Manipur Timeline - Year 2016
| January 1
Based on specific intelligence
regarding movement of an UG cadre, troops of 45 AR of 9 Sector
AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Heingang
Police launched a joint operation at Koirengei and arrested one
UNLF cadre, identified as No 1983, Self-Styled 'Sergeant' Thoibi
alias Leiksingba (24) of Yumnam Patlou in Imphal East District.
One 9 mm pistol along with magazine and three live rounds was
recovered from his possession. The arrestee along with the recovered
item has been handed over to Heingang Police station.
The Mizoram and Manipur governments will implement
the NFSA from February, 2016. "Arrangements for making available
rice to those excluded from the scheme will be made through the
PDS," Mizoram's Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister
John Rotluangliana said in Aizawl. He said 706,296 people out
of around 11 lakh population will be provided rice at subsidised
rate under NFSA while the remaining households can buy eight kg
rice per month at INR 15 per kilogram. Similarly, in Imphal, an
official of Manipur's food and civil supplies department said,
"Work on computerization of data and digitization of ration cards
are in advanced stage for the implementation of the food security
Security was stepped up at Army and air force
installations located in the northeastern region in the wake of
the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot in Punjab.
The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan
and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor towards
north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states in
the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said that forces guarding
defence installations in the northeast are already on a high alert
as the region is an insurgency-affected area and shares borders
with four countries. Security was also beefed up at LGBI airport
in Guwahati as it is located adjacent to the Borjhar air base.
Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said that along
with other SFs in Assam and the entire region, are deployed on
a counter-insurgency/terrorism grid and are always on a high alert.
"We are always prepared to effectively contain any such untoward
incident," he said.
A lethod shell was found at the main entrance
gate of Elite Senior Secondary School in Imphal, which is also
the entry gate of JNIMS director Laishram Deben and his wife L
Sumitra Devi, who is the chairperson of the school. A Police team
retrieved the shell safely. MCP-M reportedly claimed responsibility
of depositing the shell. They claimed that the bomb threat was
a warning to the JNIMS director Laishram Deben over his failure
to run the hospital.
A team of District Police commando arrested one
active cadre of PREPAK while conducting search operation in some
suspected houses at Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East District. The
arrested cadre has been identified as Kshetrimayum Dhanajit Singh
alias Imoro alias Herojit (49) of Singjamei Wangma
Kshetri Leikai. One HE hand grenade (No 36) along with a detonator
was seized from his possession.
AR troops launched an operation in Grihang and
Kamjong in Ukhrul District and killed two underground cadres of
an unknown group. One AK-56 rifle along with magazine, twelve
live rounds of 7.62 mm and five fired cases of 7.62 mm have been
recovered from the spot. The bodies of the two slain militants
along with the recovered weapons have been handed over to Chassad
Police Station in the District.
A joint team of AR and Bihar Regiment launched
a joint operation in Bunghal Khullen area of Thoubal District
in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition. During the search
operation, the team recovered one AK-56 rifle and two magazines
along with 60 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Further search
along with Thoubal Commandos led to recovery of 54 live rounds
of 7.62mm, 47 live rounds of 7.62mm sniper rifle, one magazine
of 7.62mm AK-56 Rifle, one magazine of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle and
five live rounds of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle. Search of the living
room of one Lelen Kipgen, who was missing, resulted in recovery
of one seal of KNF-N, demand letter and documents pertaining to
A team of District Police commando conducted frisking
and checking in front of City Hospital in Dewlahland in Imphal
West District and arrested an active member of PLA/RPF identified
as Laishram Lakpati alias Johnson (44) of Khongman Zone
III in Mayai Leikai. On his disclosure, another cadre of the same
organisation identified as Wangkheimayum Bobby Singh alias
Imobi alias Lamjing alias Boy alias Sarat
(38) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak Ayangpali Road was also arrested
from Khoyathong Senapati bus parking on the same day. Investigation
revealed that they were involved in extortion from different Government
departments. Investigation also revealed that W Bobby Singh had
also made monetary demands in the name of CorCom in some Government
offices. Incriminating articles were seized from their possession.
JNIMS Professor Dr Chanam Manglem was attacked
by some unidentified assailants by hurling a hand grenade at his
Khongman Zone-II (East) residence in Imphal East District on January
7. The grenade exploded inside the residential gate of Dr Manglem
and the explosion damaged some portions of the gate and the house.
Taking strong exception to the grenade attack, local people staged
a protest demonstration.
AR troops and District Police commandos launched
a joint operation in Tumukhong in Imphal East District and arrested
three cadres of KYKL.
Based on reliable information about the presence
of some KCP cadres in and around Soibam Leikai area, a team of
Imphal East District Police commando conducted search operation,
and arrested two active cadres of KCP-N, identified as Yengkokpam
Ranjan Singh alias Amuba (46) of Top Mayai Leikai and Kshetrimayum
Romesh Singh alias Inaocha (39) of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai.
Investigation revealed that Romesh was also working for KYKL and
involved in extortion of money from SK Oil nominees of Imphal
East and West Districts.
Two hardcore militants of the NSCN-K were arrested
in Senapati District of Manipur. The militants - identified as
self-styled ‘Lieutenant’ Lamang Kipgen (36) of Lilen village in
Paren District of Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen (23) of Langjol
village of Senapati District - were arrested along with one 9
mm pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from Daili village, a defence
press release said. On questioning, Kipgen confessed that he was
a top leader of NSCN-K and had joined the outfit in 1996, the
release said. He was trained by the outfit and involved in recruiting
cadres, it added.
The AHRC stated that the enforcement of the AFSPA
has only been used so far to intimidate the local population,
which has lost confidence in their government. “Only corrupt state
officers, politicians and the omnipresent and armed militant groups
of Manipur will benefit from the impunity provided by the AFSPA,”
said a statement from the AHRC. The AFSPA, it said, “should not
be enforced in Manipur to support organized lawlessness benefitting
illegal drug and weapon smuggling cartels.” “Uncontrollable insurgent
activity in Manipur,” the AHRC opined, is the direct result of
“failed state administration.” Militancy also benefits from the
poor management of the international border between India and
Burma, it added. The AHRC, it stated, has documented cases of
police officers, government officers, and politicians sharing
illegal profits obtained from the black-marketing of essential
commodities in the state.
A combined team of BSF and Lamlai Police arrested
one cadre of the KNF-N from Itham village in Imphal East District.
BSF sources said that a joint team of 49th battalion BSF and Lamlai
Police rushed to Itham village after getting information of KNF-N
cadres extorting money from the owners of sand quarries. On seeing
the SF personnel, one of the cadres suddenly opened one round
of fire in the air and tried to flee the area. However, some villagers
overpowered a cadre and caught him while four other cadres managed
to escape. The arrested cadre was later identified as Kamminlun
of Singsit Veng Kangpokpi in Senapati District. He revealed that
he came to the village from Kangpokpi with four other cadres two
days back. They also brought two AK-47 rifles and one 9 mm pistol.
Soon after his arrest, the combined team conducted a search operation
to arrest other cadres at the area. During the course of the operation,
the SFs recovered an AK-47 rifle along with a magazine loaded
with 11 live rounds from near a river at around 8 pm.
A combined team of Police and AR personnel recovered
a huge cache of ammunition from a forest at Sagolmang Pukhao area
in Imphal East District. Police said 300 rounds of M-16 rifles,
44 rounds of AK-47 rifles, two detonators and two local-made magazines
were found wrapped in a big polythene bag. It was yet to be known
which individual, group or militant outfit kept the ammunition
there and for what purpose.
UNC called a 48-hour general strike in tribal
areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention of the GoI
with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based JAC constituted
against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills has also called for boycotting
the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal areas in the State.
In a press release, the UNC has decried the indifferent attitude
shown by GoI towards the bodies of the nine tribal martyrs still
lying at the morgue of Churachandpur civil hospital after they
were killed in Police action while defending the inalienable rights
of the tribal people in the aftermath of the passage of the three
alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31, 2015. Alleging that the
State Government has grabbed tribal lands by carving out hundreds
of hill tribal villages and placing them into four valley Districts
of Imphal in the name of re-organisation of Police District boundaries,
UNC demanded that such orders should be immediately revoked and
hill tribal villages placed back in hill Districts. UNC shall
abstain from Republic Day celebration this year in protest against
the role of fence-sitter taken by Government of India inspite
of chaos, disorder, political suppression, etc., in the hill Districts
of Manipur, said the UNC statement.
