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Manipur Timeline - Year 2017

January 1

In two separate incidents, two hand grenades were recovered at Uripok in Imphal West District and Phaknung in Imphal East District. In the first incident, one hand grenade was recovered at the residential gate of Yengkhom Janaki (81) at Uripok Achom Leikai at around 7.30 am. A note beside the grenade said that Red Army of KCP would attack Yengkhom Janaki and his son-in-law for paying no heed to the outfit's repeated warning over alleged misappropriation of rice sanctioned under 'Mid Day Meal' scheme. The grenade was set off safely at a garbage dumping site of Lamphelpat by a bomb disposal squad of Manipur Police. In the second incident, another hand grenade was found at a paddy field of Phaknung Makha Leikai in Imphal East District. The grenade was defused there by a bomb disposal squad.

The deadlock of Manipur continues as the economic blockade imposed on NHs 2 and 37 by the UNC had entered its third month. The report said that the situation had remained unchanged as Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and the UNC were not budging from their respective stands over the issues of creating new Districts. On the contrary, Ibobi Singh said that first the UNC should call off the blockade and give an assurance that it would not be repeated only after that talk would be possible and Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Lamkang, two UNC leaders, might be released. The Manipur Government also rejected the UNC's demand of conducting the talk by going the Government officials in the District headquarters of Senapati District. Earlier, Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, said that the Manipur Government was not serious about ending the blockade. However CM Ibobi Singh denied it saying that there was no question of playing politics since it is a question of starving the people of the State.

A combined team of Imphal East District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one 'self styled captain' of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba (45).

January 2

One civilian, identified as Athari Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42) were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am. The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper and another man dead.

One civilian, identified as Athari Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42) were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am. The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper and another man dead.

One civilian, identified as Athari Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42) were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am. The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper and another man dead.

A Chinese hand grenade was recovered by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for the act so far.

Self styled 'chairman' Helun Haokip of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his 'organisation' KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.

The Court of CJM, Imphal East District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.

January 3

At least 14 people were injured when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters. The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati District Administration Office before being stopped by security personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.

Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District, near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat. The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible for the firing also remain unknown till now.

January 4

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as "grave". Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report saying it "wrongly" concluded that the prevailing situation was "not conducive" to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However, just ahead of Ibobi's meeting with the President, the EC declared that the Assembly election will be held in two phases - on March 4 and 8 - in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and the UNLF.

UNC- the apex body of the Nagas based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems are resolved. "The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur's problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade, no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the state," K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed the Nagas of Manipur. "We have been betrayed by the Manipur government, as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga areas of the state," said Paul.

January 5

The UKLF categorically stated that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh's visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December 15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location in Chandel district, UKLF 'home secretary' Daniel Thadou said that the KNLF 'chairman' had merged with the UNLF on his own volition. Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would know the truth.

Earlier KNLF 'general secretary' Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi's allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.

January 6

A Field Assistant of Veterinary Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District. Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.

In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement, NSCN-IM said that such 'artificial boundary fencing imposed upon the Naga people' was against the will of the people and was gross violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO were also against the fencing.

The 'chairman' of the KNLF wrote to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication sent to the chairman of the JMG, the 'chairman' of the KNLF said that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c' had already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.

Combined team of Bishnupur District Police commandos and AR troopers recovered a 9 mm carbine machine gun along with one magazine from an abandoned Bajaj Discover bike at Torbung in Bishnupur District. However, the assailant, who was seen coming out from Torbung bazar Mamang Leikai with that bike and abandoned it at Torbung auto shed managed to escape.

January 7

Two CRPF jawans, identified as constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed responsibility so far.

The UNC decided to continue its economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the first week of March. The UNC also decided to 'intensify' the economic blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District.

January 8

The dead bodies of the abducted civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur's newly-created Tengnoupal District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh, Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on January 9.

A hand grenade planted by unidentified assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y Sushil's wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,

One cadre of the Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC militant, identified as Kangabam Chaoba alias Mohen (63), who was involved in placing a hand grenade at the office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016 was arrested by Imphal West District Police at Sagolband Kangabam Leikai area in Imphal West District. One Chinese hand grenade along with detonator and three demand letters were recovered from the arrested militant. The militant disclosed that he had been working under the command of self styled 'commander' Laishram Mangoljao alias Lamyanba Khuman of the militant group who was staying in Nepal. He also disclosed that he collected one Chinese hand grenade from another militant, AK Khamba (48) who was recently arrested by Imphal East District commandos.

January 9

A highly volatile situation was witnessed in the whole of Senapati town in Senapati District, following the arrest of leaders of ANSAM by AR. According to the report, ANSAM President Seth Shatsang, Finance Secretary of the association Joseph Adani and Executive Secretary AC Thotso were arrested by the AR personnel from Taphou area of Senapati town while they were enforcing the economic blockade. However they were released after the intervention of the Naga people.

After the arrest of the militant of Lamyanba Khuman faction of KCP-MC on January 8 by Manipur Police, who suspected to be involved in planting a hand grenade at the office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016, a spokesperson of AR claimed that CorCom, an apex body of six outfits of Manipur responsible for the threatening of the local editors.

January 10

Unidentified assailants hurled nine petrol bombs at the resident of Tamenglong DC, M Luikham in Tamenglong District. Out of nine, five bombs exploded, but no injuries were reported. According to the report, the guards at the residence of M Luikham opened several rounds of fire in the air to ward off the attackers. The identity of the attackers is not yet confirmed, as no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Unidentified assailants allegedly attacked BJP activist, Mohammad Rajauddin's residence at Mayang Imphal Bengoon in Imphal West District by firing numerous rounds. According to the report, a group of unidentified assailants travelling inside a four wheeler vehicle allegedly attacked the resident. No injuries were reported, and identity of the assailants was also unknown so far.

A team of Imphal East District Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Ningthoujam Yamba Singh alias Sanayamba (35) at Keirao Awang Leikai in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militant.

Security was beefed up after a bomb threat to a bridge at Jirighat in Cachar District by militant groups. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Manipur, intelligence report said that the NSCN-IM or the NSCN-K might blast the Jirighat Bridge, which connects Assam and Manipur.

The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that Chinese intelligence agencies had been helping various insurgent groups of North Eastern India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi also claimed that the chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently set up base in Ruili, a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He said that Paresh Barua had drawn up plans to supply arms procured from Chinese agencies to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern region. "Chinese intelligences have been helping, directly or indirectly various insurgent groups of the North-eastern region that have their bases and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups are under increasing influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I leader Paresh Barua is among those top leaders who have been in regular touch with the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the China-Myanmar border," ADGP LR Bishnoi said.

Giving a break-up of the cadre strength of different North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP Bishnoi also said that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres there, PLA- a Manipuri group came second with over 250 men. "Taking into account at least ten North-eastern rebel groups having their bases and hideouts in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500 militants from the region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone has a little over 1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA, 230 of the UNLF and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I," Bishnoi said. According to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would be between 80 and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro around 10 each. "Two things that have been happening there is that while the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination, they get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities close to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These villagers not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide them through the mountainous track," Bishnoi said.

January 11

One ZUF militant, identified as Abel Gangmei (30) was killed by suspected NSCN-IM cadres at Padanpung village in Noney District. Two spent cartridges were recovered near the dead body of the militant.

Eleven persons, including six NSCN-IM militants were arrested and arms were recovered by the Thoubal District Police in three separate incidents from different parts of the Thoubal District. In the first incident, a team of Thoubal District Police led by SP M Pradeep conducted a search operation at Tuisem village under Pallel Police Station and arrested seven persons including three former NSCN-IM cadres who failed to produce proper identification proof. Four SSBL guns and one unauthorized weapon were recovered in the operation.

In the second incident, the Police team carried out a search operation at Khangshim village under Kakching Police Station and arrested a sympathizer and a self styled 'captain' of NSCN-IM identified as Hongsha Moshel (32) and Ashang Hongsha (42) respectively. One .38 pistol with four live rounds, two mobile phone handsets and a wallet containing some documents were recovered from their possession.

In the third incident, the Police carried out search operation at Serou quarry area where they arrested two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Bungdon Bingham Ningham (29) and Seltun Thohrin Anal (23), who were collecting 'illegal tax' from trucks at that area. One .32 pistol loaded with one live round and a sum of INR 1100 were recovered from the arrestees.

One arms dealer, identified as Abdul Huissen alias Japan (38) was arrested by Bishnupur District Police commandos, at a mobile vehicle check post at Moirang Lamkhai along Tiddim road in Bishnupur District. One 9 mm pistol along with a magazine was recovered from the arrestee.

January 12

A civilian was killed and three others were injured when unidentified armed men attacked an Imphal-bound convoy of loaded trucks escorted by heavy security personnel at Imphal-Jiribam road in Lukhambi of Noney District. The deceased has been identified as one Dikhonang (25) of Tamenglong while the injured were identified as Thuannilung (31) - a school teacher from Taobam village, Jacky Kahmei (30) of Tamenglong, and Nipen Kalita (24). According to Police, a convoy of over 500 goods-laden trucks was on their way towards Imphal when they were attacked by the unidentified people with sophisticated weapons, killing one civilian and injuring three others at the spot. However, a separate source said that the victims (all civilians) were travelling in a car when the incident happened. The Police report said the injured were rushed to AR Unit Hospital, Noney where they were treated but later sent to Imphal for better treatment. However, Police did not divulge any information on whether they retaliated to the alleged ambush.

