed them. The two are identified as RK Napoleon (36), of Sagolband Tera Amudon Akham Leikai and Angom Punil Kumar (39), of Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai. Another women accomplice managed to flee from the scene. The locals also recovered a gun licence and an ID card from one of the two. One Mahindra Bolero jeep reportedly driven by the duo was also vandalised by the mob. Porompat Police team took the two away along with the vehicle. In the meanwhile, the RRM while admitting that RK Napoleon is a member of the group informed that he has been expelled from the group for his alleged anti-social activity.

The UPPK, a signatory of the MoU with the GoI and Manipur since 2013, has been dissolved, a press release of the outfit said. The statement signed by its chairman A Bonbihari alias Laanngamba Luwang, ‘general secretary’ N Shanti Meitei alias Chinglemba Mangang among other leaders of the outfit said the central committee of the outfit convened a meeting and decided to dissolve the outfit. It said both the UPPK and its armed wing KPA have been dissolved from April 4, 2016.

The JAC against the killing of Pampha Rai (Churachandpur District on April 2) has imposed a 24 hours bandh along National Highway-39 with effect from 6 pm of April 5 to demand stringent punishment against the culprit who allegedly raped and murdered the woman. The JAC in a press statement, urged the government to assure that judgment on the incident be given at the earliest. It also demanded the government to take up action against the culprit’s parents for misleading the victim’s family.

April 5

Troops of the 2 AR of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Thoubal Police Commandos launched operation in general area of Khongjom in Thoubal District and arrested an over ground worker of PREPAK. The arrestee identified as Nepram Bigyamani alias Bigya Singh (45) of Langathel Maning Leikai has been handed over to the Thoubal Police Station. Nepram revealed that he carried out extortion from shopkeepers and businessmen in the general area of Khongjom and further stated that he has recruited one youth namely Puyam Bamboo (27) son of P Radheshyam of Langathel Maning Leikai.

April 6

Based on specific intelligence regarding movement of an underground cadre, troops of the 45 AR of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Police representatives from Heingang Police Station established a vehicle check post in general area of Khabeisoi in Imphal East District and arrested an active cadre of KCP-Nandu. The arrestee identified as No. 3517, self styled ‘major’ Boi Singh alias Bicky has been handed over to the Heingang Police Station.

The PREPAK has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack at the garage of Thounaojam Bishambor Singh (60) at Lamphel Sanakeithel Pukhri Achouba Mapal, Imphal West on April 4. According to a statement signed by ‘Captain’ Achouba, ‘Publicity Officer’, Department of Publicity & Propaganda of PREPAK, the attack was executed by a Mobile Team of the outfit to serve a warning to Bishambor for his involvement in fund embezzlement while he was working as a Drill Operator, Geology of Mining of Industry Department. The outfit alleged that Bishambor was involved in collection of huge amount of money from the people in the name of providing jobs in the department.

April 7

The KNF-N warned to take action against PMGSY, contractors who violate norms by tendering their bidding lower than the actual tender price for PMGSY Phase-X under government of India for Manipur. Speaking to a media team at their general headquarter Daitwi camp, Sadar Hills in Senapati District, ‘captain’ Arun Kuki, CO of the general headquarter stated that in the operational area of the organisation any group or individual is not allow to collect or make any monetary demands and other underground groups should not interfere on the developmental works in the area.

Two PREPAK cadres were arrested from Lamphel Sanakeithel in Imphal West District, in connection with the hand grenade attack on the residence of a retired government officer on April 4. Irom Boy Singh (43), was arrested from his residence and based on the disclosure he made, L. Somokanta Singh was also arrested. 

April 10

A bomb was exploded by unidentified assailants at the residence of Dr Amuba Singh, Medical Superintendent, RIMS at Thangmeiband Lairen Hanjaba Leikai under Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District. No one suffered injuries in the bomb attack. In the meanwhile, one person identified as Yengkhom Anandajit Singh (35) of Pallel Wangmataba, who was allegedly involved in the attack was thrashed by locals. It is reported that Police admitted the injured man to RIMS Hospital for treatment.

April 11

A NNC cadre, identified Dinesh Gonmei (28), was arrested by a combined team of District Police Commando and Gorkha Rifles in Bishnupur District. Two 9 mm pistols, one magazine loaded with three rounds and a receipt book of the outfit were seized from the arrested cadre.

A JAC formed soon after unidentified assailants fired from a double barrel shot-gun at a ira Paibi shang at Nungei Village under Lilong Police in Thoubal District, injuring at least 14 persons has demanded the authorities concerned to arrest the culprits within five-days. Speaking at a press conference at the Manipur Press Club, JAC convenor Sanjoy said failure on the part of the government to punish the culprits within the set deadline would cause the people of Nungei to launch severe forms of agitations which could only aggravate the present tension. Sanjoy said three miscreants believed to be from a particular community came on a motorcycle and fired two rounds from a local made shot gun at the local Meira shang around 8pm of April 11. Altogether 14 persons were hit by pellets out of which nine are critically injured, he said.

The CorCom has denounced the conflagration that broke out at Mayang Imphal Konchak Makha Leikai in Imphal West District between two communities. The death of two youngsters after they were thrashed by a mob at Mayang Imphal Kokchak on the charge of attempting to lift a vehicle deeply anguished a particular community which ultimately led to violent confrontation between two communities, the CorCom remarked in a press release issued by its media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba. CorCom opposes any form of communalism and mob justice. It appealed to leaders of different communities to take pro-active roles so as to avert all forms of communal conflicts.

KSO Tuilang block, Tamenglong ‘district general secretary’ Lalchoilou Neihsiel goes missing after a gunfight between ZUF militants and SF in Lenglong village under Nungba sub-division of Tamenglong District. No casualty was reported in the encounter. However, KSO ‘general secretary’ who was taken along with one of his aides by ZUF cadres went missing after the gunfight even though his aid backed to his village on the next day. KSO general headquarters expressed serious concern over the gunfight that took place Lenglong village while expressing fearing that the ‘general secretary’ be a victim of the encounter. The KSO appealed to the armed groups involved in the gunfight to hand over the civilian without any harm. At the same time, the KSO strongly disapproved the action of the ZUF cadres who had forcibly taken the two villagers to accompany them.

April 12

Activists and volunteers of AIM rescued three individuals along with their hijacked vehicle and arrested two of their hijackers at Lilong under Thoubal District. According to the AIM chief coordinator Haji Maulana Muheiyuddin, a jeep carrying 13 bags of rice (50 kg each) with three occupants moving along NH-2 was waylaid at Lilong Lamkhai and whisked away from there. On receiving information about the incident, AIM activists swung into action and carried out a massive manhunt through their sources and finally intercepted the hijacked vehicle around 6.30 am at Lilong Ngangou Loukon, said the coordinator. He said AIM not only managed to rescue the occupants of the vehicles, but also arrested two abductors although the third one managed to escape. The rescued individuals have been identified as Maibam Nadadip (55), his wife Thaba, and Tondonbi (52) wife of Rajen of Ukhongsang Mayai Leikai.

April 13

Three persons, including a civilian, an army officer and a suspected militant were killed in an encounter with ZUF militants in Tamenglong District. The slain officer has been identified as Major Amit Deswal of 21 Para Special Forces. Army officials said one militant was also killed in the encounter which occurred during a combing operation. According to reports, a civilian, identified as one Lalchuailo Neishial (24), son of the chief of Lenglual village, was reportedly killed in cross firing between the SFs and ZUF militants. It is learnt that on the fateful day armed cadres of ZUF numbering around six entered the village and forcefully took away the victim along with another villagers (boy) Soithangzo Gangte (17) as a guide. The team (ZUF and civilians) was then reportedly waylaid by SFs and an encounter ensured leaving Lalchuailo death while Soithangzo made a lucky escape, said the reports. The body of Lalchuailo was also retrieved by a team of Nungba Police. According to an official from the Army Defence Wing, the individual killed in the encounter was a suspect of ZUF. He further said that an AK rifle along with a magazine was recovered from the deceased.

April 14

One trooper of the 25th AR was killed and three other personnel sustained injury in an IED explosion triggered by suspected militants near the AR transit camp Minuthong in Imphal West District. The deceased AR personnel have been identified as Gukulchand Yadap (32), of Rajasthan. The injured personnel have been identified as Hemansu Devnath (31), of West Bengal (injured on right arm), Manikumar (28), of Bihar (injured at right arm) and K Rameswhar (32), of Ingourok near Nongpok Sekmai. Denouncing the bomb blast, residents staged a sit-in-protest demonstration nearby the blast site. The protest demonstration was participated by Ragailong Pei, Youth Club, Women’s Society. Placards and banners which said, “Ragailong is not a battle field”, “We condemn the blast at public place”, “Enough is Enough” etc were displayed during the protest.