Based on a specific intelligence regarding the
movement of militants, the troops of the 45 AR established a vehicle
check post in Yurabung area in Imphal East District and arrested
one UNLF cadre. The arrestee has been identified as No 1810, Self-Styled
Private, Raghu alias Thomas, resident of Khajiri in Nambol in
Bishnupur District and he has been handed over to Lamlai Police
Troops of 16 AR on frisking and checking duty
along the Imphal-Ukhrul road, arrested a woman with explosive
materials, who was travelling in an Ukhrul-bound passenger vehicles
originating from Imphal. The items seized from the women include
nine detonators, three packets of highly explosive weighing 125
grams each and three fuses. The items were found in a bag carried
by the woman identified as Puprangla Hungyo (53) wife of (L) Ajoy
Hungyo of Sorde Village of Ukhrul District. The woman along with
the devices has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station of Imphal
East, an official report said.
Tension gripped Itham village in Imphal East District
after KNF-N allegedly threatened the villagers to kill them if
any of them enter the neighbouring Kuki village. The threat came
after the arrest of a KNF-N cadre by BSF on January 16. Itham
is an interior village of Imphal East District surrounded by Naga
and Kuki villages. Speaking to reporters at the village, Itham
Naharol Yaipha Thourang Lup secretary T Somorjit said that Kuki
militants have been constantly harassing the transporters and
workers engaged in quarry works in the village.
Seven persons have been detained during different
search operations conducted by Imphal West and Imphal East District.
The first operation was conducted under the supervision of Imphal
West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit and Imphal West Commando OIC
P Sanjoy at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi community hall, where all
the residents were called for verification. Five persons who could
not produce proper identity proof documents were taken to Imphal
Police Station for further investigation. On the other hand, a
team of Imphal East District Police also carried out a search
operation at Bamon Leikai Nahabam area under supervision of Imphal
East ASP (Operations) Singhajit and Commando OIC P Achouba, in
which two persons were detained at Porompat Police Station.
Four militant outfits operating in north-east
India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations on
January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the United
National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. "We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26," the statement mailed to the media said.
Unidentified militants exploded a bomb at the
residence of a contractor of Government's PMGSY scheme, Sinam
Dijen in Yaiskul Sougaijam Leirak Nambul Mapal under Imphal Police
Station in Imphal west District. However, no casualties were reported.
According to the available information, the bomb is suspected
to be an IED.
A head constable, identified as Thounaojam Herojit
Singh, who had claimed to have killed Chungkham Sanjit, a former
militant, in a controversial case on July 23, 2009 on the orders
given by the then ASP, Imphal West, Akoijam Jhalajit Singh, disappeared
after he boarded an Imphal-bound flight at Delhi Airport. His
family members fear that he could have been abducted by unidentified
suspects after landing at Imphal airport on the same day.
AR personnel and Thoubal Police Commandos during
a search in Bongbal Khullen village in Senapati District arrested
one KNF-N cadre, identified as the 'assistant finance secretary'
Satkithang Kipgen alias Ranjit (29). One 9mm Pistol (Country
made) along with a magazine and nine live rounds were also recovered
from his possession.
The UNC in a statement has confirmed that it will
go ahead with the proposed 48 hrs 'Total' bandh and has
warned against any violation of the said agitation. Endorsing
the UNC's 48-hour bandh starting February 4 midnight, the
CNPO has announced a total shut down in Chandel District of Manipur,
including educational institutions during the bandh. Publicity
wing of the apex body has informed that any elements or anti-social
forces attempting to undermine the decision of the tribals in
Manipur and Nagas will not be tolerated, it warned.
Two suspected rival militant outfits exchanged
fire near Molnom village under Tengnoupal Police Station in Chandel
District. According to sources, the incident happened when suspected
militants believed to be cadres of NSCN-IM attacked another militant
group suspected to be from a Kuki Underground outfit, who retaliated
using automatic weapons. After a brief encounter the attackers
fled and escaped from the spot, added the source. During the encounter,
one militant received a gun-shot; however, his identity is still
unknown, informed the source. However, another source said that
the incident happened after suspected NSCN-IM ambushed and fired
the other militants near the village.
A civilian sustained injury when unidentified
armed assailants opened fire at Molnom village under Tengnoupal
Police Station in Chandel District. Three youngsters of Molnom
village were taking bath in a nearby river after playing volleyball
when around 15 armed assailants with both sophisticated weapons
and double barrel shotguns came to the river thrashed them. On
hearing the shouts made by one of three youngsters, local womenfolk
who were keeping a vigil against abuse of intoxicating substances
rushed to the river. On seeing the womenfolk, the assailants opened
fire and fled. One Lunkhogin Haokip (25) sustained injury in the
A former militant, identified as Salam Sanajaoba
(28), was shot dead by three unidentified armed assailants at
Sadhu Yenkhuman village under Sagolmang Police Station in Imphal
East District. He was a cadre of the KCP-MC, who had surrendered
one and a half year ago.
The UNC called a 48-hour Bandh to fulfill
its demands. Traffic movement was obstructed along Imphal-Moreh
road (National Highway 2) by a large number of volunteers from
CNPO which has endorsed the UNC strike. The UNC said any attempt
to sabotage the final Naga political settlement based on 'unique
history of the Nagas' will never be compromised under any circumstances.
Manipur Police beefed up security measures as
Kuki organisations condemned the "unprovoked" gun attack on February
3 on Kukis in Molnom villagers near Pallel town along National
Highway 2. Several shots were fired at the terrified villagers
in Molnom. One youth, Lunkhogin Haokip, sustained serious injuries,
Kukis of the village said. In a joint statement condemning the
incident, the Kuki Chiefs' Association in Chandel District, the
Kuki People's Forum, the Thadou Students' Association, and the
Kuki Students' Organisation said that some cadres of the NSCN-IM
had opened fire at the villagers. The Kuki Reformation Forum also
condemned what it described as the unprovoked firing. In a statement
it said the incident reminded the people of the "ethnic cleansing"
started by the NSCN-IM.
MPA, the military wing of UNLF, said a final settlement
with the NSCN-IM should be confined to Nagaland only and any attempt
to harm Manipur's territorial interests would be opposed. "A settlement
with the NSCN (I-M) should be within the confines of Nagaland
only," Kh. Pambei, chairman of military affairs committee of the
MPA, said in a statement issued in connection with the outfit's
29th raising day on February 9. Stating that Manipur should be
kept out of the settlement, Pambei said any attempt by the Centre
against the wishes of the people of Manipur would be opposed.
A KRA militant, identified as Yamkholen Touthang
(40) of T Tuinom village, was killed by unidentified assailants
near KT College under Kangpokpi Police Station in Senapati District.
According to a Police source, the body bored a suspected bullet
injury mark near the left ear which exited through left eye. KRA
is under SoO pact with the Government.
Two non-local masons were reportedly injured in
a powerful blast that occurred near a bridge which is currently
under construction at Sawombung in Imphal East District. According
to sources, the bomb is suspected to be an IED and it exploded
on the bank of Iril River near an under construction bridge. The
injured persons have been identified as Jabikal Islam (25) and
Jahrudin (30), both of them are from Kamrup Jabakali in Assam.
Unknown armed assailants abducted a project manager
of Coastal Projects Ltd, currently engaged in construction of
tunnels for Jiribam-Tupul railway line in Tamenglong District.
According to sources, the project manager identified as Mohammad
Manir Raja from Bihar was abducted by around 10 armed assailants
from near tunnel number 10 located between Kambiron and Khongshang
under Nungba Police Station in the District.
A team of District Police commando arrested one
self-styled 'Sergeant' of UNLF while conducting operation in and
around Wapokpi bazar in Thoubal District. The arrested individual
has been identified as Thounaojam Manglemba Singh alias
Kanbiba (32) of Thounaojam Mamang Leikai, according to a statement
issued by the PRO of Police Department.
The AMUCO warned of launching mass agitation if
a white paper on the points incorporated in the accord signed
between the GoI and NSCN-IM are not made public without any further
delay. This was stated by AMUCO president Dr Y Mani Khuman while
addressing the 23rd foundation day of AMUCO at its office located
Normal life was thrown out of gear in Churachandpur
District on February 12 following a bandh (total shutdown) imposed
by public in protest against the burial of nine victims of anti-tribal
bills protestors. Almost all the shops, business establishments,
government, semi-government and private offices remained closed
during the bandh. Vehicles were off the road.