A cadre of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Pukhrihongbam Ibomcha was arrested in Imphal in Manipur. A 9 mm pistol and 2 hand grenades were recovered from his possession.

The ZUF categorically clarified that Abel Gangmei (30), who was killed by suspected NSCN-IM militant at Padangpung village in Noney District on January 11 was not related to the outfit and he was a civilian.

The 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi along with a female cadre of the militant group identified as Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26). The Delhi Police recovered 100-150 mobile SIM cards and laptops from the militant leader and his associate. The Delhi Police also disclosed other information related to the militant group after interrogation. DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, "They are involved in large number of cases of terror activities like lobbing of grenades, shoot-outs, killings, planting of bombs, running extortion network by intimidating businessmen and politicians."

January 13

Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as Rishikesh Singh (41), from Sangakpham Bazar area in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles were also recovered from his possession.

Thounaojam Shyamkumar , MLA from INC, denied Delhi Police's charge that he had nexus with the arrested militant leader of the KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup. 'C-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested from New Delhi on January 12.

January 14

The UNC of Manipur opposed the fencing work between India and Myanmar and ''appealed to Nagas'' to jointly oppose it. The fencing work is on at remote Pangsha village in Nagaland's Tuensang District. The NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, ENPO and several other Nagaland based social organization had also opposed the move to fence the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland.

The Government officials said that the UHM Rajnath Singh had sought a report on the ambush of January 12 on NH 37 in Manipur in which one person was killed and three injured.

According to the security sources the militant groups having bases in Myanmar have started using different routes of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter into the North East region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was considered to be the most vulnerable. Sources said that though some militants are still sneaking to the country through Nagaland, most such infiltrations are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh which is considered to be a peaceful state. Security sources said that most such movements were taking place through the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held a high level meeting with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary forces last month to discuss the situation.

January 15

UHM Rajnath Singh, along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, reviewed the prevailing situation in Manipur. The State is reeling under a 75-day long economic blockade on NHs, called by the UNC, which has crippled normal life. Top officials including CoAS General Bipin Rawat, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, and AG Mukul Rohatgi were also present in the meeting. The presence of AG is leading to speculation of the Union Government mulling some legal action. The blockade of the NHs leading to the Manipur valley has been in place since November 1.

January 15

Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL militant, identified as H Priyokumar (45) from Naoremthong Shamushang under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. Police said that the arrested militant was working under the 'deputy finance secretary' of the militant group, Ingba and involved in several extortion cases.

January 16

Police commandos, during combing operations, raided the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul, at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was made.

Police commandos, during combing operations, raided the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul, at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was made.

A court in New Delhi, remanded Inugbamsanatombi Devi, the female associate of 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Lup, to judicial custody until January 31. She was arrested on January 12 along with Khoirom Ranjit, the 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei, who is in Police custody until January 19.

January 18

The 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) will be taken back to Delhi on January 18 (today) for further investigation. Khoirom Ranjit was brought back to Manipur on January 13 after he was arrested by a special cell of Delhi Police from Mayur Vihar area of New Delhi on January 12.

Police arrested three militants, during a series of search operations, from different locations across the State. The arrested militants belonged to UNLF, NSCN-K and NSCN-IM. Besides the militants, 58 other suspected persons were also detained and arms were recovered during the operations. These operations were conducted in Andro Kharam Leikai and Andro Bazar area in Imphal East District, Mahakabui Namching village in Senapati District, Dharmasala in Imphal West District, Kakching town in Kakching District and its surrounding areas, Pallel in Chandel District and Tuismi Bazar areas, and Kwakta in Bishnupur District. This drive was launched in order to foil any unwanted incident ahead of the Republic Day celebration (26th January).

UHM Rajnath Singh and CM of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh met and discussed the situation in Manipur due to the continued blockade of two NHs in the State by UNC. During the meeting, the UHM expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation especially with regard to availability of essential commodities.UHM Rajnath Singh further stated that the ongoing blockade is likely to adversely affect democratic process in the forthcoming elections by hampering movement of people, including election officials.

UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also present.

In a statement, NSCN-IM asserted that the 'historic Framework Agreement' on August 3 of 2015 after 19 years long 'political negotiation' with GoI would be outside the Constitution and Union of India recognizing every aspects of 'Naga's legitimate rights' without compromising the principles.

January 19

A city court in New Delhi extended by five days the Police custody of Khoirom Ranjit, the arrested 'chief' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant, after Delhi Police said he was needed further custodial interrogation.

SFs arrested three arms dealer including two women from two different places of Churachandpur District along with arms. In the first incident SFs arrested two women identified as Esther Haokip and Chongboi Haokip in Churachandpur Town. Five pistols were recovered from their possession. Based on their disclosure, another arms dealer identified as Gumlalmun was also arrested at Loklaiphai village along with one pistol and a magazine.

The militant group, ASUK, in a statement, threatened the 68th Republic Day celebration (26th January) in North East. In the statement, the militant grouped 'banned' the 68th Republic Day celebration in the entire WESEA.

January 20

SFs arrested one militant of UNLF, identified as Thiyam Nungshithoi alias Lokhon alias Buno alias Saphaba Meitei (34) from Keishampat Keisham Leikai in Imphal West District. SFs said that Nungshithoi was a KYKL cadre till 2002 before he joined the UNLF together with six others in 2003.

January 21

SFs arrested four unidentified cadres of NSCN-IM from Khongshang area on Imphal-Jiribam road in Noney District. SFs also recovered 40 gelatine explosive sticks, 58 detonators, 26 metres of cordtex detonating fuse and 18 air guns from the arrested militants.

In a statement, the UNC called a boycott of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations (26th January).

SFs arrested one KCP militant identified as Sanjenbam Chandramani Singh alias Boynao alias Eyamba at Sawombung in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militants.

January 22

Unidentified assailants attacked the 'chairman', Seipu Singsit, of militant group UTLA, at Tollen village in Churachandpur District. The militant leader sustained injuries during the attack. Presently, UTLA is under SoO agreements with Union and State Government.

January 23

SFs arrested two PLA militants, identified as Angom Arunkumar alias Chinglen (62) and Khundrakpam Suresh alias Mocha (47) from Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai and Palace Compound Thangapat Mapal respectively in Imphal East District in two separate incidents. Three mobiles phones were recovered from them. SFs sources said that they were involved in several extortion cases.

Police detained six bailed out militants from different places in Thoubal District. Out of six, four belongs to PLA militant and two belongs to UNLF.

The proposed tripartite talk between Manipur Government, Centre and UNC scheduled on January 23 was postponed indefinitely. Further, Manipur Government had agreed to UNC's demand to shift the venue of the proposed talks from Imphal to New Delhi. UNC had demanded that the venue for the talks should be held in either New Delhi or in 'Naga dominated area'.

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a 'total shut down' in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the 'WESEA' should 'collectively boycott' the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

January 24

Driver of an oil tanker was injured when suspected NSCN-IM militants attacked a convoy of loaded trucks at Awangkhul under Noney Police Station in Noney District. The driver was identified as Elangbam Birjit Singh (38) resident of Wangbal Mayai Leikai of Thoubal District. According to reports, 373 loaded Tata trucks were coming towards Imphal from Jiribam with CRPF escort on account of the ongoing economic blockade.

January 25

SFs arrested one PLA militant, identified as Kh Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong District.

January 26

Two low intensity explosions were triggered at Mantripukhri and Singjamei Chingamakha area in Imphal West District. No casualty due to these explosions was reported. No group has taken responsibility of the blasts so far.

January 27

The State Congress spokesperson Khumukcham Joykishan said that the Manipur Government had given final touches to the proposal of declaring the UNC as an unlawful organisation and it would be forwarded to the Central Government.

January 29

Two workers out of three, who were abducted on January 26, by a group of suspected KNF-N militant, were killed in an alleged gunfight between the militant group and KNA militants at Moulsohoi village under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District. The two deceased workers were identified as Laishram Tompok (27) and Laishram Thoi (22). However, the third abducted worker, identified as Khumujam Bijen (25) was rescued by the villagers. One suspected abductor, identified as Thangminlun Khongsai (25) also got bullet injury in the incident. According to the report, the injured abductor is a member of UTLA and one pistol was recovered from his possession. The three workers were abducted from Maphou dam project in Senapati District on January 26, by four suspected Kuki militants. The abductors were attacked by KNA cadres when they entered the Moulsohoi village, which according to KNA militants 'fall under the jurisdiction' of their designated camp. However, another source said that the abductors were not from any militant group and they were just a gang of criminals.

A bomb was recovered, by SFs, which was planted by unidentified assailant at the residence of a worker at Khabam Bamdiar under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District.

Two UTLA militants identified as Robert Thangboi Kipgen and Thensei Singsit, who were involved in the attack of the 'chairman' of UTLA on January 22, were arrested by Police from K Lhangnom village in Churachandpur District. According to the Police the arrested militants belong to a rival faction of the UTLA.