According to a report by The Sangai Express, at least three persons including Amit Deswal died in an encounter between suspected cadres of ZUF and a combined team of Indian Army at a place located between Longlen and Longpi villages under Nungba police station in Tamenglong District on April 13. A team of Indian Army along with 21 Para Commandos launched a search operation at Nungba and surrounding areas from April 12. When the Indian Army was continuing the operation, they came under heavy attack from suspected ZUF cadres between Longlen and Longpi villages, the troops retaliated, an encounter ensued between the two sides for around 30 minutes. Major Amit Deswal died at the spot, while, two more persons died in the encounter; the source said and added that one of the deceased is suspected to be a civilian while the other is a ZUF cadre.

Manipur-based insurgent outfit UNLF claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on AR jawans in Minuthong in Imphal West District in which at least one personnel of 25 AR was killed. UNLF ‘director’ of publicity M Sak-hen in a press release in Imphal said that the bomb attack on the AR party was carried out by a special team of the outfit as part of its ongoing struggle for independence.

April 15

Coming out with its side of the story on the incident near Lenglong Kuki village in Tamenglong District on April 11, the ZUF said that the army personnel might have been killed by their own bullets as its cadres had not fired a single bullet at the SFs on the day.  ZUF also alleged that the civilian was killed by the SFs after capturing him. In a statement, information and publicity secretary of ZUF, A Longmei said that on April 11, the RR and Special Force led by Major Amit Deswal waylaid and ambushed cadres of ZTF. The SF personnel fired indiscriminately towards the ZTF cadres in which one civilian namely, Lalchuailo Neihsial, of Lenglong village was killed on the spot. Two civilians were requested by the ZTF cadres just to lead the way to their destination/camp after returning from normal duty and the two as local people had shown their respect and cooperation and happily agreed and led the way, it said. The ZUF also denied the allegations levelled by the KSO that the ZUF cadres picked up the two civilians forcibly. At the same time, the outfit condoled the demise of Lalchuailo Neihsial. When the SFs started firing at the ZTF cadres from unknown directions, the ZTF cadres along with the two civilians tried to withdraw from the spot unconditionally without any reiteration. But the Indian Army captured one civilian and killed him later, it said. The ZTF cadres did not shoot back even a single bullet as they didn’t know from where and in which direction and from which party the attack came from. All the cadres of ZTF reached their designated camp safe and sound. There is no casualty on the side of the ZTF. It is certain that Major Amit Deswal and other personnel might have been killed by the bullet of the security personnel itself as there was no retaliation from the side of the ZTF, it said. The Indian Army blatantly blamed the ZUF to save the image of the Indian Army from the mistake committed by them. Also the Indian Army has termed the ZUF as a terrorist group/organization through a national TV channel on April 14 which is inappropriate, it said.

April 17

Unidentified assailants placed a hand grenade at the residential compound of Hanjabam Kalachand (57) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak in Imphal East District. Manipur Police bomb disposal squad retrieved the bomb and exploded it at Nongmaiching Hill safely.

April 16-17 Based on specific intelligence regarding movement of the UG cadres, troops of the 29 AR of 28 Sector AR launched an operation in general area of Aibol Joupi village in Chandel District and arrested three MNRF cadres along with warlike stores. The cadres were identified as 'self-styled sergeant major' Athoi alias Wangshumi (26), resident of Leihaoram in Ukhrul; 'self-styled sergeant' Wasingam (30), resident of Chakhama in Ukhrul and 'self-styled sergeant' Reinsing (20), resident of Kalhang in Ukhrul. A civil guide for UG cadres identified as Tongjathang (30), resident of Thingphil in Myanmar was also arrested by the troops. He was guiding the UG cadres to reach their destination. One AK 56 series Assault Rifle along with two magazines, one AK 81 (5.56 mm) along with two magazines, one HK 33 Assault Rifle (5.56 mm) along with two magazines, one hundred twenty numbers of 5.56mm ammunition, sixty numbers of 7.62mm ammunition, one Chinese hand grenade and another incriminating articles were recovered from their possession.
April 18

The JCB driver abducted by unidentified assailants was found dead near Lhangnom village under Saikul Police Station in Senapati District. The body of PA Chinaoshang alias Ashang, of Pharung Village in Ukhrul District engaged in Sanakeithel-Leisan PMGSY road construction work was abducted from Songphel Quarry in Ukhrul District on March 3. UKLF-MC claimed responsible in the abduction of the driver, but many Kuki organisations including UKLF and KRA reportedly expressed their unawareness of the existence of UKLF-MC.

Appealing once again to all the insurgents in the State for talks, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said that if there is a problem, then there must be definitely a solution for the problem and this is what he believes. The CM was speaking at BOAT, as the chief guest at the programme "An Evening of Music and Meditation for Peace with Sri Ravi Shankar". Sri Ravi Shankar also while addressing the gathering said he would welcome all the insurgent groups of Manipur to come for a dialogue. Running away in the forest will not solve the problem so let us sit together, he said, adding that happiness and prosperity would not come by violence.

The hills and the valley together form Manipur, people of both the hills and the valley are children of one mother, said Mohammad Sayeed Ahamad Sheikh, the spokesperson of AMMDC in a press release. Stating that all communities have been sharing the pains and the joys of one another, the statement said that in recent times the State has witnessed some unwanted incidents between the Meiteis and the Meitei Pangals at Lilong and Mayang Imphal due to some carelessness. It has appealed to all communities of the State to let these unfortunate incidents be the last of such tensions and show the world there is no communal tension in Manipur. It also said that the committee condemns all individuals and groups who are trying to create a rift among the communities of the State.

Two militants of the NRFM were also arrested by a team of State Police commandos during a search operation at Tera Sadokpam Leikai in Imphal West District. Nongthonbam Lakhen Singh (45) of Ghari Makha Leikai and Nongmeikapam Sanjoy Singh alias Amuba (47) of Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai were intercepted by the Police commandos in the area based on reliable information. The militant group was involved in serving demand letters to the government offices and NGOs in Imphal West District. Some incriminating documents of the NRFM and a motorcycle were recovered from the arrested militants.

April 19

One person was assaulted and abandoned dead at Waikhong Uyung Khunou under Waikhong Police Station in Thoubal District. The deceased bore several bruise marks all over his body and later was identified as Chirom Amuba alias Blackcat alias Ibohal Singh (40) of Waikhong Ningthoumanai in Mamang Leikai. He is said to be a former member of an UG outfit.

A family has claimed that their under-aged daughter was abducted from Mayang Imphal Thongkhong in Imphal District on March 8. Speaking to media persons at the Manipur Press Club, the mother said although the family has identified the name of the abductor, the concerned authorities have failed to take any action till date. She appealed to the concerned authorities to trace out her daughter.

Suspected armed Kuki militant hijacked a bolero pick-up before assaulting those women who were flower sellers and transporting flowers to Imphal at Keithelmanbi under Kangpokpi Police Station in Sadar Hills District. The victims were identified as Dikho Lophro and Sani Kaisa of Kaibi Village and Besii Chofoza of Shajouba village while the driver has been identified as Hepunii of Kaibi Village. Police later recovered the hijacked vehicle.

A self-style 'corporal' of UNLF militant identified as Ningthoujam Priyananda alias Amutombi alias Laidaba (30) of Kongba in Imphal, involved in attacks on SFs at various places, was arrested by a joint force of State Police commandos and AR personnel from Wangoo parking in Chandel District. One .32 pistol along with magazine loaded with two live rounds and one Chinese hand grenade were also recovered from his possession.

April 20

Three troopers of the 11th Battalion of AR were injured when a powerful bomb believed to be an IED exploded Moreh in Chandel District. The explosion took place close to the Indo-Myanmar gate number 1 located near T Minou village under Moreh Police Station. The injured AR troopers have been identified as Naik Subedar Puskar Singh Rawat, Havildar S Kajor and rifleman Bipul Biswas. AR sources suspect hands of some underground outfit behind the explosion. However, no armed group operating in the State has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The CorCom has boycotted President of India Pranab Mukherjee's scheduled visit to Manipur (Kangleipak) on April 23 (Khongjom Day). Pointing out that Manipuri soldiers fought the Battle of Khongjom fully knowing that they had no chance of winning against the much superior British Army, the CorCom has called upon the people of Manipur to ponder on the messages inherent in the historic battle.

April 21

The legalised border trade between Manipur and Myanmar was brought to a standstill; due to the 12-hour bandh called by several voluntary organisations in the northeastern state. The shutdown was called to protest five bomb blasts triggered near Hollenphai village in Manipur on April 20 that injured three troopers of Assam Rifles. All private and commercial vehicles along the trans-Asian highway from Imphal capital city to border town of Moreh were off the road. While hundreds of tourists and traders could not leave Imphal, many others, who were to return to the state capital, were stranded at Moreh.