One IED exploded at Leinganching in Chandel District,
along Imphal-Ukhrul road. No injury was reported. According to
a source, the IED exploded at a roadside which was just a Kilometer
away from Litan Police Station. The IED was planted 1 foot below
the earth. Iron balls were also recovered from the spot.
An IED exploded near KBS oil pump in Hungdung
in Ukhrul District at around 2.53 pm. Though no injury was reported,
a vehicle of AR suffered major damage.
Unidentified militants planted an IED at the
residence of an Assistant Professor of Lilong Haoreibi College,
Md Islamuddin (60) at Lilong Heinoumakhong under Lilong Police
Station in Thoubal District. According to sources, the bomb weighing
around 500 grams was found fitted with a mobile phone. Later,
a team of State bomb experts retrieved the IED. It is suspected
that the bomb was planted in connection with a monetary demand
from an Under Ground group, the source said.
Two different militant outfit in Manipur claimed
the responsibility of two separate IED blasts that occurred on February
14. Whereas the proscribed RPF claimed its hand in the bomb blast
which targeted troops of 41 AR at Hundung junction near KBS oil
pump in Ukhrul District, the militant outfit MNPF claimed responsibility
for the bomb blast which targeted another team of 41 AR on the way
from Litan to Hungphung.
According to a press release issued by RPF ‘department
of publicity chief’ Bangkim, the bomb attack at Hundung junction
was carried out by a special warfare team of the PLA. A press release
issued by MNPF ‘assistant publicity secretary’ said that they would
continue their struggle for the Naga people until the sovereignty
of Manipur is restored.
The Manipuri film industry shut down indefinitely
to protest against extortion threats by NRFM to the Film Forum Manipur.
"We have decided to suspend all Manipuri film-related activities
after the National Revolutionary Front Manipur issued threats to
us for not meeting its monetary demand. We will not resume our activities
until the threat is withdrawn," the chairman of the Forum,
L. Surjakanta, said.
One Chinese-made hand grenade was found at the residential
gate of one Okram Pishak of Singjamei Okram Leikai under Singjamei
Police Station in Imphal West District. The hand grenade, which
was kept by unidentified assailants, was later safely defused by
the Police bomb squad. It is suspected that the hand grenade was
planted at his residential gate in connection with monetary demand.
Suspected militants shot at and wounded three people,
including a school girl, in a restaurant located at Khurai Angom
Leikai Laiching Chingkhong in Imphal East District. The injured
victims were identified as Yumnam Suraj (25), his 17 years old companion
and Laishram Romita (37). Suraj received bullet injury on his face
while the girl received bullet injury at the left arm.
An IED exploded at thickly populated Namthilok in
North AOC in Imphal West District. However, there is no report of
Two labourers who were reportedly abducted by armed
men last week allegedly for ransom returned safely, nine days after
they were picked up amongst a group of eight labourers camped on
a worksite near Buongbal village in Singngat sub-division of Churachandpur
District. The labourers, identified as Muanlianthang (40) and Ginsuanmang
(40) reached home safely after they were abducted on February 10
midnight by five unidentified armed men. Sources said the family
had withheld the kidnapping episode from the public as their captors
had threatened to eliminate them if the abduction ever comes out
in the press.
Manipur Police arrested five persons including three
women along with two machine guns and loaded magazines from Moirang
in Bishnupur District. The five were travelling in an auto when
they were halted by the Police for random frisking. Details on
the identity of the arrested were not divulged for investigation,
the sources said.
27 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were handed
over to the authority concerned in Bangladesh by a Manipur Police
team. According to a source, all the 27 Bangladeshis had entered
Manipur via Kolkata, Guwahati and Dimapur in order to earn money.
A team of Narcotic Cell arrested two persons, identified
as L. Thangchungnung alias Chuchung Khongsai (18) and Sotinthang
Touthang (18) along with 13 FICNs of INR 500 denomination from Gambhir
Shopping Complex in Imphal West District.
Meanwhile, normal life was affected in Manipur following
a state-wide 12-hour general strike called by the Maoist Communist
Party of Manipur (MCPM). MCPM called the strike expressing serious
concern over the Government’s inaction in the killing of Sanjit
and Rabina in July 23, 2009 allegedly fake encounter case. Almost
all the shops and business establishments in Imphal and its outskirt
remained closed for the day, report said.
Eighty-seven bombs believed to be of World War II
were found buried at Moreh in Chandel District. Police said the
bombs were found while digging the ground for construction of a
Police commandos arrested a UNLF cadre, identified
as Thokchom Brendy Meetei alias Leiren alias Athouba
(33) during a search operation conducted at Hatta Minuthing in Imphal
East District. On his disclosure, one .38 pistol loaded with eight
live rounds, one magazine loaded with seven rounds, four Chinese
hand grenades, two 36 HE hand grenades and 10 detonators were recovered
from the house of one Kshetrimayum Jugindro of Langthabal Kunja.
A bomb exploded the residential gate of one Bramacharimayum
Biramangol alias BB Sharma at Uripok Yambem Leikai in Imphal
West District. However, there is no report of any casualty. According
to sources, BB Sharma who is a former Joint Director of AIR Imphal,
Regional News Unit was not at home when the bomb suspected to be
of medium intensity exploded.
The CorCom said in a statement that the self-styled
'president' of the newly formed MNP B Angousana Sharma is an enemy
of Manipuris. A statement of the CorCom signed by its media co-ordinator
Ksh Yoiheiba said the people of the land after proper deliberation
of Angousana's statement that no power in the world can separate
Manipur from India, should decide as to what kind of a person he
actually is. It further said that Angousana's statement regarding
the recent agitations in several Indian university campuses including
the JNU and the Jadavpur University that "University professors
should not use Manipur to preach anti-India" has only established
that he is someone who has forgotten his roots and someone trying
to gain some sympathy from his colonial master and sell his own
The Police Department noticed that many technologically/computer
savvy individuals or criminals have been - committing several of
digital crimes through the internet, mobile phone, e-mail etc, said
the PRO, Police in a statement. The modus operandi usually followed
by these criminals is by conning innocent public by way of sending
e-mail messages, SMS or by making mobile phone calls and persuading
them to part with information relating to their bank account details,
credit card/ATM details, Insurance policy details, Pan card/Aadhaar
card/Voter ID details on the pretext of crediting some prize money
into their bank accounts or making investments which will bring
100% or more returns in a very short duration or luring with foreign
trips etc, it said.
A teacher died after allegedly being physically
assault by suspected cadres of the NSCN-IM at Aimol Satu Village
in Tengnoupal Tehsil in Chandel District. T S Hegin
Haokip (48) of Molnam village was taken away by suspected NSCN-IM
militants and was severely assaulted, a senior Police officer said.
He succumbed to his injuries triggering tension among ethnic Kuki
population of the area. While the body of the deceased was taken
by a crowd from his village towards the residence of a suspected
killer at Aimol Satu village, they were stopped due to random firing
by suspected NSCN-IM militants. Later, the crowd regrouped and blocked
Imphal-Moreh route and prevented vehicular traffic. It also set
ablaze a few shops, he said.
KIM, an apex body of the Kukis and KSO-GHQ give
24 hour ultimatum to the state Government to arrest the culprits
in the killing of T S Hegin Haokip before cautioning that if the
Government fails to response positively within the stipulated time,
the Kuki community could engage in anything that could fetch us
justice over the incident.
A loud explosion at the residence of the Kangpokpi
ADC DK Thangboi shook the neighbourhood of K Salbung located along
the major Tiddim Road in Senapati District. However, there was no
human casualty. The KIO/ KIA, a non-SoO signatory, has owned the
responsibility for the bomb explosion inside the campus of the officer.
The outfit’s ‘secretary’ information and publicity Thomas Anal had
informed the press on the phone, claiming that the act was the result
or repercussion of the MCS officer’s insulting and defying words
against the outfit. He added that in case the MCS officer fails
to clarify on the issues before the outfit by March 10, the group
The NSCN-IM denounced the allegation made against
it for the death of an assistant teacher in Chandel District on
February 29. The caretaker, Khurmi Region of the NSCN-IM in a statement
has denounced the allegations made against the outfit and said it
is neither involved not have anything to do with the incident. The
statement said the caretaker Khurmi region has also advised UKLF
not to indulge in tribalism amongst indigenous people in the region.
Peace will prevail only when one’s identity is respected, it said.