January 31

SFs arrested two women cadres of the UNLF militant, identified as Huidrom Chingkheinganbi Chanu (22) and Oinam Chanchan alias Jayenti alias Langlen (22) from Laipham Khunou under Heingang Police Station in Imphal West District.

February 1

SFs recovered a bomb from a paddy field at Uyokching in Kakching District.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at Indian Army's 2nd JKLI troopers, who were on ROP duty, injuring a JKLI personnel at Nachou along Tiddim Road under Bishnupur Police Station in Bishnupur District. The injured personnel identified as Mohammad Arshad has been taken to Leimakhong military hospital (Kangpokpi District).

February 2

UNC 'president' Gaidon Kamei and 'publicity secretary' S Stephen was escorted to New Delhi in order to enable them to take part in the tripartite talk scheduled on February 3.

February 3

SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N militant, identified as Thomas Lenminthang Guite (27), near Kopibung area in Senapati District. According to the report the militant was involved in several abduction and extortion cases. Incriminating articles related with the militant group were also recovered from the arrested militant.

The Union Government stated that it had brokered a peace deal between the Manipur Government and UNC and three-month-old economic blockade would be ended by the Naga groups in Manipur very soon. The statement came after the tripartite talks between the UNC, Manipur Government and UHM in the North Block in New Delhi. The UHM said that they had made 'substantial progress', but denied to reveal detail about the meeting.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM, identified as 'chapel' Thijuangpau Panmei, from Tamenglong town (ward no 5 area) in Tamenglong District. SFs later 'handed over' the arrested NSCN-IM militant to Imphal Police Station.

February 4

In some declassified reports of CIA of the United States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July 26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that time. The report said that the Naga militants first established contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.

February 7

SFs arrested two militants of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as Sanjenbam Ningthem Singh (40) and Wankhem Bihari Singh (34), in Kabowakching area of Bishnupur District.

One PLA/ RPF militant, identified as Naorem Indrakumar Meitei (36) arrested by SFs at Thanga Ngaram Machin in Bishnupur District.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in Imphal West District.

The UNC decided to continue their agitation until the State Government withdraws the decision to declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam as full-fledged Districts. The decision was taken in an emergency 'presidential council' meeting of UNC in Senapati District. The meet was held to consider the outcome of the tripartite talk involving Central Government of India, State Government and UNC in New Delhi on February 3. Meanwhile, the Central Government of India expressed its disappointment over the issue. A meeting took place in Imphal where representative from the UHM, State Government and UNC participated. But the outcome of the meeting was quite disappointing for the Central Government. The sources of the Central Government expressing its disappointment said that the Manipur Government was not cooperating and the UNC was taking 'a different stand'.

February 9

Suspected militants belonging to TPLA abducted an auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Robin Thapa (26), at an area between Motbung and Keithelmanbi in Senapati District. According to the sources, the militant group served extortion demands to auto-rickshaw associations operating along the Highway particularly in between Sekmai and Motbung last month (January).

In a press release, the militant group UNLF said that their 'armed wing' the MPA had observed its 30th 'raising day' in different parts of the State and at other places.

February 10

The Chairman of JIC and interlocutor for the Naga peace-talks, Mr R. N. Ravi said that ongoing economic blockade in Manipur may have an impact on the peace-talks. JIC Chairman RN Ravi said, "The Naga issue can't be dealt in political isolation. Naga neighbours are important stakeholders. A durable solution is not possible by disregarding neighbours' sentiment and confrontational attitude towards them." The news report further adds that over the stubborn attitude displayed by the NSCN-IM over Manipur, Mr Ravi had said, "It is bound to impact the tenor and character of further talks with NSCN-IM."Notably, the Manipur based UNC is spearheading the economic blockade in the State for over three months and two rounds of meetings with the stakeholders to resolve the crisis has failed to elicit any result. UNC is protesting against creation of seven new Districts in the State of Manipur.

February 11

The CLP, in a meeting chaired by CM Okram Ibobi Singh, unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central Government of India to declare the UNC as an unlawful organisation for imposing the indefinite economic blockade on the NHs and banning construction and developmental activities of National and State projects.

February 12

A 'leader' of UKLF militant, identified as Thangboi Haokip alias Jacob Thadou was arrested at Imphal Tulihal Airport in Imphal East District after CISF posted at the airport recovered 4 live round of 9 MM pistol with him. The CISF handed him over to the Singjamei Police along with the recovered ammunitions, but he was later released by the Police. UKLF is signatory to SoO agreement with State and Union Government.

Violating the cease fire ground rule with the GoI, the NSCN-IM opened a new 'battalion' called 'Phungtha Battalion' consisting 45 cadres of the group at Kangkum Village in Ukhrul District.

Reacting on the CLP's resolution, for declaring UNC as an unlawful organisation, the UNC asked the Manipur Government why they had participated in the tripartite talk in New Delhi if the UNC was 'unlawful'.

February 13

A Court in New Delhi extended the judicial custody of the 'chief' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant Khoirom Ranjit and his two associates, Inugbam Sanatombi Devi and Pukhrihongbamibomcha Prem Kumar, till February 27.

SFs arrested four unidentified militants of NSCN-IM at Nungba in Tamenglong District. According to the SFs the arrested militants were involved in extortion and other illegal activites.

February 14

Two militants, belonging to UNLF and PLA, were arrested by SFs in two different incidents. In the first incident, SFs arrested an UNLF cadre, identified as 'sergeant major' Thongbram Gyanjit alias Chinglensana (32) from Hatta Golapati area in Imphal West District. After the arrest he revealed that under the instruction of his 'commander' Itomba of UNLF, he came out of his camp in October last year (2016) and stayed in Imphal areas to disturb the forthcoming 11th State Assembly election. In the other incident, one militant of PLA, identified as Yumnam Surendra alias Suren (64), was arrested by SFs from the resident of the militant in Imphal West District. The militant revealed that he was working under the 'captain' Nongpoknganba of PLA and extorted money from contractors and businessmen for the militant group.

Clarifying the stand of the present Union Government towards insurgents groups, the UMHA has indicated to a parliamentary panel that it is open to negotiations with only those militant formations that abjure violence and opt for a solution within the Constitution of India. The Government proposes to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to deal with extremists/separatists of the northeastern region. The parliamentary panel in its report advised that the government should start dialogue with these groups and address sympathetically their grievances within the framework of the Constitution of India with an aim of bringing them into the mainstream. The multi-pronged strategy includes this aspect also.

Currently, the Union government is engaged in peace talks with various insurgent groups of the Northeast and talks are continuing with the ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD, KLNLF- all from Assam, while the NSCN-IM, NSCN-KN and NSCN-R of Nagaland are under ceasefire agreements.

A total of 23 underground outfits of Manipur, consisting two conglomerates - the UPF and KNO are currently under SoO agreement with the Union Government. Three valley-based underground outfits of Manipur - the URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF have signed MoU with the Union Government.The Union Government has informed that pursuant to the policy of talks, various insurgent outfits, including the UPDS, DHD of Assam and ANVC and ANVC-B of Meghalaya have signed memorandum of settlement with the Government and dissolved themselves. As a result, a number of members of insurgent outfits have surrendered after laying down arms and joined the mainstream of society.

February 16

Criticizing the State Government for creating new Districts, NSCN-IM said that the move by the Manipur Government to carve out seven Districts 'out of Naga territories with colonial design' is an 'intrusion' upon the rights of the Nagas. They also supported the economic blockade against the creation of new Districts in the State.

Police arrested two PLA militants, identified as Mohammad Nawaz Khan and Khulakpam Farooque, from Kairam Palli of Keirao Litan Makhong near Trio English School in Imphal East District. Police recovered one .9 mm pistol along with five rounds in the magazine, a Bolero car and incriminating articles from the arrestees.

February 17

SFs recovered a single .32 caliber bullet while checking in Imphal Tulihal Airport from a passenger identified as Awungshi Naomi.

February 19

UHM Rajnath Singh stated that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 would not affect the integrity and territorial boundary of Manipur in any manner. The Framework Agreement does not mention anything about Manipur and the word 'Manipur' cannot be found in any place of the agreement, UHM Rajnath Singh stated. Further, UHM Rajnath Singh said, "The Manipur Government did not send any representative for the first round of tripartite talks to end the economic blockade." Disclosing that the Centre had provided the paramilitary forces as sought by the Manipur Government, he said, "I do not understand why the Centre is blamed for the blockade. India has the federal system of Government and the Constitution clearly says that the Centre cannot intervene on a State subject like law and order."

Court of CJM, Imphal East remanded UNC 'president' Gaidon Kamei and 'information secretary' Shangkhel Stephen to judicial custody till March 3. The two UNC leaders are currently lodged in Manipur Central Jail. The duo will be produced before the Court of CJM Imphal East on February 21 and the High Court of Manipur on February 22.

February 20

The AMSU categorically rejected UMH Rajnath Singh's assurance that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM does not mention anything about Manipur and it would not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. In a statement issued by the AMSU, its 'secretary general' Manjit Sarangthem said, "We would like to see and study the Framework Agreement if it contains anything inimical to the interest of Manipur." AMSU further stated that this verbal assurance given by UHM Rajnath Singh was not enough. Framework Agreement between Union Government and NSCN-IM was signed on August 3, 2015.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh said that he was ready for tripartite talks with the UNC to end the three-month-long economic blockade.