April 22

Salesman of a hard-ware store of Kanglatongbi, Shantipur in Imphal West District was shot at by some unidentified assailants. Five persons who came in a car entered into the hardware store and tried to abduct salesman Rakesh Shah (17) at gun point. As Rakesh resisted the unidentified assailants, a tussle ensued and one of the assailants drew out a gun and fired at Rakesh. Rakesh was hit by a bullet on the thigh and he was taken to Raj Medicity. It is suspected that the salesman was shot in connection with a monetary demand.

April 23

The boycott call of the President's Khongjom Day visit to the State by CorCom affected normal life in the State. Passenger services including both the Inter-State and Inter-district vehicles and auto-rickshaws stayed off the roads, except for a few personal vehicles and passenger auto-rickshaws. Business establishments and the Bazar areas also remained closed for the day. However, no untoward incident has been reported during the boycott.

April 24

The NSCN-K, Shepoumaramth Region has asked general public, government departments, employees, contractors, suppliers, business establishments and NGOs which fall under the jurisdiction of the region to pay taxes to the Regional Government without fail so that the cause of Naga sovereignty can progress further. According to a statement issued by the outfit to the press, every collection of taxes will be done only through the knowledge of the Regional Head/Chairman of the GPRN/NSCN, Shepoumaramth Region. The Shepoumaramth Region, NSCN-K would stand firmly and gives steadfast support for the cause of Naga National Sovereignty under the unwavering leadership of SS Khaplang, it said. Anybody who is found wanting to this national duty is liable to be penalized and dealt accordingly as per the Government Azha, the statement said. The outfit also extended best wishes and support to all the fraternal revolutionary organizations of the region which are fighting together for the liberation of the oppressed people of the region.

April 26

A powerful hand grenade was hurled at the outpatient department at the RIMS in Imphal, but no one was injured in the attack. Unidentified assailants hurled the grenade. Sources said bombs have been regularly hurled at this medical college under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as insurgent groups accuse hospital officials of indulging in corruption and malpractice.

April 27

Army personnel busted an improvised weapon making factory and recovered war-like stores in a major operation at Phaijang village in Senapati District. The recovery included of two 9mm pistols, two partially complete pistols, one drill machine, one vice (furnace marking machine) and two magazine frames. Three files, two Hacksaw blades, 23 alphabet punching tools, two weapon bodies, two barrels, three recoil spring, one weapon alignment machine, two 9mm magazine and miscellaneous tools used for making such improvised weapons were also seized during the raid. The factory was used solely for forging weapons for supply to militant outfits operating in Sadar Hills, an official release said.

An active cadre of KNF-P was arrested by another team of the Army. The militant, identified as Paominthang Singson (35) of Keithelmanbi of the same District, was responsible for firing related injury to a person that occurred at Shantipur in Imphal West district on April 22 last month. One 9mm pistol and three live rounds were recovered from the cadre who has been handed over to Imphal Police Station.

A team of Manipur Police commandos arrested one Mohammad Ithem Khan (28) from Sangakpham Bazaar in Imphal East District. Based on the disclosure of the arrested man, one .32 pistol was recovered from the foothills of Heingang foothills in the District. Investigations also revealed that the man was involved in extortion activities.

The JAC formed in connection with the alleged killing of B Pittaranjan alias Korabin whose body was recovered in a partially decomposed manner has called a 36 hour State-wide bandh starting 6am of April 28. In the meanwhile, the JAC also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

April 28

One bomb exploded near the Assam Rifles transit camp of Minuthong under Imphal Police Station in Imphal East District. According to Police, the bomb exploded just outside the brick wall of the transit camp at the foot of a tree. However, there is no report of any casualty. It is suspected that bomb was a low intensity IED or a hand grenade.

An activist of the newly floated TPLA was arrested. He was identified as Chungminlun Khongsai (44), who has already confessed to being a member of the outfit and involved in extortion at Kangpokpi, Motbung and Saparmeina areas of Senapati District. The militant was handed over to Imphal Police Station for further investigations.

The Shepoumaramth region of the NSCN-K has cautioned the CEO of Senapati District and his staff at the district council, Senapati against corruption. In a statement, the outfit said that the officer and his staff have deducted a huge amount of money from the salaries of the teachers and set May 10 as the deadline to give a clarification. The outfit also questioned the public leaders and other frontal organisations why they did not raise their voice against the rampant corruption.

April 29

DGAR, Lieutenant General Harminderjit Singh Sachdev said that India and Myanmar have started joint border patrolling in some stretches of the “unfenced border” between both the countries. “In some places (joint border patrolling) it has started but not fully. The patrolling has not started all over, but in some specific areas. They (Myanmarese Army) also come and we also go there (Myanmar),” Sachdev said on the sidelines of investiture ceremony of the Assam Rifles. India has been urging Myanmar to take action against the rebels which include Manipur-based UNLF, PLA, KYKL, PREPAK; Assam-based ULFA and the NSCN-K operating from Sagaing division and the Chin State of Myanmar.

Red Shield Division arrested one active cadre of TPLA, identified as Helam Khongsai (36) of Kangpokpi during an operation carried out in Sadar Hills in Senapati District. Based on specific inputs regarding presence of a suspected cadre of TPLA at Kalapahar market in the District, the SFs arrested the cadre while he tried to run away from the location, said a statement issued by the PIB-DW. One point 22 mm rifle, one magazine and four live rounds were recovered from the cadre.  

April 30

The KNLF issued a rejoinder to the reported press statement issued by UKLF on April 25 and claimed that the KNLF/KNO accepted that the Kukis are one of the group of the recognised tribal in India and believed in the Kuki movement for political goal; understand and respect all other fellow tribal communities unlike the UKLF who was trust by none due to its past deeds and are not in the good book of the Kukis. It claimed that in regards to the formation of ADC in respect to Chandel District, the KNLF knew that the majority member INC has formed its Government and is expected to work for the people irrespective of caste and creed.

May 1

A hand grenade was discovered by a farmer at Thamnapokpi Mayai Leikai in Bishnupur District. Police said the farmer was ploughing his land with a spade when he accidentally hit the grenade which was buried in the ground. Bomb squad personnel of Manipur Police later retrieved the grenade and safely detonated it after taking it to an isolated place.

On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day (May Day), the CorCom called upon all the workers and peasants of Manipur to unite together for the sake of future generations. A statement issued by CorCom media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba conveyed warm greetings to all workers and peasants of the world. Peasants and workers should be allowed to take central positions in the process of economic development of any country. There may not be a single wealthy man in a country, but the working class people are indispensable for the survival of any country. The CorCom highlighted the growing need to groom a vibrant work culture and replace all migrant workers engaged in both public sectors and private sectors by the people of the land. This would certainly help in ameliorating the economic condition of the State. “Otherwise our people would continue to lead a wretched life of slavery”, CorCom asserted.

Red Shield Division arrested two active cadres of KUFO, a non SoO group, in an operation carried out in Sadar Hills from Daili village of Senapati District. The PIB-DW release said that the Jwalamukhi Battalion launched an operation and successfully arrested the two active cadres identified as Lamkhokai Sithlou (19) of Kangpokpi and Satkholen Lhouvum (32) of Lasan village under Tamei Police Station in Tamenglong District. They were arrested along with one AK-47, one magazine of AK-47, one 9 mm SMC, one magazine of SMC, one 9 mm pistol, one magazine of 9 mm pistol, fifteen live rounds of AK-47, five live rounds of SMC and three live rounds of 9 mm pistol.

Based on specific intelligence regarding movement of the UG cadres in general area of Wangoi and Samurau of Imphal West District, a combined team of the 12 Bihar Regiment of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S and Wangoi Police Commandos under the supervision of 12 Bihar Regiment and ASP, Imphal West District launched counter insurgency operations in the area, and arrested six militants of the KYKL. During the operation, a vehicle check post was established at Oinam and the team arrested an active cadre and two OWGs of KYKL.

May 2

The KNF which had been accused of the April 22 evening Shantipur shooting and extortion incident in Imphal West District; clarified its non-involvement in the incident and strongly decried the arrest and detention of its cadre in connection with the incident. The outfit JMG member, Rohan Kuki categorically denied the organization’s involvement in the Kanglatongbi Shantipur shooting and extortion incident where a young student of Manipur Public School, Koirengei, Rakesh Shah (17), sustained bullet injury. He said the allegations levelled against the front are baseless and an attempt to tarnish the image of the organization.

May 3

A hand grenade lobbed by some unidentified assailants exploded just off the verandah of one Ngangom Nilachandra (50) of Irengbam Makha Leikai under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District. Although some portions of the verandah were damaged by the blast, there was no report of human casualty. It is reported that a KCP faction left a demand letter of INR one million at his residential gate on February 18 this year. In the meanwhile, local womenfolk staged a protest demonstration at Irengbam Makha Leikai community hall against the grenade attack.