It said the civil organisations should not resort to cheap politics
by alleging the outfit as the cause of the death without proper
verification. The statement further said it is a baseless allegation
with a view to tarnish the image of the outfit.
The JAC against the murder of Thongkhogin Haokip,
a teacher of Molnom Junior High School in Chandel District, has
decided to resume the indefinite bandh on Imphal-Moreh
section of National Highway 102 from midnight. The committee is
compelled to resume the indefinite bandh, according
to a press statement issued by JAC Convenor. The decision was taken
after the authorities failed to book the culprits involved in the
murder, the statement added.
The KSO, in a memorandum urged the UHM to ensure
that the killers of the teacher are arrested and brought to justice.
It urged both the Central and State Governments “to rein in the
NSCN-IM militants holing up in Chandel District and place them in
their designated camps. Prior to any final agreement between the
government and NSCN-IM, the government must settle the issue of
NSCN-IM atrocities against Kukis in which 905 innocent Kukis were
murdered; 360 Kuki villages were uprooted and its lands seized,”
said the memorandum. “More than 100,000 were rendered homeless and
landless. The rights of the Kukis with respect to their land and
identity in Manipur cannot be violated by the NSCN-IM peace accord”,
Some unidentified assailants attacked a temporary
designated camp of URF (Soviet) at Napet Mamang Leikai in Imphal
East District. Sources said that the miscreants hurled a grenade
and fired some rounds at the camp. However, the grenade did not
explode and nobody was injured due to the firing as well. Some portions
of the wall of the camp were damaged due to the firing. One Chinese
hand grenade along with safety pin was recovered from the complex
of the camp.
One vehicle was vandalized by bandh supporters
along Imphal-Moreh road in Chandel District on the first day of
an indefinite bandh called by the JAC against the
murder of Ts Thongkhogin Haokip. A large number of bandh supporters
including womenfolk blocked the Imphal-Moreh road at H Kotlenphai,
Pallel, Senam and Chahmol by burning tyres and piling woods. One
white colour Alto car was vandalized on Saivom-Tengnoupal road for
defying the bandh called by the JAC. Convenor Mangboi
Haokip of the JAC said that the indefinite bandh was
imposed as the State Government has failed to arrest and book the
culprits involved in the killing of Haokip. He further maintained
that the JAC would intensify the agitation including indefinite
State wide bandh if the State Government fails
to fulfill their demands at the earliest.
Eighteen cadres of three militant groups, NSCN-K,
KYKL and KCP who were listed as accused in June 4 ambush in Chandel
District, were summoned to appear in the court of special judge,
NIA, Manipur on April 4 next. NIA court issued proclamation orders
against the accused persons including top leaders of NSCN-K ‘chairman’
SS Khaplang Pangmei alias Khaplang, KYKL ‘chairman’
Namoijam Okendro and KCP ‘president’ Kshetrimayum Noyon alias Hemanta.
The proclamation orders, it was stated that the warrant of arrest
issued against them were returned as they were not found and the
judge was satisfied that they have absconded or concealing themselves
to avoid the service of the said warrants. They were asked to appear
before the court in Imphal’s Uripok Cheirap Court Complex to answer
the charges levelled against them on April 4, 2016.
AR troops arrested four arms smugglers from Torbung
in Churachandpur District. Based on information regarding the movement
of four suspected persons from Moirang to Churachandpur with weapons,
the AR troops launched an operation on February 28 and arrested
four of them along with weapons, said PRO Defence Wing in a release.
The troops also seized one 9 mm country made pistol along with magazine,
two live rounds of 9 mm, one Honda Activa scooter, and cash of INR
Following an understanding with the State Government,
the indefinite bandh along the Imphal – Moreh Highway
imposed by the JAC against the murder of Ts Thongkhogin Haokip,
Assistant Hindi Teacher at Molnom Junior High School has been called
off with immediate effect. Informing media persons, JAC convenor
Mangboi Haokip said that the decision to call off the indefinite bandh was
taken in a joint meeting held at H Kotlenphai village community
hall between the JAC and representatives of the State Government.
AR troops, based on specific information regarding
movement of an underground cadre, launched an operation in T Jangnum
village in Chandel District and arrested an active cadre of PREPAK-Pro.
The arrested cadre revealed that he had joined the outfit in April
2015 and received military training at PREPAK-Pro camp in Tamu (Myanmar)
in April-May 2015. Incriminating articles were recovered from his
possession, according to a press release.
Militants of the MCP in Manipur, claimed responsibility
for the Wednesday (March 2) night attack on a “designated camp”
of surrendered militants of the URF-Chingkheinganba in Imphal East
District. Though the “designated camp” was attacked with automatic
rifles, hand grenades and other lethal weapons for over 20 minutes,
no inmate was injured. A “designated camp” is a place inhabited
by insurgent groups that sign SoO — or ceasefire — with the state
and central governments. Under SoO, the government forces and insurgents
stop attacking each other and try to create conditions for a peace
process and political settlement.
An unidentified assailant exploded a grenade at
a private residence at Elangbam Leikai in the Imphal West District.
However, no one was injured in the blast. The motive and identity
of the attacker are not known.
Police are looking for four labourers reportedly
abducted by suspected militants from Zalembung village area under
Lungchong Meiphai in Ukhrul District. The four local labourers were
being engaged in the construction of Sanakeithel-Leisan road taken
up under PMGSY. Cadres from a militant outfit are alleged to have
abducted them for ransom. Whereabouts of the four is still unknown
since their abduction from the work site. Sources informed that
the particular outfit wants a large amount of money from the contractor.
A powerful hand grenade exploded near a kerosene
godown at Toupokpi area in Bishnupur District. The blast took
place near the godown of a kerosene dealer after unidentified
assailants lobbed the grenade, the Police said. Though there were
no casualties, considerable property worth lakhs of rupees have
been damaged by the explosion, the Police said.
Atleast one person was injured when a powerful
IED was exploded by suspected militants in front of Punya Hyundai
showroom of one Thounaojam Premjit at Thangmeiband road in Imphal
West District. The injured has been identified as Thounaojam Ibomcha
(42), son of Tomba of Chingmeirong. He received minor cut on his
face by the shattered showroom glass.
Two Chinese made hand grenades were reportedly
recovered from near the gate of RIMS Library at Lamphelpat in
Imphal. A team of Police bomb expert later retrieved the grenade
One cadre of RPF, identified as Thongam Gyanendro
Singh (53), was arrested by Manipur Police commandos frisking
operations in Khoyathong area in Imphal West District. Singh was
involved in extortion activities and allegedly collected a large
sum of money from different organisations in Bishnupur District,
26 AR arrested four persons for carrying an M-16
rifle during a frisking drive conducted at Behiang check post
under Singhat Police Station in Churachandpur District. The arrested
persons have been identified as S Khupkhansiam (52) of Pahmul
village, Liannou Same (25) of Pahmul village, Suanlianthang (30)
of Suangphu village and Kapkhantub (28) of Suangphu village.
The PREPAK-Pro claimed responsibility for bomb
blast on March 9, in front of an automobile showroom in Imphal
city. In a statement, the outfit said the bomb was exploded as
the automobile company "challenged" the outfit. It did not elaborate.
"Henceforth, Punya Motors Private Ltd will not be allowed to continue
its business in Manipur," the statement said. The outfit also
banned business by all the showrooms owned by Punya Motors Private
Ltd under the name Punya Hyundai Showroom, Dingku road, Punya
Honda, Airport road, Punya Honda Showroom, Khuyathong, M.I. Ford
showroom, Airport road, all located in and around Imphal city
and all the sub-dealers of Punya Company in Manipur.
Newly floated militant outfit ADF has claimed
responsibility for the shooting of a civilian at Pallel market
in Chandel District. The ADF statement termed the shooting of
the civilian as a "warning" to those who support the steps to
convert the ethnic group into Aimol Nagas. The Manipur Police
is yet to make any arrests in connection with the shooting.
Formed in 2015, after two factions developed within
the small Aimol ethnic group, the new outfit in the press release
said it was forced to form the outfit to protect the small Aimol
community of less than 10,000 people. The ethnic group had been
facing continuous threats and intimidation from suspected NSCN-IM
militants, which wanted the tribe to be called Aimol Nagas, the
AR troops arrested one arms smuggler from Tuibong
Market in Churachandpur District.