February 21

Two Policemen were injured when suspected ZUF militants attacked the convoy of Deputy CM Gaikhangam as he went visit his Khoupum Tampak residence in Noney District. Militants launched the first attack at around 7.50 am at Lubanglong Khunou (Namkaolong) Part II area along Old Cachar Road in Noney District. Then the militants carried out the second attack on a Police team which came from the direction of Rengpang near Irang River at around 8.30 am. No one was injured in the both the attacks but the Gypsy of the Police team suffered some damages. Later, the militants launched the third attack at Lubanglong Khunou Part II, some distance away from the spot where the first attack was launched, at around 12.30 pm when the Deputy CM was at his residence. One Police personnel identified as Yumnam Jinesh (34) was injured in this attack. After Deputy CM Gaikhangam had left his village for capital Imphal, militants attacked Police forces who were heading for Imphal for the fourth time at around 3 pm along Old Cachar Road near the spot where the first attack was carried out. One Police personnel, identified as Kh Bobo, injured in the attack.

Students and women vendors of Bishnupur District have launched agitations supporting the series of agitation taken up by AMSU demanding a white paper on the Framework Agreement signed between Union Government and NSCN-IM.

Underscoring the essence of ethical and respectable voting, the militant group, KRA, under the umbrella of KNO, called for free, fair and clean election in the ensuing 11th Manipur State Assembly Election, 2017.

February 23

One NSCN-IM militant, 'sergeant' Solomon, was killed, during an encounter, between suspected NSCN-IM cadres and 2/5 GR at Khoupum Chingthak area in Noney District. Two others including one NSCN-IM cadre 'lieutenant' Kahaulun and a woman Ajingna Rongmei (50) were injured during the incident.

Two fratricidal clashes between NSCN-IM and ZUF cadres were reported from Tanripou area of Dialing village in Tamenglong District and Lanjaising area of Noney District. Three unidentified NSCN-IM cadres were injured in the twin clashes. These clashes happened as NSCN-IM cadres were taking their injured fellow cadres to Hospital following the encounter with 2/5 GR.

Governor Dr Najima Heptulla appealed to the UNC leaders and its supporters to lift the indefinite economic blockade taking into consideration the immense hardships faced by the people and in light of the upcoming 11th State Assembly election.

The CorCom, a conglomerate of six Imphal Valley-based militant outfits, announced a total shut down of Manipur over the PM's scheduled visit to the State on February 25. CorCom called for total shut down all over Manipur from 6 am morning of February 25 till the Indian PM leaves Manipur. However, medical services, religious activities, media, water supply, electricity and fire services would not be covered by the total shut down, it added.

February 24

Union MOS Home Kiren Rijiju stated that the rumour that the FA signed between the Union Government and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 may affect the territorial integrity of Manipur is devoid of any basis. Speaking to media persons in Imphal, Rijiju maintained that the Framework Agreement is not a final agreement. A final agreement would be reached only after the dialogue process ends. The political dialogue is not an isolated process. Centre's interlocutor for the political dialogue, RN Ravi has been going to different places and consulting all stake holders. There is not an iota of truth in the assumption that the Framework Agreement may affect the integrity of Manipur. Yet some people have been deliberately trying to misinterpret the FA without having any knowledge about it. The FA is only a half page document and it only acknowledges the uniqueness of Naga history and Naga problems. The half page document merely states the position of the Government of India regarding the Naga issue but the final outcome of the dialogue process would be determined after consulting all stake holders, Rijiju stated.

Citizens' groups reiterated their demand for disclosure of the framework agreement fine print on the eve of Prime Minister's visit to the State on February 25. "We demand details of the framework agreement as the territorial integrity of Manipur is threatened by the Centre and NSCN-IM talks," Johnson Elangbam, the president of the UCM, said at a daylong discussion on the pact. The discussion was organised by the UCM and CCSK.

Police recovered a hand grenade and a bomb from separate places in Manipur, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Northeastern State to address an election rally. The recovery comes even as an apex body of six rebel groups in Manipur has given a call for a "complete shutdown" in the state on February 25 to protest against Modi's visit, saying it was aimed at "hoodwinking the people of Manipur".

February 25

The RPF, political wing of PLA, observed its 38th foundation day. A press release issued by the 'publicity secretary' of the organisation stated that the foundation day was observed at the party's 'General Headquarters', 'council headquarters', 'central bureau' and its various divisions, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3, SR-4, PLA general headquarters, 'tactical command', 'strategic command', '252 mobile battalion' and other PLA units, 'departments', 'stations' where the party's flag was unfurled.

Militant formation, ZUF's 'chairman' Kamson has raised the demand for creation of a common homeland for Zeliangrong people on the occasion of the outfit's 6th raising day. "Our present struggle is not seeking secession from India but we are demanding a common homeland within the Union of India for the fragmented Zeliangrong territory which was divided by the British rulers and continues in independent India," Kamson said.

February 27

Unidentified militants allegedly planted a bomb which later exploded outside the house of two editors located in Imphal. There were no reports of any casualty but a car was damaged. The editors work for a Manipuri daily and a local cable television, Police said.

The MNRF has appealed to all the Nagas of Manipur to stand against the oppression of NSCN-IM and cast their votes for the deserving candidates according to their own will. A press release issued by the 'assistant secretary', 'information and publicity' of the group stated that the Nagas of Manipur have been reeling under the pressure of the NSCN-IM to vote for their favoured candidates.

In a statement, the KSO asserted that the Kuki people must be consulted before a final settlement is worked out to the political dialogue going on between NSCN-IM and the GoI.

February 28

SFs recovered a bomb near the gate of a residential building in Khongman Bashikhong Turel Mapal area in Imphal East District. The bomb was later defused safely by the SFs.

The Central Government of India clarified that it has not signed any final accord with the NSCN-IM though a framework agreement has been sealed. The issue figured at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on UMHA, which was chaired by former Home Minister P Chidambaram. Officials of the Home Ministry, briefing the members of the Committee, gave a broad account of the framework agreement, which has been kept under tight wraps. The 'Framework Agreement' between the Centre and the NSCN-IM was signed on August 3, 2015. Home Ministry officials explained that a final accord has not been signed as the Centre proposed to take along all Naga groups and the concerned State Governments of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

March 2

At least seven people were injured when a powerful IED blast was triggered by two suspected assailants at the residence of K Leishiyo (43) at Langol Laimanai Lanthungching in Imphal West District. The injured persons were identified as Mark Keishing (37), Gideon Keishing (50), Zeneatte Ningshen (30), Samson Maku (55), Fanny Grace (40), Reishang Ningshen (35) and Star Shinglai (30). The owner of the residence is contesting in the ensuing Assembly election from Phungyar Assembly Constituency on NPF ticket. Police suspect the blast is related to the upcoming Assembly elections but could not immediately identify those behind the attack. "We are investigating the case," a Police Officer said.

Manipur CEO Vivek Kumar Dewangan on March 2 announced that altogether 2,228 underground cadres belonging to various militant groups who are under SoO and MoU with the GoI will cast their votes through postal ballot at 14 designated camps across the State.

SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM, identified as Withonbou (28), from Kadi-IV village in Tamenglong District. SFs also recovered NSCN-IM uniform, kit bag and INR 4,800 from the arrested militant.

The CRPF top brass are keeping their fingers crossed hoping that no major ambush is carried out by insurgents on its personnel deployed in the State. Sources within the CRPF have said that the personnel were fighting with their backs to the wall following the UHM refusal to provide them mine-protected vehicles and other enhanced security infrastructure despite intelligence inputs of possible attacks on SFs by insurgent groups. In January, 2017, the CRPF had alerted the UHM on how the "conduct of the Assembly election will be critical and challenging both from the insurgency and law and order point of view", considering the economic blockade on NH 2 and 37 since November 1 against the Okram Ibobi Singh Government's plan to create seven new Districts. "Intelligence input indicates infiltration of insurgent groups from Myanmar and other areas to attack security forces and disrupt the election process. To counter the threat of IEDs from insurgents during the elections, 10 mine-protected vehicles are required in the vulnerable and critical areas," the CRPF had written to the ministry. Besides, CRPF had also asked for 20 bunker vehicles, additional bomb detection and disposal squads and satellite phones.

Kuki Inpi (apex body of Kuki tribe in Manipur) submitted a memorandum to PM Narendra Modi appealing to settle the alleged 'heinous acts' committed by NSCN-IM and also to reveal the contents of the 'Framework Agreement' that was signed between the militant group and GoI.

Four unidentified KNA militants were arrested by AR at Sangaikot in Churachandpur District. AR also recovered two AK-56 rifles, two magazines and 142 bullets, a 9mm pistol along with a magazine, 6 rounds of ammunition and four mobile handsets from the arrested militants.

The High Court of Manipur declared the more than four months old economic blockade of the UNC as illegal.

March 4

The KNO 'leader' Seilen Haokip said that they were seeking settlement within the India Constitution. In this context, the UPF and KNO, umbrella organisations of the armed Kuki Groups observing SoO with the Government, also talked about exercising their adult franchise in the Manipur State Assembly polls 2017.