Suspected militants of KNF-D abducted a JCB driver engaged in road widening works from Bongbal village under Singhat sub-division in Churachandpur District. Driver Kh Tondonba Singh hailing from Pukhao Naharup was staying at a makeshift camp of the labourers engaged in the road improvement work under PMGSY in the area. Police suspects that the militant group abducted the driver following refusal by the contractor to pay ransom to the militant group. The contract of the road widening was awarded to a special contractor T Lala of Lingsiphai village of Churachandpur.

The UNC condemned in the strongest terms the abduction and murder of truck driver PA Chinaoshang (38) of Pharung village under Ukhrul District. Chinaoshang was abducted by unidentified assailants from a labour camp at Shongphel village on April 3 and later his body was recovered in a decomposed state at Lhangnom village on April 18, UNC general secretary S Milan said in a statement. In addition, The UNC also condemns the barbaric and brutal killing of A Ngairaisung (33) of Phalee village under Somdal Police Station and MK Lungrei (40) of Hungpung village under Ukhrul Police Station on April 22 last by unidentified gunmen.

JCILPS announced a 42-hour State-wide public curfew with effect from May 5 midnight. JCILPS convenor Khomdram Ratan said that the public curfew has been announced to denounce Government’s delaying tactics regarding implementation of ILPS in the State. Saying that the public curfew would be effective till 6 pm of May 7, Ratan said that religious activities, medical, fire, water supply, power department and other essential services would be exempted from the purview of the public curfew.

May 4

Based on reliable information about the presence of cadres of PLA/RPF organisation in and around North AOC area, a team of Imphal West Police detained one person who was seen moving in a suspicious manner in front of Tampha Hotel. During the verification, he identified himself as Yengkhom Bhogen Singh (45) of Lilong Chajing Awang Leikai and revealed that he is a cadre of PLA/RPF, working under the command of self-styled ‘captain’ Emos. According to his revelation, another active member of PLA/RPF namely Hanjabam Shamungou Sharma (43) of Kyamgei Mayai Leikai was arrested from his residence and on his disclosure, one pistol along with magazine and four live rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered. Investigation revealed that both of them had extorted huge amounts of money from the government officials, businessmen, transport agencies and travel agencies in North AOC area.  

May 5

Based on reliable information, a combined team of Imphal East District Police commando and 45 AR conducted search operation in and around Khurai Lamlong Bazar and arrested one active member of UNLF, identified as Sorokhaibam Chingkhei Singh alias Aoupa alias Haokip (24) of Kongpal Chingambam Leikai in front of Friendship Educational School, Tinsid Road in Khurai. Investigation revealed that he has extorted INR 15,000 from the Pradhan of Khurai Chingambam Leikai Gram Panchayat in March, 2016 and had also extorted huge amounts of money from the general public.

The 48-hour Manipur bandh called by the JAC on the death of a youth in Imphal affected the normal life in the State. The bandh was called in protest against the State Government’s failure to find out the facts and circumstances leading to the death of S Prasanta alias Abung in Imphal West District. He was found hanging from a tree in Thoubal District in a suspicious manner on April 24.

Armed MCP-M claimed its hand on the bomb attack at Route 39 restaurant at Mantripukhri in Imphal West District, and alleged that the restaurant has become a drug haven patronized by the present government. The outfit in a statement signed by its Secretary Publicity & Propaganda Nonglen Meitei contended that the daring bomb attack was carried out by its urban militia to teach a befitting lesson to the restaurant owners following complaints from sections of the society about immoral activities going on in the place. It is a well known fact that two relatives of the ruling party are the biggest drug mafia ‘’Dons’’. The people were taken by surprise when a competent Police officer was transferred after he and his team seized contraband drugs at Imphal Airport. The team was also dissolved following the drug haul, the statement said. Appealing to the public to distance itself from the drug marketing centre to avoid untoward incidents, the outfit vowed to wipe out the centre for drug trafficking once for all.

May 6

A hand grenade was recovered from the residential gate of former IFCD Additional Chief Engineer Akham Nilamani of Sagolband Moirang Leirak in Imphal West District. A yellow envelope was found nearby and it was written with the words “Nongmaithem Jayenta Chief Medical Officer of Thoubal, Your life is danger”. The CMO Dr Nongmaithem Jayenta’s residence is located just two homesteads away.

AR troopers recovered an IED along Pangaltabi road in Thoubal District.

Two drivers of dumper trucks, identified as Mohammad Sabir (26) and Mohammad Indra Ahmad (45), and a helper, identified as Mohammad Akbar (21), who were abducted by suspected cadres of NSCN-R from Pallel Forest Gate on May 5, were rescued by a combined team of Thoubal commandos and Chandel District Police from Tuisimi village in Chandel District. It is suspected that they were abducted in connection with a monetary demand.

Right after the surrender of three cadres of the underground PLA to security officials, six more militants from different outfits lay down their arms before the DGP of Manipur, Y Joykumar and IGAR-S Major General CA Krishnan today at IGAR-S Mantripukhri. Those who surrendered included three cadres from the PLA, two from the KCP and one from the UPPK, a signatory of the MoU with the GoI and Manipur since 2013. The cadres were identified as Huidrom Awangamba (23) of Sandangkhong Sugnu in Thoubal District, who was a cadre of the PLA since 2007 and surrendered along with one 9 mm gun, magazine and four live rounds. His army number was 2935 and he belonged to the 35th batch of the PLA who trained in Burma; Laishram Priyobrata alias Meino Meitei (32) of Chairel Khongnang Leikai Sugnu in Thoubal District, whose army no. was 2287 of the PLA. He surrendered with one 9 mm pistol with magazine and two live rounds; and ‘lieutenant corporal’ Haobijam Gyaneshore Meitei alias Sanahan alias Lamyanba (19) of Napet Sugnu in Bishnupur District of PLA outfit army no. 2905. The cadres of the KCP are Private Heigrujam Ngongo Meitei alias Tondonba (20) of Sugnu Napet in Bishnupur District, KCP 163 Bn. Batch no.16 who trained in Burma; Private Ningthoujam Dolen Singh alias Chinglen (21) of Napet Mayai Lambi Sugnu in Bishnupur District, army no. 2040 of KCP who is trained in Burma. The UPPK cadre was identified as RK Naochouba alias Indrajit (27) of Chajing Narang Konjin in Wangoi in Imphal West District, UPPK Batch no. 22, who surrendered with one AK 47 and magazine and 20 live rounds of ammunition.

May 7

Central Government is implementing a scheme in the northeast for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that the objective of the scheme was to wean away the misguided youth who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them to the mainstream. He also said “Surrenderees are paid monthly stipend upto INR 4,000 for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant upto INR 250,000 is kept in a bank in the name of each surrenderee as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.” Eligible persons under the scheme are initially lodged in a rehabilitation camp where they are trained in a trade/vocation of their liking or befitting their aptitude. The eligible surrendered militants would also be given the opportunity for applying in the State police/Central Para Military forces. Impact assessment of the policy would be done every year to ensure corrective measures in the scheme provided.

May 9

Mohammad Tarique Khan (15) of Irong Khunou, who has been missing since May 2, was freed by his abductors at Heiningsoipat in Imphal-West District. Tarique told that he went to Leima Shopping complex to buy some goods on May 2, when he was abducted by three armed assailants from near the shopping complex. Convenor of the JAC constituted against the incident, Mohammad Junab Ali questioned how a 15-year-old boy could be easily abducted in broad light from a busy street of Imphal. Saying that the incident indicates that the SF personnel are not vigilant enough to protect the common people, he urged the Government to instruct the SF personnel to be alert. He also urged the Government to trace the abductors and award befitting punishment at the earliest.

A team of Police commandos arrested a member of RPF from Nongdam under Porompat Police Station in Imphal East District.

May 10

IPAK said that Naga and Kuki people were also in favour of implementation of ILPS in the State. Addressing a press conference at their Keishampat office, IPAK chairman Sapamcha Jadumani said that Kuki Inpi Manipur submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister regarding the matter in 2011. On the other hand, UNC’s general assembly of 2011-12 also took resolutions in support of ILPS implementation, he said.

A JCB driver, Kh Tontonba Singh, was freed by suspected militants, after he remained in captivity for eight days, near Churachandpur town in Churachandpur District. He alleged that he was abducted over a monetary demand. Tontonba claimed that the armed abductors wanted money from the contractor who engaged him for PMGSY work at Luigam village in Churachandpur District. A group of about five armed persons abducted him from a work shed at Luigam on May 3 midnight.