The ZEO office located at Babupara in Jiribam
Sub-Division in Imphal East District was set ablaze by unidentified
assailants. The arson was reportedly discovered by the office
chowkidar L Mohan Singh after which the fire was doused to avert
major tragedy. Portions of the office verandah have suffered damages.
The JAC Against 'Anti-Tribal Bills' has called
a 15-hour Bandh of Lamka in Churachandpur District and
its vicinity on March 18 to mark the 200th day of the relentless
struggle for the tribal cause and the continued fight against
alleged subjugation, marginalization and exclusion policies of
the State Government towards tribals. Gun salute would be paid
to 'tribal martyrs' and a mass prayer programme would be held
at Lamka Public Ground on the same day, according to a press release
issued by the JAC.
The owner of a restaurant who was allegedly shot
by militant outfit KCP-Poirei Lup on February 19, 2016, at Khurai
locality in Imphal East District succumbed to her injuries at
the RIMS Hospital. Laishram Ongbi Romita (38) was undergoing treatment
at the RIMS since, after she was shot for allegedly defying the
earlier instruction of the outfit to shut immoral activities in
Protesters trying to impose a strike along the
Imphal-Moreh route vandalised a Police vehicle while a 40-year-old
woman was injured after being hit by a tear gas shell, at Samaram
in Thoubal District. The Police vehicle was vandalised after SF
personnel tried to disperse a mob trying to enforce the strike,
but was confronted by angry protesters prompting the Police to
fire rubber bullets and lob tear gas shells. The strike was being
imposed by locals of Samaram area in connection with the death
of a woman, whose body was recovered on February 26.
The UNC has announced to go ahead with its proposed
15 hours total bandh in all Naga tribal Districts from midnight
of March 17. The UNC said that the bandh will be relaxed for officials
and students appearing the Class X exam students and officials
on duty. The UNC is calling the bandh in support of the JAC against
Anti-Tribal Bills' which called for a total shutdown as a mark
of 200th day of sorrow and unrelenting struggle' for justice and
tribute to the 9 'tribal martyrs'.
A team of District Police commando conducted frisking
and checking near Yurembam Kabui Khul gate in Imphal West District
and arrested one cadre of ZUF. PRO Police department RK Tutusana
said that the arrestee was identified as one Benjamin Kamei alias
Benny (40), of Noney Part-IV but presently stayed at Yurembam
Kabui Khul, Imphal West. Investigation revealed that he had extorted
money from the general public, contractors and transporters in
Imphal, Noney and Bishnupur areas. Further he had transported
arms, ammunitions and explosives in different parts of Tamenglong,
Bishnupur and Imphal areas.
A woman activist belonging to PREPAK, identified
as Meisnam Manileima (31), daughter of M Pakchao of Heingang Marjing
in Imphal West, was arrested by a team from Imphal West Police
commandos during operation at Langol Ningthou Leikai in Imphal
West. Meisnam was staying at the residence of one Oinam Mangi
when the arrest took place, reports said.
A Police commando team also arrested a cadre belonging
to NRFM identified as Laishram Deven (40), hailing from Chalou
bazar under Lamlai in Imphal East.
A bomb exploded in front of the Moreh LIC office
at ward No-3 under Moreh Police Station in Chandel District. However,
no one was injured in the explosion. A Police team has inspected
the explosion site.
An archaic bomb was recovered during digging work
at the residential compound of Oinam Manglemba Singh of Oinam
Bazar in Bishnupur District. The bomb was retrieved by a bomb
expert team of the Police around 5 pm.
The UNC 15-hour total bandh in 'Naga tribal districts'
affected normal life in Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul
Districts of Manipur. The bandh was called in support of
Churachandpur-based JAC against 'Anti-Tribal Bills' which called
for a total shutdown in Churachandpur District headquarters from
March 17 midnight as a mark of 200th day of 'sorrow and unrelenting
struggle' for justice and tribute to the nine 'tribal martyrs'.
The bandh hit vehicular movement on the three National Highways
in Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul Districts, sources said. The
JAC also released 200 lanterns as a mark of tribute to the nine
persons who lost their lives last year. The total shutdown in
Churachandpur town called by the JAC also severely paralysed the
hill town, reports said.
A team of District Police commando conducted cordon
and search operation in some suspected houses, during the operation
in Imphal West District, one active cadre of KCP-Mangal identified
as one Konjengbam Ongbi Nirmala Devi (49), wife of Konjengbam
Bhumeshwor Meitei of Kodompokpi Mamang Leikia was arrested. Investigation
revealed that she had served demand letters to government office
and PHSC in Nambol area and collected a huge amount of money from
various shops and private hospitals in the name of organisation.
Incriminating articles were seized from her possession.
Two unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade
inside the M/S Canchi Indane Service at Kwakeithel Tiddim Ground
in the Imphal West District. The grenade exploded in front of
the gas agency's booking counter injuring the chowkidar, identified
as Thokchom Ranjit Singh (57) of Kwakeithel Heinou Khongnembi
Thokchom Leikai. Thokchom was hit by shrapnel on his legs and
A powerful IED was found planted near the sentry
post of Moreh Police Station in Chandel District. According to
reports, the IED was found around 7am from a drain at the foot
of the brick wall of the sentry post. A bomb expert team of the
Police retrieved the explosive and disposed it off.
AR troops recovered a powerful IED near Leingangching
on National Highway 102 in Manipur's Ukhrul District. The foot
patrol party of 17 AR while sanitizing the road found a suspicious
looking plastic bag with wires lying by the road near Leingangching,
the AR said in a press release. A Bomb Disposal Team neutralised
the IED. It was found that the IED was Claymore RCIED weighing
about two kilograms, with a battery operated mechanism.
A combined team of District Police commando and
6th Assam Rifles conducted search operation at Khumbi Terakhong
near Primary Health Centre area in Bishnupur District and arrested
one member of UNLF. The arrestee has been identified as "Lance
Corporal" Khangembam Binodkumar Singh aka Bungo aka Biramani aka
Tompok aka Chingsinba (35) of Kumbi Bazar Khaidem Lekai.
AR troops along with Police launched an operation
in Sikibung Tangkhul area in Ukhrul District and arrested a cadre
of the armed group MNRF. The militant was identified as VS Yaruingam
revealed that he had masterminded the IED blast at Ukhrul on February
14 this year along with another cadre of MNRF.
A team of District Police commando including women
Police conducted frisking and checking at Moirang Patlou area
in Bishnupur District and arrested one lady member of KNRF outfit,
travelling in a passenger diesel auto. The arrestee has been identified
as Athokpam (n) Thokchom (o) Thaibema Devi alias Premi
(34), wife of (L) Th Naobi Singh of Ningthoukhong Awang Khunou,
presently of Ithai Khunou. Three demand letters of the group,
KNRF and other incriminating articles were seized from her possession.
An active cadre of UNLF was arrested by AR troops
from Kakmayi in Thoubal District.
The JAC constituted against the alleged torture
meted out to Nongsum villagers and announced an 11-hour bandh
on different roads with effect from 6 am in the morning. Speaking
to reporters at Manipur Press Club, JAC convenor Konjengbam Ibungobi
said the bandh would be effective from 6 am to 5 pm on Imphal
to Sagolmang, Imphal to Wakhong, Imphal to Khamenlok, Imphal to
Khongban and Imphal to Chanung roads. Villagers are still reeling
under fear and dissatisfaction after the KLF/ KNA action of March
19, he said. He also urged the Government to bring a solution
to the issue at the earliest.
A vehicle loaded with betel leaf was set ablaze
by suspected militants of an underground outfit along the Imphal-Jiribam
section of NH-37 in Manipur's Tamenglong District. The Imphal-bound
loaded vehicle was set afire by the suspects at Milestone 151,
nine kilometres from Shanti Khunou village under Nungba Police
Station. Before setting on fire the vehicle, the suspects damaged
the betel leaf, while the driver and his helper, managed to escape
and took refuge at a camp of the G/87 COB located nine kilometres
from the spot.
An IED was found planted at the gate of one special
contractor Thokchom Gojendro (40) located at Kiyamgei Maning Leikai
under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District. The IED
bomb was retrieved by the State bomb expert team and defused at
a nearby paddy field.
Unidentified assailants suspected to be militants
hurled a hand grenade at the residential compound of special contractor
Th Munindro (55) s/o Th Nabakishore of Khongman Zone IV under
Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East District. Sources said
that no one was injured in the blast but some portions of the
wall were damaged.