March 5

The 'general secretary' of UTLA/KNO, identified as Sehjahao Singsit alias Haopu Singsit alias Abunidhar was reportedly killed by the suspected cadres from his own militant group over unknown internal conflict at Songsang area in Thanlon sub-division in Churachandpur District. According to the sources, the UTLA leader's killing may be related to the just concluded Assembly polls as he is believed to have a disagreement on the issue.

Suspected militants abducted two persons and later released after beating them severely in Churachandpur town of Churachandpur District.

March 6

One militant of KNA/ KRA-U, identified as Kamminlun Hmar alias Henry alias Pupu (27) was reportedly killed in a gun battle between a combined team of KRA, KRA-U under KNO and KNF under UPF at Khengjang village in Kangpokpi District. Both the formations are under SoO agreement; KRA-U is under KNO and KNF under UPF.

The UTLA expressed its disappointment over the alleged abduction and threatening of Longpi village chief by NSCN-IM on February 27. The chief of Longpi village, Kailal Gangte Kuki, who is also the chairman of the area's Chief Association, was reportedly abducted by the NSCN-IM on February 27 and later released the next day after threatening him. NSCN-IM threatened him about participating in the Assembly polls to be held on March 8.

According to some unofficial sources, ahead of the second phase Manipur polls scheduled on March 8, NSCN-IM, which is undergoing peace talk with the GoI have served threat to the villagers in Naga inhabited areas in the State to cast vote in favour of their 'sponsored' candidates.

March 7

One AR jawan (trooper) and one poll official were injured when three IEDs exploded at two separate places of Phungyar Assembly Constituency under Kamjong District. The first two IEDs exploded almost simultaneously at a place near Aishi village where an AR jawan identified as R Vasnet injured. The second explosion took place near a polling station located at Ashang Khullen. One unidentified polling official sustained minor splinter injuries in this second explosion.

Unidentified armed assailants abducted four unidentified workers of an independent candidate TS Warngam who is contesting in the second phase of the 11th State Legislative Assembly election from Chandel Assembly Constituency from a place in between Chandel and Chakpikarong in Chandel District.

Due to the UNC-spearheaded economic blockade on Manipur since November 1, 2016, there have been no talks between GoI's Interlocutor for 'Naga Peace Talks' R.N. Ravi and NSCN-IM 'leaders' for over a month. According to the report, both sides used to hold both formal and non formal meetings almost on a regular basis but the UNC's economic blockade appears to have caused some disruption. Ravi was also quoted as saying that the blockade had brought about serious misapprehension between the Nagas and non-Nagas in the Northeast and which would make his task of finding an early amicable solution to Naga issue difficult, added the report.

March 8

At least nine civilians were injured in a powerful IED blast carried out by unidentified militants in front of Vikas Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District. The injured persons were identified as Dilip Kumar (26), Anil Kumar (28), Dinesh Prasad Sahu (40), Meera Roy (50), Dolly Roy (29), Khumanthem Modhubala (34), Yumnam Ibempishak (47), Yumnam Jiten (50) and Sapam Eros (44).

The polling official, identified as H Ramkating, who was injured in an IED blast in Ashang Khullen of Kamjong District on March 7, succumbed to the injuries.

March 9

One IED was exploded by unidentified militants targeting a security convoy at Singjamei Super Market in Imphal West District. The security convoy narrowly escaped and no injury was reported.

Imphal valley based militant group PREPAK, in a statement, claimed responsibility of the IED blast of Vikas Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.

Imphal valley based militant group PREPAK, in a statement, claimed responsibility of the IED blast of Vikas Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.

March 10

One civilian, identified as P Loni (28), was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a polling station at Purul Akutpa area of Senapati District where re-polling was held.

March 14

AR arrested two IS suspects, identified as Nazir Mohammad and Abu Bakir, both are from Tamil Nadu, at a border check post at Khudengthabi along the Trans Asian Highway No 1 in Chandel District. Fourteen SIM cards and some handsets, besides INR 75,130 and a huge amount in foreign currencies were recovered from the arrestees.

March 16

The BJP-led Manipur Government appealed the UNC to immediately lift the indefinite economic blockade in a special meeting convened by CM Nongthombam Biren Singh. However, the UNC rejected the appeal to end the economic blockade of the State. UNC made it clear that the blockade would continue until the Government held talks with it over its demands.

March 17

CM N Biren Singh said that he would apprise the Central Government of India about reports of "unofficial designated camps' of NSCN-IM in the State". He said that a report would be soon compiled about the reported presence of "unofficial designated camps of NSCN-IM and lawlessness prevailing along the Indo-Myanmar border areas." The "official designated camps are the duty of the Government" but the reported "existence of unofficial camps needs to be identified with photographs."

State Government in its first Cabinet meeting in Imphal decided to initiate talks with UNC on March 19 to resolve the economic blockade issue in the State.

March 19

The economic blockade on Manipur Highways by UNC over the creation of new districts in the State came to an end on the 139th day. The UNC agreed to lift the economic blockade after a round of tripartite talk involving both the State Government and the Union Government at Senapati District headquarter. The tripartite meeting was chaired by Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint Secretary (North East in-charge) Satyendra Garg. In response to the decision of the UNC, the State Government agreed to release UNC's 'president' Gaidon Kamei and 'information secretary' Stephen Sangkhel without any condition. All cases related to the economic blockade against them would be closed also. Apart from that, another round of tripartite meeting would be held at the political level within a month over the issue.

March 20

Three senior cadres of NSCN-IM, including one ‘kilonser (minister)’ identified as Tongsim Bengam Anal alias Prem (70) and two ‘deputy Kilonsers’ identified as Tongsin Thumwar (42) and Nula Hrangam Anal (45), were arrested by SFs from a place under Sekmai Police Station in Imphal West District. 

UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and ‘Information and publicity secretary’ SK Stephen were released unconditionally by the court of CJM, Imphal East District. Kamei and Stephen were declared innocent by CJM, Imphal East Aribam Noutuneshwari Devi and acquitted. The court also closed six different cases against the UNC leaders. However, the leadership of UNC is still against the creation of seven new districts. After the release, ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei said that the issue of the districts creation will be brought up during the next round of tripartite talk.

March 22

UNLF claimed responsibility for eliminating Ajay Kumar Shahu, whose lifeless body was recovered from the road connecting Langol Game Village and Lamdeng Khunou in Imphal West District on March 17. In a statement issued to the press, the outfit said that Ajay Kumar Shahu was eliminated, not because he was a non-Manipuri, but for pimping by running a pan dukan (shop) at New Checkon. Detailing, the outfit claimed that Ajay Kumar Shahu used to pimp for commercial sex workers and hence was eliminated for using women as commercial commodities.

One militant of KCP-N, identified as Kshetrimayum Jiten Meitei (44), was arrested by SFs at Kakching Bazar in Kakching District. One Chinese grenade and one pressure bomb were recovered from the arrested militant.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the Northeastern States of India and directed officials to enhance vigil along the international borders in the region. During the hour long meeting, the Home Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in the Northeast, especially militancy in the region. Singh was also told about the steps taken to ensure peace, especially in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the four states considered to be affected by insurgency, official sources added.

The MoS for Home Affairs clarified that surrendered militants without any criminal cases pending against them can contest in elections. Kiren Rijiju on the issue further informed that at least 15,314 militants have surrendered under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for the northeastern region. Altogether, 235 individuals are still undergoing rehabilitation under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme as of financial year 2016-17.

March 24

Following the sensational declaration on territorial integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast on March 21 by ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah of NSCN-IM, confusion and anxiety raised among the masses in the State. Referring the statement on the Framework Agreement, the Manipur Congress demanded an unambiguous clarification from the Central Government India as well as the State Government. 

March 25

Claiming that the MLA from Jiribam assembly constituency, Ashab Uddin, is a ‘non-indigenous person’ of Manipur, the DESAM announced a 17-hour Manipur bandh (shutdown).

March 26

Reacting on the claim of greater Nagalim by the ‘general secretary’ of NSCN-IM, Th Muivah, the CM of the State, Nongthombam Biren Singh said that the territorial integrity of Manipur will be protected at any cost.

The 17-hour State wide strike called by DESAM to protest the induction of independent MLA, Ashab Uddin, as parliamentary secretary partially affected normal life in the State capital.

The PREPAK militant, celebrated their ‘37th Red Army Raising Day’ at different undisclosed places with different communities. The militant group announced about their celebration in a press release to media houses.

March 27

SFs recovered an IED, planted on the Ukhrul-Imphal road near the abandoned cement factory, at Hundung in Ukhrul District. 

SFs arrested one arms smuggler, identified as Mohammad Najir Ali (37), from Arapti Bridge under Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District. One 9 mm pistol was also recovered from the arrestee.

After the new initiative of CM Nongthombam Biren Singh, who invited the JAC-AATB to a meeting, the Joint Action Committee continued its series of consultations with various sections of the tribal society. Earlier, on March 24, the JAC-AATB said that they were not in a position to attend a meeting arranged by the Manipur CM over the current agitation in the hills, saying they were in the process of holding a series of consultations with various sections of tribal society.

March 28

Deputy CM of the State, Yumnam Joykumar Singh appealed to the people not to speculate "too much" on the contents of the framework agreement signed between the Centre and the NSCN-IM.