One active member of KNF-N was arrested at Nongbram village in Thoubal District by Manipur Police commandos and troops of AR. The cadre was allegedly involved in transportation of arms and ammunition for the outfit. A member of the MDF faction of the KYKL was also arrested from Uyumpok in Imphal East District. Based on the statement of the militant, another KYKL militant was arrested from Pukhao Laipham in the District. Police said that the duo was allegedly involved in extorting INR 5,000 from the teaching staff of primary schools.

The UNC vowed to resist tooth and nail any move by the Manipur Government to convert the three ‘controversial’ Bills into Acts. The Naga body’s statement after Manipur Government’s decision to send an all-party delegation to New Delhi on May 16, to the Centre to pass the Bills and enact them. “Our position is still unchanged. We’ll oppose tooth and nail any policy of the Manipur Government that can turn the Bills into Acts, UNC president Gaidon Kamei said. He made it clear that UNC has no any intention to hurt the aspiration of any particular community in Manipur other than its stance to go against the State Government’s plan that could disrupt the sentiments of the tribal people. “It’s very clear that we’ll never compromise our stand,” he reiterated. Gaidon Kamei then expressed his dismay over the campaigns to convert the three Bills even as the nine bodies, killed in Police action, are still lying at the morgue in Churachandpur.

May 11

Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL cadre, identified as Kongkham Domorendro alias Apabi (45) during an operation at Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal West District. Police team recovered one 9mm pistol along with a magazine and three live rounds and three Chinese hand grenades from his house. Domorendro revealed that he is an active member of KYKL working under the command of ‘self styled captain’ of KYKL, Khundrakpam Somorjit alias Santa Macha alias Radha of Thanga Lawai Sabal Leikai. Somorjit is presently staying in Tamu in Myanmar.

A KYKL cadre, identified as Leimapokpam Rajendro alias Ibungo (31) was also arrested from his house in Imphal West District. During the spot inquiry, Rajendro stated that he joined KYKL under one Soibam Arun (45) from his locality and presently working under the command of ‘self styled captain’ Khundrakpam Somorjit alias Santa Macha alias Radha of Thanga Lawai Sabal Leikai. The source said that Rajendro had admitted that he along with Domorendro had served demand letters and made demand calls to various educational institutions, oil pumps and hotels under the instruction of Somorjit.

May 12

India and Bangladesh began a five-day dialogue in Dhaka (Bangladesh) between border guarding forces over a host of security issues, including drug trafficking and cattle smuggling across the over 4,000-km frontier the two neighbours share. A 21-member delegation led by BSF Chief KK Sharma on May 11 reached Dhaka to hold the talks at the Pilkhana-based headquarters of their counterpart BGB. The 23-member Bangladeshi delegation is being led by BGB Chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed.

The situation along the Indo-Bangla boundary has improved after the two sides signed an agreement on exchange of border enclaves. The Indian team, including officials from the UMHA and border enforcement agencies, will discuss measures to further enhance security along the border and brief the BGB delegation about measures put in place to completely stop instances of cattle smuggling and other illegal substances across the boundary. Indian delegation sources said that the BGB is expected to raise the issue of bringing about a complete halt on border killing incidents and suggest enforcement of some strict security protocols by both the sides to achieve this goal. “A host of issues relating to activities of Indian insurgent groups suspected to be operating from the other side, smuggling of fake Indian currency, drugs and other banned items will be discussed,” they said.

May 13

The Myanmarese Parliament approved a decision to join the BIMSTEC Convention on cooperation in combating international terrorism, transnational organised crime and drug trafficking. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Myanmar's Deputy Home Affairs Minister General Aung Soe told: "BIMSTEC can increase cooperation with the international community and promote the country's stability and security. It will benefit the nation and the region".

May 14

The Imphal West District Police commandos reportedly arrested three active cadres of KNF-D, who were involved in abduction of PRO of Singhat MLA, from Nongpok Engkhon in New checkon area in Imphal East District. The arrested cadres have been identified as one Lunliansiam Vaiphei (21), Tingngaineng Vaiphei wife of (L) Thanglalian Vaiphei alias Avi Vaiphei and Letkhogin Vaiphei alias Agin, all resident of Salam Patong village in Senapati District. They revealed to have involved in the abduction of PRO of MLA Singhat and one JCB driver from Churachandpur District, said the sources adding that they further revealed that they took ransom for the release of one JCB Driver (who was abducted by their cadres from Churachandpur). Rupees four lakh and forty seven thousand only (INR 447,000/-) containing in a bag, four (4) numbers of Demand letters of KNF ( Democrats) and four (4) numbers of Mobile phones, were reportedly recovered from their possession.

A public movement demanding implementation of the ILPS continues in the State, with the staging of a mass sit-in between Keishampat to Hiyangthang along the Imphal-Mayai Lambi route in Imphal West District. The JAC on ILPS is spearheading the ongoing public movement in the State. The supporters of the movement also raised slogans demanding enactment of three pending Bills. On May 9, all political parties met in Imphal and resolved to depute a delegation led by the Chief Minister to urge the central authority in Delhi to give assent to the three pending Bills passed by Manipur Assembly on August 31 last year. The Bills in question are – the Protection of Manipur People’s Bill, 2015; The Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishment (MS&E) (2nd Amendment) Bill 2015.

Though Bangladesh is no longer a preferred route for the militants and criminals to bring in weapons to the Northeast, the porous international border with Myanmar is still a major worry as sophisticated weapons are still being brought into the region through that route and security agencies suspect that Dimapur in Nagaland is the hub of clandestine arms dealers. Highly placed security sources said that at one point of time, the militants used to bring in weapons to the Northeast through Bangladesh, but that has almost stopped in recent times as the security along the international border has been intensified, while the present Government in that country has also launched a crackdown against those involved in such arms smuggling.

But the porous border with Myanmar remains a cause of concern as militant groups as well as criminals are still bringing in weapons to the region through that country. The arms smugglers mostly use the Nagaland-Myanmar and Manipur-Myanmar borders to smuggle in weapons. Dimapur is still suspected to be the main hub of arms smugglers in the region from where the smuggled weapons are sent to the other states of the region. According to information available with the security agencies, one AK series rifle costs around three lakh rupees in the clandestine market, while a pistol costs around one lakh to 1.50 lakh rupees depending on the quality. One grenade costs around 30 thousand rupees.

May 15

Troops of 17 AR of 10 Sector AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S seized arms, ammunition and contraband items during a search operation conducted at Songphel in Senapati District. One person identified as Lelin Khongsai of Songphel village was arrested along with these items. The seized items were one 7.62 mm pistol (country made), one 7 mm air rifle (country made), manufacturing spats metal burner, barrel drilling machine and other weapons equipment, electric wire bundle, 19 FCC of 7.62 mm, 60 FCC of SBBL gun, three rifle barrels, 16 spare batteries, weapon butt of SBBL gun, six mobile phones without battery and SIM cards, 211 kilograms of Ganja, 450 grams of opium and other incriminating articles.

The JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills sought the cooperation of the general public to its call for bandh in tribal areas of Manipur starting from midnight of May 16, 2016 till the midnight of May 18, 2016. In a press release, the JAC informed that selected services and activities that have been exempted from the scope of the shut down in the interest of the general public are medical services including medical emergencies and check-ups, water supply, media houses, postal service, telecom, electricity, airport pickup and drop, ongoing exams (both students and teachers/invigilators), marriage ceremonies and pre-planned conferences.

Lourembam Enterprises, a furniture house located at Kyamgei Awang Leikai under Singjamei Police Station in Imphal East District, was attacked by unidentified assailants by hurling a hand grenade. The furniture house belongs to one Lourembam Rame (42) of Kyamgei. However, there was no report of any casualty.

May 17

One IED exploded in front of a private transport company at Thangal Keithel in Imphal and another at the no man’s land near the border town of Moreh in Chandel District. However, there is no report of any casualty, sources informed. The powerful IED exploded in front of the office of RCM on Thangal Keithel-Khoyathong Road at around 4.15 am. Even though the steel shutter of the office and window panes of some adjacent buildings were damaged, there was no report of any human casualty. Although it is not known yet who is responsible for the blast, it is suspected that the IED blast was related with monetary demand. Another IED exploded at the no man’s land just 100 metres beyond border pillar 78 along Indo-Myanmar border near Moreh in Chandel District at around 11.15 am. Soon after the blast, combined team of Police and 11 AR personnel cordoned off the area and carried out a search operation.

Troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion under the aegis of Senapati Brigade, Red Shield Division arrested an active cadre of KLF-Bryan in an operation carried out. According to a statement issued by the PIB-DW, based on specific input regarding presence of a suspected cadre of KLF-Bryan in a house at Thomjang (Motbung), an operation was launched by troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion. On being challenged by the troops, the individual tried to flee from the location but was chased down and successfully arrested, ‘self-styled Private’ Haopu Mate (25) of Nomjang Police Station in Dalai in Karbi Anglong District (Assam). He confessed of working under the command of ‘self-styled Commander-in-Chief’ Laminthang Chongloi alias Bryan.