AR troops along with Police launched operations
in Kharashom and Khurai areas of Imphal East District in Manipur
and arrested two active cadres of the PLA.
AR troops arrested a drug peddler and seized 810
numbers of WY tablets worth over INR 400,000 at Khudengthabi check
post in Chandel District. The tablets were concealed inside a
cigarette packet. The drug peddler identified as Sori Devi was
travelling in a Maruti Van.
Troops of 7 AR under the aegis of Red Shield Division
arrested one arms smuggler from District Hospital in Churachandpur
District. Based on a specific input regarding the presence of
a suspected person, the troops immediately launched an operation
and arrested one arms smuggler, identified as Nanglopau (43) of
Singgial village near Mata in Thangnuam sub-division in the District,
along with two M-4 5.56 mm carbine (USA made) with magazine.
Suspected militants triggered a powerful blast
suspected to be an IED at the residential gate of Chief Engineer
of IFCD Gurumayum Robindro Sharma located at Uripok Bachaspati
Leikai under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. The
blast occurred inside a drain located on the northern side of
Robindro's residential gate where the security personnel deployed
at his residence.
Unidentified assailants set ablaze a Tata Magic
passenger van at Yairipok Tulihal Mayai Leikai in Imphal East
District. The Tulihal Educated Association in a press note condemned
in the strongest terms and said the vehicle which belongs to one
Mohammad Anwar was completely destroyed in the arson. It claimed
that the arson also inflicted damage to his garage and parts of
Two IEDs exploded within a span of half an hour
at Moreh in Chandel District. No one was injured. Police said
one bomb exploded near an IRB post and the other near the integrated
A driver and a handyman of a truck were abducted
by suspected militants at Koubru Leikai under Sapermeina Police
Station in Senapati District. The highway abduction took place
when the driver and the handyman were heading towards Dimapur
with the empty truck to transport goods. Police with the help
of AR troops searched Koubru Leikai area following the incident
and recovered the Ashok Leyland truck but the duo were found missing
from the spot.
Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade
inside the house of one Hemam Momocha at Khumujamba Meitei Leikai
in Churachandpur District. Nobody was injured in the incident.
An unexploded grenade was also recovered from the house.
Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade
which exploded in front of the office of USDA located at Utlou
Mayai Leikai under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District.
However, there was no casualty reported.
PREPAK claimed responsibility for an attack at
an AR post near the Manipur capital, Imphal on March 30. A press
release issued by 'Captain' Achouba, leader of the outfit, said
they attacked the post of the AR 40 Battalion located at Lilong
in Thoubal District about 15 kilometres away from the state capital,
Imphal. AR sources said there was no casualty in the bomb blast
at 8.40 p.m. on March 30. Though the SF personnel fired at the
militants, they managed to escape. Achouba said a "special force
unit of the Red Army", the military wing of PREPAK, had carried
out the attack as part of the ongoing "war" to reclaim "independence".
Such attacks will continue, he said.
A woman cadre of KCP-Mangal, Yumnam Ibeyaima (40),
was arrested from Kodompokpi area in Imphal West District. She
was arrested by a team of Bihar Regiment and Manipur Police. Based
on her disclosure, another woman activist of the same group, identified
as Laishram Manileima (45), was also arrested by the Police from
the outskirts of the State capital.
Some unidentified assailants attacked RIMS Medical
Superintendent Professor Dr Meisnam Amuba by hurling a hand grenade
at his quarters located within RIMS campus, Lamphelpat under Lamphel
Police Station in Imphal West District. The grenade exploded at
a garage beside the entrance gate leading to Prof Amuba's quarters
at around 7.15 pm. However, there is no report of any casualty.
The blast damaged bumper of a car (Maruti SX 4) apart from puncturing
front and rear wheels of the left side. One Honda Activa scooter
and the GI sheet roof of the garage were also damaged. It is suspected
that the bomb attack was carried out in connection with monetary
A woman cadre of the KYKL, identified as Mayanglangbam
Victoria Devi, was arrested by a combined team of SFs and Manipur
Police at Nambol Thongkha in Bishnupur District. One Chinese-made
hand grenade concealed in a mobile hand set cover box, two mobile
handsets and four SIM cards were recovered from her possession.
The armed MCP-M owned up to the bomb attack at
the official quarter of Medical Superintendent of RIMS on April
1. The outfit in a statement signed by its Secretary Publicity
and Propaganda Comrade Nonglen Meitei hailed its militias who
carried out the daring bomb attack at the MS's official quarter
for their involvement in corruption.
Based on a reliable information about the movement
of valley based underground elements in the general areas of Heirok
Champrathong, a team of Thoubal District Police commando conducted
frisking and checking and arrested one Self-Styled ‘Sergeant Major’
of the PLA, identified as Ningthoujam Ranjit Meitei alias Lemba
(40) of Heirok Part- III Ngarouthel Khuman of Manipur.
Nongdrenkhomba, a top KCP militant leader was
arrested by Manipur Police from the entry gate of Imphal Tulihal
airport in Imphal. Nongdrenkhomba is also the Chairman of Politburo
Standing Committee of the KCP. He was earlier arrested in Delhi,
way back in November 2012. One 9 mm pistol, 10 mobile handsets,
10 letterheads, foreign currencies, a PAN card, stamp seal of
his outfit and other articles were seized from his possession.
Two villagers of Chassad and Aishi village were
allegedly abducted, by unidentified assailants near Chatric Khunou
village under Chassad Police Station in Kamjong Sub Division in
Ukhrul District. The victims were identified as Jamthang Haokip
(52) of Chassad village and Hemjangam Haokip (53) of Aishi village
in Ukhrul District. Eastern Kuki Chiefs’ Association, Ukhrul and
victim’s families have jointly expressed their discontentment
over the incident and filed and FIR in the concerned Police Station.
A Chinese made hand grenade was found planted
at the campus of M/S Sorojini Oil Filling Station of Thouchom
Jadumani, Khangabok under Thoubal Police Station in Thoubal District.
Thoubal Police led by OIC T. Inaobi later retrieved the grenade
One grenade was recovered at the Kwakeithel Konjeng
Leikai residence of Loitongbam Kesho Singh, under Singjamei Police
Station in Imphal East District. Sources said that the grenade
was recovered within the residential premises of Kesho Singh,
an executive engineer of the PDA. The bomb was later retrieved
by a team of Police bomb expert and detonated at a safe place.
A team of Imphal East District Police commando
conducted search operation, based on reliable information in and
around Pungdongbam area and arrested two woman cadres of KCP-N,
identified as Phijam Wangkheirakpam (O) Ebemcha Devi (33) and
Sagolsem (O) Ichan Tonanbam (30). Investigation revealed that,
they had recruited minor girls to the organisation and extorted
huge amount of money from the general public for raising party
Unidentified assailants allegedly lobbed a grenade
at the Bhramapur Aribam Leikai residence of IMC chairperson Aribam
Nimai Sharma in Imphal. Locals rounded up two persons suspected
to be involved in the attack and badly thrashed them. The two
are identified as RK Napoleon (36), of Sagolband Tera Amudon Akham
Leikai and Angom Punil Kumar (39), of Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai.
Another women accomplice managed to flee from the scene. The locals
also recovered a gun licence and an ID card from one of the two.
One Mahindra Bolero jeep reportedly driven by the duo was also
vandalised by the mob. Porompat Police team took the two away
along with the vehicle. In the meanwhile, the RRM while admitting
that RK Napoleon is a member of the group informed that he has
been expelled from the group for his alleged anti-social activity.
The UPPK, a signatory of the MoU with the GoI
and Manipur since 2013, has been dissolved, a press release of
the outfit said. The statement signed by its chairman A Bonbihari alias Laanngamba
Luwang, ‘general secretary’ N Shanti Meitei alias Chinglemba
Mangang among other leaders of the outfit said the central committee
of the outfit convened a meeting and decided to dissolve the outfit.
It said both the UPPK and its armed wing KPA have been dissolved
from April 4, 2016.
The JAC against the killing of Pampha Rai (Churachandpur
District on April 2) has imposed a 24 hours bandh along
National Highway-39 with effect from 6 pm of April 5 to demand
stringent punishment against the culprit who allegedly raped and
murdered the woman. The JAC in a press statement, urged the government
to assure that judgment on the incident be given at the earliest.
It also demanded the government to take up action against the
culprit’s parents for misleading the victim’s family.