March 29

An IED went off near a temple in Moreh town in Tegnoupal District. No one was injured, the Police said. According to Police, the explosive went off near a Shiv temple, considered the second largest temple in Northeast India.

Another IED exploded close to the residential gate of a former MLA, Bijoy Koijam in Thongju area under Singjamei Police Station of Imphal West District. However, no one was injured in the blast.

March 30

A woman sympathizer of the KCP-MJC militant, identified as Vahey Kipgen (30), was arrested along with extortion letters near Hotel Imphal in Imphal East District.

MCPM, in a press release, retracted its earlier ‘ban’ on Hijam Irabot Memorial Public School based in Langjing (Imphal West District) in connection with ‘commercializing educational institution’. A statement released by the outfit on March 26, 2017 said that the school had agreed not to ‘commercialize educational institution’. The outfit will not remain a mute spectator if such kind of activity is done in future, the statement added. MCPM also appeals to the people to report such type of ‘misdeed’ by educational institutions.

April 2

Imphal West District Police Commandos arrested one ‘active worker’ of PREPAK-Pro, Geeta Sharma (39), from a rented house at Majorkhul under Imphal City Police Station in Imphal West District.

Imphal West District Police Commando arrested one ‘active worker’ of PLA from Thangmeiband Lourungpurel Leikai under Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District. He also revealed that he was instructed to extort money from Government offices including Electricity Department, NIT, MANIDCO, Cooperative, Registrar, Science and Technology etc.

Police arrested a KRA-U militant, Chongtham Ibomcha Singh (43), during an operation at Taothong Ayungba Maning Leikai under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal West District. The arrested militant had abducted Soibam Dhanabir Singh (70), the proprietor of SDS Brick Field of Lamdeng Khunou on February 16 2017 and demanded Rs two crore for his safe released. Later, the proprietor was rescued by the Police on February 23 from Samurou area of Imphal West District but the abductors managed to escape.

In a fresh attempt to nudge Myanmar to launch a flush out operation against the militants of the Northeast, India reduced the allotment to its Aid to Myanmar programme significantly and allocated INR 225 crore only this Year (2017-18). In the previous year, (i.e. in 2016-17) India sanctioned INR 400 crore to Myanmar but the indifferent attitude of Myanmar over the issue of Northeastern militant groups disappointed India and this time India has clearly shown its displeasure over the issue, claims the report.

April 3

In a statement, CorCom, the conglomerate of several militant groups of the State threatened one lady named Konsam Ongbi Sanahanbi from Kwakeithel Akham Leikai of Imphal West District to appear before them by April 30. The militant group alleged that the lady has collected a huge amount of money in the name of the militant group.

Police carried out a cordon and search operation at Dewlaland near Inter-State Bus Terminus in Imphal West District and detained one suspected person who failed to verify his identity.

State Home Department wrote to the Union Ministry of External Affairs about the recent encroachment into Indian Territory (Holenphai village of Tengnoupal District) by Myanmar army and to intervene and take necessary steps to stop cross border activities. According to the report Myanmar Army intruded into Holenphai village on March 4 last and vandalized a saw mill. Manipur based NGOs who conducted spot visits at the border village after the recent incidents alleged that the Myanmar Army was continuing its activities on the Indian side.

The militant group, ZUF, said that it is ready to hold talks with the Central Government of India if it recognizes the demand for bringing together the Zeliangrong community. The new ‘chairman’ of the militant group, Jenchui Kamei said, "The Zeliangrong United Front is ready for talks with the Government of India provided it recognizes the demand for bringing together the Zeliangrong community scattered across the Northeastern States under a single administrative unit." The militant group with around 300 cadres mainly operates in Tamenglong District of Manipur and SFs reckon it as a force.

April 4

SFs arrested a ZUF militant, identified as Johnson Kamei (33), at Langol Games Village in Imphal West District. According to the SFs, the arrested militant was involved in several extortion cases.

April 5

The ‘president’ of the UKLA, identified as Thangkhosei Guite alias James alias Seiboy alias Max (33), was arrested along with two other militants, identified as Seigoulen Doungel alias Gogou alias Kenny Gou (31) and Lenkhomang Kipgen alias Mamang (29), from Hotel Serena in Senapati District. Many incriminating articles were also recovered from the possession of the arrestees. The ‘president’ Thangkhosei Guite was involved in many cases of abduction and other criminal activities. Earlier, in a notification issued by Manipur Police on January 30 this year (2017) announced a cash reward of INR 100,000 each to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest of Thangkhosei Guite and his cadre James alias Henkholun Kipgen (36).

One militant of KRA-U, identified as Ningthoujam Ojit (40), was arrested by the Police from Tera Lukram Leirak in Imphal West District. According to the Police, the arrested militant was involved in the abduction of a brick field owner. 

A woman, identified as Naorem Lukamani Devi, who was declared an absconder by Special Court, NIA Guwahati on March 28 last year (2016) was arrested by the investigation agency from Takyel Khongbal Mayai Leikai in Imphal West District. The husband of the arrested woman, Priyokumar alias Kesho Meitei, is the ‘c-in-c’ of the KCP-MTF, who was arrested by NIA from Siliguri in West Bengal in June, 2012.

Authoritative security sources in the Union Home Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant groups of North East to launch a proxy war against India. The source further claimed that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on March 28, against the visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated by China. Also, asserting that China was not interested in organizational strength of ULFA-I, the security sources said that China intends to intensify its proxy war against India in the North East through the separatist groups.

April 7

The first round of talk between Churachandpur-based JACAATB and Manipur Government was held with CM Nongthombam Biren Singh in the chair at the latter’s Secretariat in Imphal. In the talk, the CM expressed his desire to let the families perform the last rites of the victims considering their mental trauma, official sources said. He also said any crisis or problem can be resolved through talks. Reiterating that without hills and tribals there is no Manipur he thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the government for talks. The JACAATB submitted a charter of demands to the Government. Both sides agreed to have the next round of talk on April 10.

April 8

Four women and a class 10 boy were arrested by the 34 AR from an Imphal bound-passenger bus at Karong on the Imphal-Dimapur road in Senapati District. Police sources informed that one of the arrested women is reported to be the wife of the NSCN-K’s ‘western military supervisor’, ‘Lieutenant General’ Nikki Sumi, and the boy his son. The five were arrested by the 34 AR while travelling from Dimapur to Imphal in the passenger bus, the Police said, adding that INR 1, 85 million in cash was also seized from their possession.

April 9

SFs recovered an IED under a culvert near Nungshang Bridge along Imphal-Ukhrul road in Ukhrul District.

SFs, during a cordon and search operation, arrested RPF/PLA militants from around Kangu Chingjin area under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. The arrested militants were identified as Mutum Dolen alias Melei and Laitonjam Dinesh. They revealed that they were working under the command of ‘finance secretary’ of Imphal East RPF/PLA named Sanatomba.

RPF claimed that Nongmaithem Leisemba alias Chitesor, Meisnam Inaobi and his brother Meisnam Inaocha of Kwakeithel Nganappithong who were arrested by Imphal West Police commandos on April 8, have no connection with the organisation.

The militant group, KRA-U under the umbrella of UPF, an entity of tripartite talks with the State Government and Central Government India clarified that it was 'not involved in any way' in the abduction of SDS brick field owner named Soibam Dhanabir Singh.

April 10

Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar border saw an increase compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border in the last three years. According to the report, during the period from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar border increased alarmingly in view of insurgents groups shifting their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and China. According to the Minister, during this period, 10 encounters took place in three North Eastern States - Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Even though no casualties were reported in these encounters, a total of 11 suspected rebels were arrested. In Assam along the Indo-Bangla border, three encounters were reported and four militants arrested in 2015. No such incident was however reported in Assam along the Indo-Bangla border in 2016-17. On the other hand, the Indo-Myanmar border has been witnessing steady rise in insurgent activities during the period with as many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. While 18 security personnel lost their lives, 32 insurgents were killed in these encounters. A total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in the four States during this period. Among the four Northeastern States sharing Myanmar border, maximum number of encounters took place in Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 81 encounters were reported in that State where three security personnel and 13 militants were killed. During this period, 114 suspected insurgents were arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar. Union Minister Ahir said the Central Government of India in tandem with Northeastern State Governments has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration. This includes strengthening of border management, multi-tiered deployment along the international border and Line of Control, synergizing intelligence flow to check infiltration and pro-active action against terrorists.

April 11

One militant of KYKL, identified as 'captain' Khwairakpam Ibungo alias Jiten, was arrested by SFs at Keirao Awang Leikai under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District.

April 12

The Central Government of India moved the SC, against its verdict by which protection to armed forces under the AFSPA for anti-militancy operation in Manipur has been negated. Centre is seeking hearing on its curative plea against the verdict. The SC had delivered a verdict on July 8 last year (2016) giving the State Police liberty to probe the role of armed forces in alleged encounter cases in areas where AFSPA is in force. A Bench comprising Chief Justice JS Hear and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul agreed to hear the curative plea in which it has been alleged that the army and paramilitary forces are combat forces and there should not be this kind of fetter on them in anti-militancy operations. The apex court verdict on investigating the role of armed forces in encounter cases had come on a plea alleging that armed forces were misusing the protection under AFSPA in Manipur during anti-militancy operation. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said the apex court verdict gave the powers to the State Police to probe the role of armed forces in anti-militancy operation. "This court ought to have appreciated that the principles of right to self-defence cannot be strictly applied while dealing with militants and terrorist elements in a hostile and unstable terrain. "This court ought to have taken into account the complexity and the reality of the conduct of military operations and tactics especially while combating terrorists," the curative plea said.