May 19

Suspected militants ambushed a BSF patrol party at Heirok in Thoubal District along the India-Myanmar border. The BSF personnel escaped unhurt. Police sources said the militants hurled two bombs at the patrol party of the 50 Bn BSF returning from a foot patrol to their camp. Besides, a few shots were also fired from automatic rifles. The patrolling party fired in return but the militants managed to escape. Meanwhile, all Police Stations and camps of the SFs were put on alert.

May 20

At least four persons, including three women were injured as ILPS strike supporters confronted with the Police, the first day of the 38-hour “Sintha Leppa” strike call given by JCILPS. Hundreds of protestors came to the street to impose the ‘Sintha Leppa’ demanding immediate implementation of ILP in the state and enactment of three bills related for protection of indigenous people in Manipur. The protestors blocked movement of all sort of vehicles including those belonging to Police and SFs. Four protestors were injuries when the Police used tear gas shells to disperse them from blocking the road at Keishampat Junction. All shops and business establishments, educational institutions, banks and financial institutions remained close for the day. However, the strike had no impact in the hill Districts except non-arrival of inter-District service vehicles originating from Imphal for the day.

May 22

At least six personnel of 29 AR, including one JCO, were killed, and another seven personnel were injured in an ambush laid by militants at Hengshi village, near the India-Myanmar border, in the Chakpikarong tehsil of Chandel District. A convoy of AR while returning after assessing a landslide area in Holingjang to the Battalion headquarters location at Joupi, a village in Chakpikarong tehsil in Chandel District had an encounter with suspected valley based insurgent groups. In the ensuing fire fight, one and five soldiers were martyred. The troops retaliated but the insurgents managed to get away under thick forest cover and bad weather. The militants exploded IEDs before they rained bullets on the AR convoy. Another source said that the suspected militants take away one Light Machine Gun, four AK Rifles and one INSAS Rifle along with ammunition when they escaped inside the thick jungle. The deceased AR personnel have been identified as Subedar Baldev Kumar Sharma (Himachal Pradesh), Rifleman Pawan Kumar (Jammu), Rifleman Mahesh Gurung, Rifleman Bhupendra Kumar (Himachal Pradesh), Rifleman Akhilesh Pandey (Uttar Pradesh) and Havildar Suraj Bariya. The CorCom, a conglomerate body of several underground outfits has claimed its hand behind the ambush. CorCom said that the ambush was carried out by a JFF and added that six personnel including one JCO were killed.

UHM Rajnath Singh directed SFs to take "strongest possible action" against militants involved in the killing of six AR personnel in Manipur. Singh reviewed the situation with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other top officials in the security establishment following the killing of a JCO and five AR personnels in the ambush in Chandel District close to Indo-Myanmar border, official sources said. The UHM Singh also spoke to AR Director General, who apprised him of the situation and action taken so far.

After its strike threw life out of gear for two days, the Joint Committee on ILPS now trained its guns on the political parties in its next step to intensify its agitation. The committee, a public conglomerate spearheading a public movement for getting the President's assent to three bills on the lines of ILP, which were passed by the Assembly on August 31 last year, announced its next course of agitation. The Protection of Manipur People Bill, The Manipur Land Reforms and Land Revenue (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill are now awaiting President Pranab Mukherjee's assent. "We will close down party offices in the state from tomorrow (May 23). We will also close government offices," Khomdram Ratan, convener of the committee said. He said closure of the party offices and government offices was aimed at paralysing the functioning of political parties and the government.

SFs are carrying out combing operations to arrest the militants involved in Chandel attack. Officials said the area had been cordoned off to prevent them from crossing over to neighbouring Myanmar. "The search operation has been going on since Sunday (May 22) but there are deep jungles and rainy weather. So far no one has been caught," one officer said. The attackers are said to have taken away six automatic rifles - four AK series rifles, one INSAS rifle and a Light Machine Gun - magazines and live rounds of ammunition from the personnel of 29 Assam Rifles.

Kuki Civil Organizations of Chandel District condemned the Hengshi ambush on May 22, in which militants killed 6 AR personnel in the ambush. In a joint press statement, the KCA Khengjoi Block, TSA Chandel District and KSO Khengjoi Block strongly condemned carrying out an attack on AR personnel near Hengshi Village and disturbing the peace and tranquility in the area.

May 23

The JCILPS appealed to all the people to carry on the ongoing mass agitation relentlessly until the popular demand is achieved in order to protect the indigenous peoples, their political destiny, economy and identity. JCILPS further appealed to all the people, local clubs, Meira Paibi (local women's pressure group) groups and organisations to take out torch rallies in their respective localities on May 23 starting from 7 pm. Subsequent mass agitation would target political parties and Government offices, said a press release issued by JCILPS, publicity affairs committee.

May 24

Four students and an equal number of SF personnel were injured when Police fired tear gas and mock bombs at agitated members of the JCILPS, mostly students and women, who tried to storm the office of the BJP Manipur Pradesh at Keishampat in Imphal. Another group of agitators also tried to storm the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (I) office at BT Road in Imphal. In the meanwhile, the All Manipur Nupi Marup staged a sit-in agitation at Irabot Bhavan in Imphal today demanding implementation of ILP system in the State.

Two days after the militant ambush in which six AR personnels were killed, General Officer Commanding 3 Corps, Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna admitted the attack was a "setback" but pledged to hit back hard. "This type of casualty is a setback for everyone. But we will get back (to the attackers) and when we get back it will be hard," General Krishna said after paying floral tributes to the martyred personnels. Militants ambushed the Assam Rifles convoy led by commanding officer of 29 Assam Rifles Colonel Rajeev Ranjan at Joupi in Chandel District on May 22, killing six personnel on the spot. The militants took away six weapons. Terming the ambush as an act of cowardice, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said, "We will not spare anyone who is against the nation and behind such heinous acts."

May 25

The Police rounded up at least five student activists taking part in the campaign demanding implementation of ILP in Manipur even as pro-ILP campaigners continued to target office of political parties. Of the five student activists two were picked up on May 24, while the women and student activists of the JCILPS attempting to storm BJP office were confronting with the Police. The two students have been sent to jail after they were produced in a local court on May 25. Three more student activists have been picked up by the Police on May 25. One of them was picked up while the ILP campaigners were demonstrating in front of Congress Bhavan while the other two were detained after a verbal confrontation at Takyel Leikai in Imphal West District where students of some schools and colleges staged a demonstration on the road demanding implementation of ILPS.

Around 100 students carried out a rally in the area which police prevented them from further proceeding towards Imphal on NH-37. On other hand, Police once again foiled a bid to storm Congress Bhavan as pro-ILP campaigners continued to press the political parties active in Manipur to go and press the Centre for giving assent to the three bills passed by the state Assembly, pending with the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Unable to proceed further owing to the good number of Police personnel detained there, the campaigners shouted various slogans toward the office while staging a democratic protest.

The students' wing of the JCILPS set May 27 as deadline for the representatives of the All Political Parties Committee to meet the President and Prime Minister of India and get their assent to the three bills. Speaking to media persons at their office, Convenor of the students' wing Oinam Nandababu warned that failure of the all parties committee to meet the deadline will invite severe forms of agitations including storming residences of political party leaders and lockdown of their offices. He said, as part of the ongoing movement demanding implementation of the ILPS in the State, it will be taking up other forms of agitations in the State. They have taken note of the public reservations on bandhs and general strikes, he added. He said, political parties have failed to exert due pressure to the Central government to give assent to the three bills passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015.

Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag reviewed the security situation in Manipur where a combing operation to arrest militants responsible for gunning down six AR personnel in Chandel District on May 22 continued for the fourth day. Taking strong note of the attack, General Suhag, who was earlier the GOC of the 3 Corps based in Dimapur, stressed on the need to carry out further intensive operation against those insurgent groups active in the region.

May 26

One BSF personnel was injured when two IEDs exploded in a paddy field near Betel High School at Itham Moirangpurel under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. According to reports, BSF personnel as usual were on a ROP duty through a paddy field around 100 feet from the road when two IEDS planted by UG cadres suddenly exploded. It is said that the IEDs were triggered by remote control device. In the attack, an under training IRB (Chandigarh) personnel attached to the 49 BN BSF post suffered injuries.

The CorCom has categorically stated on May 26, that its strike capacity was demonstrated when a team of the JFF operating under the committee's Joint Military Commission attacked troops of 29 AR led by Colonel Ranjit in between Hengshi and Tuyang under Khengjoi sub-division of Chandel District on May 22, where six AR personnel including a JCO was killed apart from confiscating one LMG, one INSAS Rifle and four AK-56 rifles. All the cadres who took part in the attack which was carried out as a part of 'Operation Yenning' returned to a camp of JFF and they were accorded a warm reception, conveyed a press release issued by CorCom media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba.