Troops of the 2 AR of 9 Sector AR under the aegis
of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Thoubal Police Commandos
launched operation in general area of Khongjom in Thoubal District
and arrested an over ground worker of PREPAK. The arrestee identified
as Nepram Bigyamani alias Bigya Singh (45) of
Langathel Maning Leikai has been handed over to the Thoubal Police
Station. Nepram revealed that he carried out extortion from shopkeepers
and businessmen in the general area of Khongjom and further stated
that he has recruited one youth namely Puyam Bamboo (27) son of
P Radheshyam of Langathel Maning Leikai.
Based on specific intelligence regarding movement
of an underground cadre, troops of the 45 AR of 9 Sector AR under
the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Police representatives
from Heingang Police Station established a vehicle check post
in general area of Khabeisoi in Imphal East District and arrested
an active cadre of KCP-Nandu. The arrestee identified as No. 3517,
self styled ‘major’ Boi Singh alias Bicky has
been handed over to the Heingang Police Station.
The PREPAK has claimed responsibility for the
bomb attack at the garage of Thounaojam Bishambor Singh (60) at
Lamphel Sanakeithel Pukhri Achouba Mapal, Imphal West on April
4. According to a statement signed by ‘Captain’ Achouba, ‘Publicity
Officer’, Department of Publicity & Propaganda of PREPAK,
the attack was executed by a Mobile Team of the outfit to serve
a warning to Bishambor for his involvement in fund embezzlement
while he was working as a Drill Operator, Geology of Mining of
Industry Department. The outfit alleged that Bishambor was involved
in collection of huge amount of money from the people in the name
of providing jobs in the department.
The KNF-N warned to take action against PMGSY,
contractors who violate norms by tendering their bidding lower
than the actual tender price for PMGSY Phase-X under government
of India for Manipur. Speaking to a media team at their general
headquarter Daitwi camp, Sadar Hills in Senapati District, ‘captain’
Arun Kuki, CO of the general headquarter stated that in the operational
area of the organisation any group or individual is not allow
to collect or make any monetary demands and other underground
groups should not interfere on the developmental works in the
Two PREPAK cadres were arrested from Lamphel Sanakeithel
in Imphal West District, in connection with the hand grenade attack
on the residence of a retired government officer on April 4. Irom
Boy Singh (43), was arrested from his residence and based on the
disclosure he made, L. Somokanta Singh was also arrested.
A bomb was exploded by unidentified assailants
at the residence of Dr Amuba Singh, Medical Superintendent, RIMS
at Thangmeiband Lairen Hanjaba Leikai under Imphal Police Station
in Imphal West District. No one suffered injuries in the bomb
attack. In the meanwhile, one person identified as Yengkhom Anandajit
Singh (35) of Pallel Wangmataba, who was allegedly involved in
the attack was thrashed by locals. It is reported that Police
admitted the injured man to RIMS Hospital for treatment.
A NNC cadre, identified Dinesh Gonmei (28), was
arrested by a combined team of District Police Commando and Gorkha
Rifles in Bishnupur District. Two 9 mm pistols, one magazine loaded
with three rounds and a receipt book of the outfit were seized
from the arrested cadre.
A JAC formed soon after unidentified assailants
fired from a double barrel shot-gun at a ira Paibi shang
at Nungei Village under Lilong Police in Thoubal District, injuring
at least 14 persons has demanded the authorities concerned to
arrest the culprits within five-days. Speaking at a press conference
at the Manipur Press Club, JAC convenor Sanjoy said failure on
the part of the government to punish the culprits within the set
deadline would cause the people of Nungei to launch severe forms
of agitations which could only aggravate the present tension.
Sanjoy said three miscreants believed to be from a particular
community came on a motorcycle and fired two rounds from a local
made shot gun at the local Meira shang around 8pm of April 11.
Altogether 14 persons were hit by pellets out of which nine are
critically injured, he said.
The CorCom has denounced the conflagration that
broke out at Mayang Imphal Konchak Makha Leikai in Imphal West
District between two communities. The death of two youngsters
after they were thrashed by a mob at Mayang Imphal Kokchak on
the charge of attempting to lift a vehicle deeply anguished a
particular community which ultimately led to violent confrontation
between two communities, the CorCom remarked in a press release
issued by its media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba. CorCom opposes any
form of communalism and mob justice. It appealed to leaders of
different communities to take pro-active roles so as to avert
all forms of communal conflicts.
KSO Tuilang block, Tamenglong ‘district general
secretary’ Lalchoilou Neihsiel goes missing after a gunfight between
ZUF militants and SF in Lenglong village under Nungba sub-division
of Tamenglong District. No casualty was reported in the encounter.
However, KSO ‘general secretary’ who was taken along with one
of his aides by ZUF cadres went missing after the gunfight even
though his aid backed to his village on the next day. KSO general
headquarters expressed serious concern over the gunfight that
took place Lenglong village while expressing fearing that the
‘general secretary’ be a victim of the encounter. The KSO appealed
to the armed groups involved in the gunfight to hand over the
civilian without any harm. At the same time, the KSO strongly
disapproved the action of the ZUF cadres who had forcibly taken
the two villagers to accompany them.
Activists and volunteers of AIM rescued three
individuals along with their hijacked vehicle and arrested two
of their hijackers at Lilong under Thoubal District. According
to the AIM chief coordinator Haji Maulana Muheiyuddin, a jeep
carrying 13 bags of rice (50 kg each) with three occupants moving
along NH-2 was waylaid at Lilong Lamkhai and whisked away from
there. On receiving information about the incident, AIM activists
swung into action and carried out a massive manhunt through their
sources and finally intercepted the hijacked vehicle around 6.30
am at Lilong Ngangou Loukon, said the coordinator. He said AIM
not only managed to rescue the occupants of the vehicles, but
also arrested two abductors although the third one managed to
escape. The rescued individuals have been identified as Maibam
Nadadip (55), his wife Thaba, and Tondonbi (52) wife of Rajen
of Ukhongsang Mayai Leikai.
Three persons, including a civilian, an army officer
and a suspected militant were killed in an encounter with ZUF
militants in Tamenglong District. The slain officer has been identified
as Major Amit Deswal of 21 Para Special Forces. Army officials
said one militant was also killed in the encounter which occurred
during a combing operation. According to reports, a civilian,
identified as one Lalchuailo Neishial (24), son of the chief of
Lenglual village, was reportedly killed in cross firing between
the SFs and ZUF militants. It is learnt that on the fateful day
armed cadres of ZUF numbering around six entered the village and
forcefully took away the victim along with another villagers (boy)
Soithangzo Gangte (17) as a guide. The team (ZUF and civilians)
was then reportedly waylaid by SFs and an encounter ensured leaving
Lalchuailo death while Soithangzo made a lucky escape, said the
reports. The body of Lalchuailo was also retrieved by a team of
Nungba Police. According to an official from the Army Defence
Wing, the individual killed in the encounter was a suspect of
ZUF. He further said that an AK rifle along with a magazine was
recovered from the deceased.
One trooper of the 25th AR was killed and three
other personnel sustained injury in an IED explosion triggered
by suspected militants near the AR transit camp Minuthong in Imphal
West District. The deceased AR personnel have been identified
as Gukulchand Yadap (32), of Rajasthan. The injured personnel
have been identified as Hemansu Devnath (31), of West Bengal (injured
on right arm), Manikumar (28), of Bihar (injured at right arm)
and K Rameswhar (32), of Ingourok near Nongpok Sekmai. Denouncing
the bomb blast, residents staged a sit-in-protest demonstration
nearby the blast site. The protest demonstration was participated
by Ragailong Pei, Youth Club, Women’s Society. Placards and banners
which said, “Ragailong is not a battle field”, “We condemn the
blast at public place”, “Enough is Enough” etc were displayed
during the protest.
According to a report by The Sangai Express,
at least three persons including Amit Deswal died in an encounter
between suspected cadres of ZUF and a combined team of Indian
Army at a place located between Longlen and Longpi villages under
Nungba police station in Tamenglong District on April 13. A team
of Indian Army along with 21 Para Commandos launched a search
operation at Nungba and surrounding areas from April 12. When
the Indian Army was continuing the operation, they came under
heavy attack from suspected ZUF cadres between Longlen and Longpi
villages, the troops retaliated, an encounter ensued between the
two sides for around 30 minutes. Major Amit Deswal died at the
spot, while, two more persons died in the encounter; the source
said and added that one of the deceased is suspected to be a civilian
while the other is a ZUF cadre.