April 13

Two militants of PREPAK-Pro, identified as 'sergeant major (finance section)' Salam Sitoljit alias Seven Kumar alias Seven Star (28) and 'colonel (civil section)' Pebam Bishorjit alias Tomcha (24), surrendered before CM N Biren Singh in a solemn surrender programme held at the CM's Secretariat in Imphal.

April 15 SFs arrested two arms dealers, identified as Suankhan Khual (47) and Dalkhan Lian (38), at Bungmol village in Chandel District. One M-16 assault rifle, one M-16 magazines, two mobile phones with two Airtel SIM cards and INR 10,300 were also recovered from the arrestees. The two arrestees revealed that they were involved in smuggling of arms to various militant groups of the State.
April 16 Two abducted persons, identified as Deputy Ranger of Forest Department Angam Leivon and another one as Lalal Sitlhou, were released by the abductors in Kangpokpi District. Angam Leivon was abducted on April 12 and Lalal Sitlhou was abducted on April 14 by some unidentified abductors.
April 18 Unidentified militants attacked a convoy of 47 oil tankers and LPG bullet tankers escorted by a team of CRPF in a place between Kangpokpi and Changoubung. Two oil tankers were damaged in the attack. Subsequent upon the attack, oil tanker drivers have launched a cease work strike.
April 20

Two militants of KCP -Tamnganba, identified as Taorem Jamesh Khuman alias Nongdamba (24) and Thounaojam Surjit alias Mamo (34), were arrested by SFs at Wangjing near Canteen Lampak under Thoubal Police Station in Thoubal District. One 9 mm pistol with four live rounds of bullets, four mobile phones and a wallet containing INR 1570 were also recovered from the arrested militants.

The Supreme Court asked the Union Government and State Government to suggest five names each of officials, ex-officials whom they deem fit are suitable for SIT to be constituted to investigate into the killings in which judicial inquiries have been conducted. The Supreme Court was said that operations against militants or insurgents may be affected if FIRs are lodged against the Army. The Army also told the apex Court that it cannot be subjected to FIRs for carrying out anti-militancy operations in insurgency-prone areas like Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, while alleging local bias in the judicial inquiries conducted against it in these regions, which have tarnished its image.

Police arrested four militants of KRA, identified as 'sergeant major' Demminthang Haokip (38), 'lance corporal' Sagoulal Baite (30), Hengoulen Haokip alias Haosapa alias Yago (18) and Thanglanmoi Chongloi alias Calvin (30), from Kangpokpi District. According to the Police these four militants were involved in the incident of firing at oil tankers on April 18 at S Golai located between Kangpokpi and Changoubung along NH-2. Five mobile handsets and nine SIM cards were also recovered from the arrested militants.

April 22

The annual report of the UMHA for 2016-17 revealed that the security situation in the Northeast had "improved substantially" during the previous year where insurgency-related incidents decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015. "The security situation in the northeastern states, which has remained complex for quite some time because of diverse demands of ethnic groups and various militant outfits, improved substantially in 2016.

The number of insurgency-related incidents in the region decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015," the report said. In 2015, while there were 574 insurgency-related incidents, the corresponding figure in 2016 was 484. The report also said 2016 witnessed the "lowest number" of insurgency incidents since 1997. While casualties among SFs in the region declined from 46 (2015) to 17 (2016), civilian casualties declined in all states except Assam where it increased from 9 in 2015 to 29 in 2016. The report noted that while Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura had no insurgency-related violence in 2016, there was considerable decline in incidents in Meghalaya (44 per cent) and Nagaland (43 per cent) compared to 2015. In 2016, Manipur accounted for about 48 per cent of total violent incidents in the region and Arunachal Pradesh experienced an increase in violent activities by 38 per cent, primarily on account of violence by the NSCN-K, the report stated. In Assam, insurgency-related violence continued to decline and 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency incidents since 1997, it added. In 2016, Meghalaya witnessed a 44 per cent decline in the number of violent incidents. While there were 123 incidents in 2015, the figure declined to 68 in 2016.

The report stated that the number of civilian casualties decreased by 33 per cent compared to 2015. Further, while 25 militants were killed in 2015, the figure came down to 15 in 2016. Similarly, only 59 militants were arrested in 2016 compared to 121 in 2015. However, there was no casualty on the part of security personnel in 2016.

April 24

Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade at the residence of Chongeiliu Kabuini (52), the 'pradhan (village headman)' of Konthoujam Gram Panchayat at Konthoujam Mamang Kabui in Imphal West District. No one was injured in the bomb attack. However, parts of the residential gate were damaged in the explosion.

In a press release, the 'chairman' N Oken of the KYKL militant, greeted the people of 'WESEA' on the eve of its 23rd 'raising day' (on April 25) and criticised the Hindutva idea. It also mentioned about the problem of identity crisis of the different ethnic groups of the area.

Police arrested one KRA-U militant, identified as Laishram Amujao alias Sunil (38), in Imphal West District. One 9mm pistol, one magazine and two live rounds were recovered from the militant. According to the Police, the militant was involved in the kidnapping of Soibam Dhanabir Singh, a brick field owner, on February 16.

One militant of ZUF, identified as Th Adum alias AD Thaison alias Pantigai was arrested by SFs from an undisclosed location. A Beretta .32 pistol and five live rounds were recovered from the militant.

April 25

The militant group PREPAK celebrated its fourth 'Indian Colonialism Resist Day' and the KYKL militant observed its '23rd raising day' in some undisclosed locations.

April 26

Police and BSF recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation on the road between Nongpok Sekmai and Heirok villages in Thoubal District. The recovered arms and ammunitions include five live lathode shells, 28 live rounds of 7.62 mm caliber, five live rounds of .38 mm caliber, and one live round of 5.56 mm caliber, one USA made pistol, five pieces of safety fuse and 35 detonators.

In a press release, issued by the outfit's 'information and publicity secretary' H Kamson said that ZUF 'chairman' Jenchui Kamei and 'finance secretary' Benjamin alias Gaichampou Pamei were 'expelled from the party for their anti-party activities' in accordance to a decision of the party's 'central executive council' adopted on April 5 this year (2017).

April 27

SFs recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunitions from a locked granary, owned by Suantak Lamthianlal Vaiphei (37), at Heiroklen near Andro in Kangpokpi District. The arms and ammunition includes two AK-47 assault rifles, one MA-3 assault rifle aka A-1, one pistol, seven magazines, three camouflage pouches and 215 rounds of ammunition. SFs also arrested the owner of the granary Suantak Lamthianlal Vaiphei (37) in this connection.

A combined team of Police and AR arrested two KNA militants, identified as Thoilen Vaiphei (32) and Lelin Vaiphei (30), during an operation conducted at Kamu Tamnong village of Senapati District. Three AK rifles and 500 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from their possession.

April 29

Unidentified militants, in an ambush, killed two locals engaged for transporting water by the BRO, identified as Lallianmang (40) and Ginlam Khaute, (50), at a place near Behiang in Churachandpur District along the Indo-Myanmar border. A heavily armed militant group reportedly waylaid the water tanker in with IEDs, and fired a volley of bullets on them at around 7.50 am, local sources said. The tanker was meant for transporting water meant for the Indian army posted at the border village.

April 30

Unidentified militants triggered a low intensity IED near the temporary BSF post at Nongren Chenjel under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. No one was injured in the blast.

Suspected militants attacked a convoy of oil tankers moving from Dimapur to Imphal along the Manipur section of National Highway near Kangpokpi town in Kangpokpi District. Three oil tankers were hit by bullets in the attack and two drivers, identified as Raju Karki (34) and Tulsi Poudial (36), sustained injuries in the attack. This is the second attack on oil tankers convoy after the April 18 attack in this month (April, 2017).

May 3

An unidentified truck driver and his helper were abducted and latter released by suspected KNF-P militants at some undisclosed location somewhere in between Keithelmanbi of Imphal West District and Sapermeina of Senapati District.

SFs arrested another militant belonging to PREPAK-Pro, identified as Kangabam Nanao Meitei alias Khalemba (22), from Phubala Bazar in Bishnupur District. One 9mm pistol with magazine loaded with two live rounds was also recovered from his possession.

May 4

One militant of KCP-P, identified as Oinam Manitomba Singh alias Thoiba (37), was arrested by the SFs at Heingang Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District.

May 5

Two suspected militants of Kuki militant group, identified as Satkholhun Haokip (35) and Ngamlet Haokip (41), were killed by suspected rival faction near Boljang village in Kangpokpi District. Earlier, on the same day (May 5) three persons, including these two were abducted by the suspected rival faction. The third one is still missing and he was identified as Jangkholun. The Police have not confirmed the name of the involved militant groups so far.

May 6

A firing incident between the troopers of AR and militants from suspected TPLA occurred in Kangpokpi District. However, no casualty from either side was reported so far.