Reacting to news reports and claims of top Indian military officers that some camps of militants located along Indo-Myanmar border were busted on May 25, the CorCom dismissed the same news reports as fabricated and baseless. It was just an attempt to boost the sagging morale of Indian military forces, it asserted.

May 27

AR troops recovered an IED from Vanghoiphai village on Imphal-Churachandpur road in Churachandpur District. Army bomb disposal squad exploded the IED at a nearby secluded place safely, said a source.

A combined team of Imphal West District Police commandos and 45 Assam Rifles troops arrested the self styled 'general secretary' of KCP-MC and two cadres of PREPAK-Pro along with a cache of explosive materials and a pistol. The arrested PREPAK-Pro cadres have been identified as Naoroibam Joyshankar alias Khougang alias Loyumba of Lairikyengbam Leikai and Kangabam Roshan of Bamon Leikai Thangapat. The 'general secretary' of KCP-MC has been identified as Wahengbam Ramananda alias Rousow alias Luwangngngamba (40) of Kontha Ahallup. Police recovered one lethod gun with four lethod shells, four C4 explosive cakes, one IED bomb fitted in a pipe, one mobile phone, batteries and wires from Naoroibam Joyshankar and one pistol along with five live rounds from Ramananda.

May 28

Two girl students sustained minor injuries while another fainted when Police burst teargas shells and resorted to baton charge to prevent the students from marching within the perimeter of the high security zone area in Imphal. The incident occurred at Kwakeithel area along the Tiddin Road in Imphal West District, half-a-kilometer from the Governor's and Chief Minister's bungalows. Police said the students were accompanied by locals and women activists during the rally for conversion of the three ILPS-related Bills into Acts with the assent of the President. The Bills were passed by the State Assembly in August last year.

May 29

Unidentified assailants attacked a house at Sekmai Khunou Mathak Leikai in Imphal West District by hurling an explosive. A hand grenade was recovered near the kitchen of retired Cooperation Assistant Registrar Khwairakpam Gouro (78). The hand grenade partially wrapped with a rubber tape was even picked up by Gouro's wife Leima unknowingly.

May 30

As Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh prepares to lead a delegation to New Delhi to muster support for three anti-migrant Bills passed by the Assembly, those opposed to the proposed laws said they will intensify their agitation. There will be sit-in protests and prayers in churches on June 9 and a 12-hour shutdown in the tribal-dominated areas on June 26 to mark the 300th day of the agitation, said tribal organisations. The organisations are appealing to all tribals in Manipur to fly black flags on their homes as a mark of protest and continue to do so till the matter is resolved.

Army Troops arrested three active cadres of KCP-Poirei Meitei in an operation carried out near Pheidinga in Imphal West District. The troops first arrested one individual, identified as Laiphrakpam Chaoba Singh alias Naoba alias Sikinib alias Ravi (28). He confessed of being an operational commander of KCP-Porei-Meitei for Imphal East and West, Bishnupur and Thoubal Districts and working with the organisation since 2013. On further questioning he revealed that Porei Meitei alias Rocky, ‘Chief-in-Command’ of the insurgent group tasked him to lob grenade at state Congress Bhawan and BJP Head Quarters at Imphal. On his indication, two live Chinese hand grenades were recovered from his house at Basikhong Panthoibi Lampak in Imphal East District. One Hero CBZ bike and extortion notes were also recovered from the individual. On his information, two more militants of KCP-Porei-Meitei, identified as Bhim alias Inao and Tek Bahadur Niroula were arrested from Wangoi and Kanglatongbi respectively.

Indian troops are said to have entered Myanmarese territory for the second time in less than a year in pursuit of militants responsible for the May 22 deadly ambush on an AR convoy in Manipur and initial reports suggested that at least eight militants were killed in the operation on May 27, officials familiar with the matter said. “The AR has informed us that besides killing eight, they have picked up 18 militants who were later handed over to the Myanmar authorities,” said an official from the security establishment. Security agencies are in process of trying to confirm the extent of damage. There has been no acknowledgement from the Myanmar authorities so far on the matter, the official said. “We are still collecting the details and cannot confirm the number of deaths. These camps where the action took place are located inside Myanmar beyond the free zone of 16 kilometre,” the official added. Six soldiers of the AR were killed in the May 22 ambush, blamed on North East insurgent groups in Manipur. During high-level consultations in New Delhi to take stock of the matter, AR was instructed to initiate an action similar to the one in June last year (2015), people in the know said. According to AR report to the Centre, the militants who were gunned down in the latest attack belonged to the CorCom, a joint platform of militants groups operating in Manipur. The CorCom had claimed responsibility for May 22 ambush and even released photographs of its hit squad. Officials familiar with the matter said there was no clarity so far on the number of insurgents killed and there could also be members of the NSCN-K.

The militant group, KCP-Poirei Meitei called for a 12-hour general strike on poll day (June 2) of IMC election. In a statement dispatched to the local media, the faction alleged that Government as well as political parties sidelined the ongoing people’s movement for implementation of ILPS in the State.

May 31

Army troops arrested two OGWs helping ZUF cadres from Hengkot in Churachandpur District. The arrested persons were identified as Soithienlal (35) and Kimneihthiem (34). INR 1, 52,000 and 50 rice bags of 25 kg each were also recovered from them.

June 1

The PREPAK-Pro greeted all the people of Kangleipak (Manipur) on the occasion of the outfit’s sixth raising day. A statement issued by the outfit’s Chairman Paliba M remarked that “successive generations of Kangleipak enjoyed freedom in the past although they encountered several challenges from time to time. However, the present generation of people has been living a wretched life….. The assertion that Kangleipak cannot survive without protection of the Government of India is a serious concern. The political downfall, economic degradation and the resultant sense of insecurity felt by the people of Kangleipak today are outcomes of the many covert and overt strategies of the Government directed towards this end. As such, the Constitution of India can never guarantee the security and well being of the people of Kangleipak”.

A hand grenade was found inside the residential compound of Dr Yumkhaibam Rajendro (45) located at Andro Khunou in Imphal East District. It is believed that the bomb might have been planted in connection with monetary demand. A case has been registered with Andro Police Station and investigation is on.

A hand grenade was found on the 5th floor of Imphal Hospital and Research Centre located on RIMS Road in Imphal West District. Police retrieved the explosive later.

A team of Imphal West District Police commando arrested an active member of UNLF, identified as Akoijam Jiteshwor Singh (60), while conducting frisking and checking in front of District Collector office in Lamphel in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles along with a sum of INR 9,500 were recovered from his possession. On his disclosure, later, the team recovered 19 live rounds of AK-47 rifle ammunition from his residence. Investigation revealed that he was involved in transportation of arms and ammunition and extortion of money from the general public.

June 2

In the wake of ongoing violent agitations against the anti-migrant bills, the DM in Imphal East imposed prohibition under Sub-Section 2 of Section 144 Code of CrPC, 1973 in the whole of Imphal East District including Jiribam from 6 a.m. of June 3, 2016 to 6 a.m. of August 2, 2016. According to an order issued by the DM of Imphal East district, the order will not apply to agencies of the Government involved in the enforcement of law and order and the maintenance of essential services. Persons who want to take out procession, public meeting, rally within the District should apply to the DM for permission and they should not take out procession, meeting until the permission is obtained by them.

June 3

The UNLF clarified that the ongoing movement spearheaded by JCILPS to implement ILPS in Manipur is neither instigated nor sponsored by UNLF and that Khomdram Ratan is not related to the outfit in any way. A statement issued by M Sakhen Deputy Director Department of Publicity of the outfit contended that the movement of the JCILPS and UNLF are two separate entities with different goals. It asserted that the struggle taken up by UNLF is to retain the lost sovereignty of Manipur from the colonial rule of India while the one spearheaded by JCILPS is people’s movement to save the indigenous population of the state from the unabated influx of outsiders. Rubbishing the reports linking the outfit’s struggle with that of JCILPS movement, it claimed that the report published in a national daily was a plot jointly taken up by the Indian government and its intelligence agency to mislead the people’s movement taken up by JCILPS. The fact that JCILPS movement is against the migrant influx from mainland India and the assimilation policy of India speaks for itself that such misleading propaganda is imminent, it said. At the same time, clarifying that Khomdram Ratan is not a cadre of the outfit and not in the list of the outfit’s enrolment register, it said that the photo of Ratan that went viral on social media was manipulated.

Army troops arrested ‘commander-in-chief’ of TPLA, an insurgent outfit active in Sadar Hill areas under Senapati District, in an operation carried out in Bethel Veng village of Senapati District. The militant leader identified himself as Nekholen Lhouvum of Senapati District. “The militant confessed of being involved in various nefarious activities including, kidnappings, incidents of shootings and extortions in Sadar Hill areas,” PRO Defence Wing said in the release. He was in possession of one 9mm pistol (USA Made), one 9mm magazine, five live rounds of 9 mm, one mobile and two Kenwood (Motorola) set which were seized”, it added.

June 4

Four suspected militants who were fully armed with automatic rifles shot and seriously injured a truck driver, identified as Sanjeev Pradhan (26) near Changoubung turning in Senapati District. The incident happened around 9:30pm when the assailants stopped the truck for monetary demands and fired 20-30 rounds which injured the driver in his abdomen. The suspected militants fled the crime scene after puncturing the tyres of the truck. The gunmen also damaged the windshield.

June 5

Unidentified assailants planted a hand grenade at the residential gate of one Laishram Arun (58) of Keishampat Leimajam Leikai Maning Leirak under Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District. A source said that family members informed the Police after they found a suspicious object hanging at their gate. Later, the bomb experts detected that the suspicious object was a hand grenade and safely defused at Lamphelpat. Imphal Police have taken up a case regarding the incident, saying the bomb might have been planted there in connection with a monetary demand.

Andro locals staged a sit-in-protest against placing of a hand grenade by unidentified assailants at the residence of RIMS Deputy Director Dr Yumkhaibam Rajendro at Andro market in Imphal East District. The protest was jointly staged by AAYCA, AAMPA and ESCSU in Andro.

June 6

Several shops run by non-locals in Imphal were ransacked by volunteers of KSA. Goods were pulled out and thrown on the streets in Kakhulong and Masjid areas under Paona Bazaar in Imphal West District around 3 pm. Most of the vandalised shops were groceries and other shops selling betel leaves. Police rushed to the spot but the student volunteers managed to flee, report said.

Putting to rest reports of a surgical strike in Myanmar against rebels from the North East after an ambush killing six AR personnel in Manipur last month, the Army said sometimes factional fights among insurgent groups were attributed to SFs. “I must ask you where does this rumour come from? We respect the sovereignty of all our neighbours. There is no question of going across... Nothing has happened. We did no strikes,” Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi said.

The RPF denied having any relation whatsoever with Labuktongbam Teshkumar Sharma alias Ibomcha (53) and Urikkhinbam Sanjoy (37) who have been reportedly arrested by Imphal West District Police commando on June 4.

The UNLF denied having any connection whatsoever with one Akoijam Jiteshwar (60) who was reportedly arrested by Imphal West District Police commando on June 2 in front of DC Office at Lamphel. In a statement, M Sak-hen, ‘director department of publicity’, UNLF said that Akoijam Jiteshwar is not a member of the UNLF or its armed wing MPA in any way. He has not been assigned any responsibility by the outfit. There is no incident of recovering ammunition from him and the allegations leveled against him were false.

June 7

Two non-local masons, identified as Ramu Patel (35) and Surendra Patel (35) (both from Paschim District of Uttar Pradesh) were shot at by an unknown assailant at Thang-meiband in Imphal West District. Both the injured non-locals are undergoing treatment at RIMS hospital. Local sources said that they heard two gunshots and found the two non-locals lying injured with bullet injuries near a culvert located between Thangmeiband Lourung Purel Leikai and Thangmeiband Polem Leikai.

Unidentified assailants exploded a low intensity IED near Reliance Mobile tower at Thoubal Achouba Pakhangkhong Leirak in Thoubal District. The assailants exploded the bomb at the back side of the residential compound of one Leishangthem Sanathoi (33). Although no one was injured, a portion of the concrete fencing and iron gate of the Reliance Mobile tower were damaged by the blast.

UMHA official and joint secretary in charge of the Northeast, Satyendra Garg, said that Delhi was alarmed by the recent ambush of AR soldiers. “We have to increase security in the unfenced border region because separatist rebels are freely moving back and forth and attacking our forces,” Garg said during a recent visit to Tripura. “Northeast India’s seven states have international borders and Myanmar is the most sensitive border at this moment. There are certain issues like in Manipur where there was a large attack recently. So the government of India is working on a plan to increase security along the Indo-Myanmar border,” he said.

He expressed his concern over Arunachal Pradesh being used as a corridor and safe shelter by armed rebels from Nagaland. “Arunachal has faced the impact of insurgency from Nagaland. Certain areas of Arunachal are next to Nagaland and there is a real insurgency situation. We are addressing the problem of the corridors used by insurgents.”  Garg said that the Indian government is in touch with all neighbouring countries including Myanmar to stop the trans-border movement of arms, ammunition and of militants. “The Government of India takes [the issue] up with everybody whether it is Bangladesh, Myanmar, China or Bhutan, everywhere there are strategic interests,” said Garg.

He said that to bring long-lasting peace in the region the government of India has taken the initiative to continue peace talks with various insurgent groups in the region, for which there should be a congenial atmosphere. Garg said, “The Government of India is talking to Naga insurgent group NSCN, Kuki groups and now operations have been suspended against a Meitei Manipuri rebel group also. We are reviewing the situation in Manipur on a regular basis...”

June 8

A hand grenade was found at the staff’s parking (ground floor) of City Hospital in Chingmeirong in Imphal East District. Police later retrieved the hand grenade. It is suspected that the grenade might have been planted in connection with extortion.

The 13-hour ‘cease work strike’ called by JCILPS passed off peacefully in Manipur at 6 pm. The strike, which was called in protest against the withholding of assent to Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, affected normal life in the State capital. Markets remained closed while all roads in the capital wore a deserted look with vehicles off the road from dawn to dusk. However, air traffic at Imphal international airport functioned normally.

Troops of Assam Regiment arrested two cadres of NNC in Hourang Keirel area under Lamshang Police Station of Imphal West District. One 2 mm pistol, five rounds of ammunition and two mobile handsets were recovered from them.

June 9

Police arrested four persons including two minors for assaulting a non-local and uploading the video of the incident on social networking sites. It may be mentioned that a video that shows some persons thrashing a non-local youth went viral a few days back on social networking sites. Two of the arrested youth were identified as Maibam Roshan (19) and his younger brother Maibam Rajbirshal (18). Other two attackers are said to be minors. The two adults have been detained at City police station while the juveniles have been handed over to Juveniles Correction Centre for necessary legal procedures.

Assam Regiment troops arrested one militant of PREPAK from Lamshang Bazaar under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal West District.

Strongly condemning the crackdown on tribal protesters in New Delhi by Delhi Police and Manipur Rifles personnel posted at Manipur Bhawan, Thadou bodies including TSA, TWA and TYA enforced the 24-hour ‘total shutdown’ in Sadar Hills in Senapati District. In the backdrop of Delhi Police and Manipur Rifles action towards the tribal protesters at Manipur Bhawan in Delhi, the tribal bodies under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee against Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC) had imposed a 24-hour ‘total shutdown’ in all tribal areas of Manipur since June 8 midnight.

Over 400 vehicles including inter-state buses and goods laden trucks were stranded at Mao area on the borders with Nagaland and Jiribam along Assam border. Hundreds of inter-state passengers and freight trucks were also stranded on key NH to Imphal due to a 24-hour strike called by tribal activists in Manipur to protest alleged police “excesses” on slogan-shouting supporters in Delhi. The strike that ended midnight was followed by the start of the 10-day economic blockade.

June 10

A 10-day economic blockade and ban on construction of all ongoing national projects in hill (tribal) areas began in Manipur on June 10 leaving a large number of goods-laden trucks stranded on the inter-State borders. The blockade has been jointly called by JAC of Churachandpur and an apex tribal body OMTF comprising UNC, Zomi Council, Thadou Inpi, Hmar Inpui and MPC. They are protesting against the process of implementation of ILPS in Manipur through conversion of three ILP-related Bills into Acts with the assent of the President.

June 11

A human skeleton was found near BSF camp at Koirengei in Imphal East District, sources said. According to sources, forensic scientists have collected samples for testing. Meanwhile, a human rights activist, Khaidem Mani said that the Supreme Court (SC) was looking into a complaint that at least 1,528 people were missing since the height of the armed insurgency in Manipur. “Compensations were paid to the family members of some victims, but nobody had been booked and sent to prison. Most of the missing persons are feared to be victims of fake encounters whose bodies were secretly disposed of,” Mani said. He said the government should order a probe to establish the identity of the person whose skeleton was found near the BSF camp. “It is also disappointing that so far nothing has been heard of the testing of the skeletons found in the past in Manipur.”

June 12

One hand grenade was found inside the Porompat complex of Babina Diagnostics in Imphal East District. The Chinese-made hand grenade which was put inside a black polythene bag was found hanging from a tree at the diagnostic centre’s lawn. Police later retrieved the grenade. It is suspected that the hand grenade was placed there in connection with monetary demand and a case has been registered at Porompat Police Station.

 

 

 

 

 
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