May 7

The KNO/ KRA alleged that the KNF-P was responsible for the killing of their two cadres on May 5 near Boljang village in Kangpokpi District and asked KNF-P to clarify why the two cadres were killed. Earlier, the involvement of the militant groups for the killing incident was not clear.

May 8

Two personnel of the 165th Territorial Army Battalion, identified as Arjun Baral and Vareisho Hungyo, were killed and another two sustain serious injury after suspected MPA [armed wing of UNLF] triggered an IED at Lokchoa area in Tengnoupal District. The injured personnel were identified as Toijam Chandra and Y Govind.

A brief gun fight broke out between SFs and suspected cadres of the ZUF at Chingkhonglung under Tousem Police Station in Tamenglong District. However no casualty from either side has been reported so far.

May 9

In a statement, the militant group, KNF-P, responded to the allegation of killing of two militants from KRA and said that they killed the two militants on May 5 because 'they had become inimical' to their organisation. Further, the militant group claimed that their organization's name is KNF, but not KNF-P.

CM N. Biren Singh vowed to hunt down the militants who ambushed and killed two soldiers on May 8 in an area bordering Myanmar. Further, Singh also stated that with a view to enable prompt response to any law and order problem, an operational unit comprising of representatives of all security agencies would be opened within a week.

May 10

The State Government signed a MoU with the JACAATB in Churachandpur District. CM N Biren Singh also said that his Government would fulfill the promises of MoU by May 25. After the MoU, the families will be able to arrange proper burial of the eight persons, who were killed during the agitation. The bodies of the eight men, killed in Police firing during a protest in 2015 against three anti-migrant Bills introduced by the State Government, have been lying in the morgue for over 600 days. Violent protests broke out in Churachandpur District when the Assembly passed three bills - Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bills on August 31, 2015. According to the MoU, officials said, the government has agreed to compensate the families of those who died in the protests on August 31, 2015 set up a memorial in Churachandpur town take in to account tribal opinion in all future action and, investigate the deaths of the protesters. Further it added that the government "shall extend all possible help and cooperation in the tripartite talks with SoO groups (insurgent groups who have a suspension of operation agreement with the Centre) where various other issues and interests of indigenous tribal people of Manipur will be protected".

May 11

UNLF claimed that it was their 'armed wing' MPA which attacked troops of 165 Battalion Territorial Army at Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway in Tegnoupal District on May 8 which killed two TA personnel. A press release issued by the outfit's 'department of publicity' 'director' M Sakhen said that the attack was a part of the UNLF's continuous liberation movement. Informing that the attack was carried out by a small team of MPA, the outfit conveyed regret for the Manipuri natives who were killed and injured in the attack.

May 14

A Supreme Court lawyer appearing for a 21-year-old man who was allegedly murdered by Manipur CM N. Biren Singh's son has written a letter to the Union home secretary alleging that he received a message from militant groups asking him to drop the case. In March 2011, Biren Singh's son, N. Ajay, was accused of shooting Irom Roger after an altercation on Holi festival near Imphal's Tulihal airport. The lawyer alleged that he was threatened by a person who claimed to be connected with PLA and NSCN-IM.

May 15

One unidentified passenger of an Indigo flight bound for Guwahati from Imphal Tulihal Airport was detained by the SFs for carrying a bullet of 9 mm caliber inside his luggage.

The UMHA communicated to the UNC and declared that the tripartite talk involving the UNC, State Government of Manipur and Central Government of India will be held on May 19 at Senapati Town on the District creation issue.

In connection with the different cases taken up against KCP-Poirei Meitei by NIA for extortion, bomb attack, abduction for ransom and others, the investigation agency interrogated a former Director of JNIMS and a reporter of an evening newspaper (Kangleipakki Meira).

May 16

Altogether five militants belonging to different militant groups were arrested by Police in three separate operations. In the first incident, one militant of KCP-MC (Progressive), identified as Okram Ojit alias Naobi (21) was arrested during a search operation, near Sawombung oil pump in Imphal East District. Acting on the disclosure of the arrested militant, two other cadres of the same militant group, identified as Asem Romen alias Uttam alias Rame (33) and his wife Salam Ayingbi (30) were also arrested from their residence at Wairi Bamon Pareng in Kakching District. One 9 mm pistol with two live rounds, four extortion notes and two mobile phones with SIM cards were recovered from their possession.

In another operation, a PREPAK cadre, identified as Mayengbam Sanathoi alias Leiramba (21) was arrested by Police from Keirao bridge in Imphal East District.

Further, Police arrested one MNRF militant identified as Khuishang Hungyo (29) from Nagaram in Imphal West District.

A team of the NIA visited the residence of the arrested 'c-in-c' of the proscribed KCP-Poirei Meitei, Khoirom Ranjit at Yairipok Laimanai, Thoubal District as part of the ongoing investigation into different cases registered against the 'c-in-c' and the militant group.

Reviewing the security situation in the Northeast with chief secretaries and DGPs of the region in New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh described religious radicalisation as a serious security threat and said if not checked in time; it could lead to terrorism. He also expressed concern over the proliferation of illegal arms in the region and asked the Police chiefs to launch organised campaigns against arms smugglers.

States in the Northeast have asked the UMHA to step up the presence of central intelligence and security forces in five contiguous Districts in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland adjoining Myanmar. These Districts, they said, have emerged as the hub of the last remaining militants in the region. "We have apprised the home minister of the security situation in the northeast and informed him that all militant activities are being controlled from Arunachal's Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, and Nagaland's Mon and Tuensang Districts," said a top security official who participated in the northeast security review meeting by Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. "We requested him to increase the presence of central intelligence agencies and security forces in these districts," the official added. According to the UMHA report at the review meeting, the security situation in Arunachal Pradesh (the three districts) and Manipur remains a subject of concern, though relatively less than it has been in the past. These five districts also border as many Districts of Assam on the other side, including Tinsukia District, where the ULFA-I is active and has been carrying out strikes jointly with Meitei outfits of Manipur. "The biggest advantage of these five districts is their proximity to the NSCN-K-controlled areas of Myanmar and their highly difficult terrain, which makes patrolling a difficult task for security agencies," the official said.

The North Eastern States which share international borders with Myanmar have collectively urged the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to take up the controversies surrounding the international boundary with the Ministry of External Affairs for early resolution. The North Eastern States raised the issue during a convention of Chief Secretaries and DGPs with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Officials who attended the meeting also mentioned about intrusion into Haollenphai of Manipur and confiscation of saw mill components by Myanmarese Army.

SFs arrested one militant of KCP-MC, identified as Ningombam Birjit Singh alias Ibungo (44), from Chingmeirong in Imphal West District. According to the SFs he was involved in several extortion cases.

May 17

An IED planted by unknown person exploded near Galngam Lentol ground in Moreh Town of Tengnoupal District along the Indo-Myanmar border. However, there was no casualty in the blast.

In a statement, the JAC-AATB emphasised their demand for the provision of Sixth Schedule in the Hill Districts of the State. By the statement, the organisation reacted against the statement of the UCM where they said that the "implementation of Sixth Schedule would result in the disintegration of the State". The JAC-AATB said that implementation of Sixth Schedule provisions in the Hill Districts of the State is the 'minimum point of convergence of both tribal and Meitei interests'.

The NIA recorded the statement of three prosecution witnesses including two women and a restaurant owner as a follow-up investigation of the different cases taken up against the arrested 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Khoirom Ranjit for extortion, bomb attack, kidnapping for ransom and others.

May 18

A hand grenade, lobbed by some unidentified assailants, exploded at the residential gate of one Wahengbam Gopal (56) of Chingamakha Liwa Lambi of Ningthoujam Leikai under Singjamei Police station in Imphal West District. However, there is no report of any casualty.

KNF-N observed its 'raising day' in Kangpokpi District. On the occasion, the militant's 'information and publicity secretary' Gogou Vaiphei said that the 'vision' of the group was creating a State within the framework of the Constitution of India.

CM N Biren Singh who met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding different issues of the State, reminded him that PM Narendra Modi had agreed in principle to the request of the State Government to set up five new IRB battalions and urged him to take the matter up for discussion at the Union Cabinet meeting. The five IRB battalions are to be primarily used for providing security on the NHs which connect the State with the rest of the country.

During a security operation, Police arrested one unidentified militant of NSCN-IM from Imphal East District.

May 19

Four Imphal East District Police commando personnel including a Sub-Inspector were wounded when unidentified militants triggered a powerful IED on a Road Opening Party team along Khudengthabi-Kwatha road under Moreh Police Station in Tengnoupal District. The injured commando personnel were identified as Sub-Inspector Lalmin- thang Hmangte (33), Constable Ak Martinstar, Sarungbam Gaurahari (28) and Naorem Biswanath (31).

The second round of tripartite talks between GoI, Manipur Government and UNC was held at Senapati District. Besides deliberating on several issues, the tripartite meeting also came out with a four-point agreement primarily focussed on UNC's core demand- to roll back the decision of creation of seven new districts. In the meeting, the UNC demanded from the State Government of Manipur representatives to put "in abeyance" the new district creation order.

May 20

Two bombs were exploded by unidentified militants in Moreh Town of Tengnoupal District. The first blast took place at the perimeter wall of the Police Station in the town and the second blast was reported from Gamnom Veng area of the town. However, no casualty was reported.

 

 

 

 

 
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