Manipur-based insurgent outfit UNLF claimed responsibility
for the bomb attack on AR jawans in Minuthong
in Imphal West District in which at least one personnel of 25
AR was killed. UNLF ‘director’ of publicity M Sak-hen in a press
release in Imphal said that the bomb attack on the AR party was
carried out by a special team of the outfit as part of its ongoing
struggle for independence.
Coming out with its side of the story on the incident
near Lenglong Kuki village in Tamenglong District on April 11,
the ZUF said that the army personnel might have been killed by
their own bullets as its cadres had not fired a single bullet
at the SFs on the day. ZUF also alleged that the civilian
was killed by the SFs after capturing him. In a statement, information
and publicity secretary of ZUF, A Longmei said that on April 11,
the RR and Special Force led by Major Amit Deswal waylaid and
ambushed cadres of ZTF. The SF personnel fired indiscriminately
towards the ZTF cadres in which one civilian namely, Lalchuailo
Neihsial, of Lenglong village was killed on the spot. Two civilians
were requested by the ZTF cadres just to lead the way to their
destination/camp after returning from normal duty and the two
as local people had shown their respect and cooperation and happily
agreed and led the way, it said. The ZUF also denied the allegations
levelled by the KSO that the ZUF cadres picked up the two civilians
forcibly. At the same time, the outfit condoled the demise of
Lalchuailo Neihsial. When the SFs started firing at the ZTF cadres
from unknown directions, the ZTF cadres along with the two civilians
tried to withdraw from the spot unconditionally without any reiteration.
But the Indian Army captured one civilian and killed him later,
it said. The ZTF cadres did not shoot back even a single bullet
as they didn’t know from where and in which direction and from
which party the attack came from. All the cadres of ZTF reached
their designated camp safe and sound. There is no casualty on
the side of the ZTF. It is certain that Major Amit Deswal and
other personnel might have been killed by the bullet of the security
personnel itself as there was no retaliation from the side of
the ZTF, it said. The Indian Army blatantly blamed the ZUF to
save the image of the Indian Army from the mistake committed by
them. Also the Indian Army has termed the ZUF as a terrorist group/organization
through a national TV channel on April 14 which is inappropriate,
Unidentified assailants placed a hand grenade
at the residential compound of Hanjabam Kalachand (57) of Wangkhei
Hijam Leirak in Imphal East District. Manipur Police bomb disposal
squad retrieved the bomb and exploded it at Nongmaiching Hill
||Based on specific intelligence
regarding movement of the UG cadres, troops of the 29 AR of 28 Sector
AR launched an operation in general area of Aibol Joupi village
in Chandel District and arrested three MNRF cadres along with warlike
stores. The cadres were identified as 'self-styled sergeant major'
Athoi alias Wangshumi (26), resident of Leihaoram in Ukhrul;
'self-styled sergeant' Wasingam (30), resident of Chakhama in Ukhrul
and 'self-styled sergeant' Reinsing (20), resident of Kalhang in
Ukhrul. A civil guide for UG cadres identified as Tongjathang (30),
resident of Thingphil in Myanmar was also arrested by the troops.
He was guiding the UG cadres to reach their destination. One AK
56 series Assault Rifle along with two magazines, one AK 81 (5.56
mm) along with two magazines, one HK 33 Assault Rifle (5.56 mm)
along with two magazines, one hundred twenty numbers of 5.56mm ammunition,
sixty numbers of 7.62mm ammunition, one Chinese hand grenade and
another incriminating articles were recovered from their possession.
The JCB driver abducted by unidentified assailants
was found dead near Lhangnom village under Saikul Police Station
in Senapati District. The body of PA Chinaoshang alias
Ashang, of Pharung Village in Ukhrul District engaged in Sanakeithel-Leisan
PMGSY road construction work was abducted from Songphel Quarry
in Ukhrul District on March 3. UKLF-MC claimed responsible in
the abduction of the driver, but many Kuki organisations including
UKLF and KRA reportedly expressed their unawareness of the existence
Appealing once again to all the insurgents in
the State for talks, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said that if
there is a problem, then there must be definitely a solution for
the problem and this is what he believes. The CM was speaking
at BOAT, as the chief guest at the programme "An Evening of Music
and Meditation for Peace with Sri Ravi Shankar". Sri Ravi Shankar
also while addressing the gathering said he would welcome all
the insurgent groups of Manipur to come for a dialogue. Running
away in the forest will not solve the problem so let us sit together,
he said, adding that happiness and prosperity would not come by
The hills and the valley together form Manipur,
people of both the hills and the valley are children of one mother,
said Mohammad Sayeed Ahamad Sheikh, the spokesperson of AMMDC
in a press release. Stating that all communities have been sharing
the pains and the joys of one another, the statement said that
in recent times the State has witnessed some unwanted incidents
between the Meiteis and the Meitei Pangals at Lilong and Mayang
Imphal due to some carelessness. It has appealed to all communities
of the State to let these unfortunate incidents be the last of
such tensions and show the world there is no communal tension
in Manipur. It also said that the committee condemns all individuals
and groups who are trying to create a rift among the communities
of the State.
Two militants of the NRFM were also arrested by
a team of State Police commandos during a search operation at
Tera Sadokpam Leikai in Imphal West District. Nongthonbam Lakhen
Singh (45) of Ghari Makha Leikai and Nongmeikapam Sanjoy Singh
alias Amuba (47) of Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai were intercepted
by the Police commandos in the area based on reliable information.
The militant group was involved in serving demand letters to the
government offices and NGOs in Imphal West District. Some incriminating
documents of the NRFM and a motorcycle were recovered from the
One person was assaulted and abandoned dead at
Waikhong Uyung Khunou under Waikhong Police Station in Thoubal
District. The deceased bore several bruise marks all over his
body and later was identified as Chirom Amuba alias Blackcat alias
Ibohal Singh (40) of Waikhong Ningthoumanai in Mamang Leikai.
He is said to be a former member of an UG outfit.
A family has claimed that their under-aged daughter
was abducted from Mayang Imphal Thongkhong in Imphal District
on March 8. Speaking to media persons at the Manipur Press Club,
the mother said although the family has identified the name of
the abductor, the concerned authorities have failed to take any
action till date. She appealed to the concerned authorities to
trace out her daughter.
Suspected armed Kuki militant hijacked a bolero
pick-up before assaulting those women who were flower sellers
and transporting flowers to Imphal at Keithelmanbi under Kangpokpi
Police Station in Sadar Hills District. The victims were identified
as Dikho Lophro and Sani Kaisa of Kaibi Village and Besii Chofoza
of Shajouba village while the driver has been identified as Hepunii
of Kaibi Village. Police later recovered the hijacked vehicle.
A self-style 'corporal' of UNLF militant identified
as Ningthoujam Priyananda alias Amutombi alias Laidaba
(30) of Kongba in Imphal, involved in attacks on SFs at various
places, was arrested by a joint force of State Police commandos
and AR personnel from Wangoo parking in Chandel District. One
.32 pistol along with magazine loaded with two live rounds and
one Chinese hand grenade were also recovered from his possession.
Three troopers of the 11th Battalion of AR were
injured when a powerful bomb believed to be an IED exploded Moreh
in Chandel District. The explosion took place close to the Indo-Myanmar
gate number 1 located near T Minou village under Moreh Police
Station. The injured AR troopers have been identified as Naik
Subedar Puskar Singh Rawat, Havildar S Kajor and rifleman Bipul
Biswas. AR sources suspect hands of some underground outfit behind
the explosion. However, no armed group operating in the State
has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.
The CorCom has boycotted President of India Pranab
Mukherjee's scheduled visit to Manipur (Kangleipak) on April 23
(Khongjom Day). Pointing out that Manipuri soldiers fought the
Battle of Khongjom fully knowing that they had no chance of winning
against the much superior British Army, the CorCom has called
upon the people of Manipur to ponder on the messages inherent
in the historic battle.
The legalised border trade between Manipur and
Myanmar was brought to a standstill; due to the 12-hour bandh
called by several voluntary organisations in the northeastern
state. The shutdown was called to protest five bomb blasts triggered
near Hollenphai village in Manipur on April 20 that injured three
troopers of Assam Rifles. All private and commercial vehicles
along the trans-Asian highway from Imphal capital city to border
town of Moreh were off the road. While hundreds of tourists and
traders could not leave Imphal, many others, who were to return
to the state capital, were stranded at Moreh.
Salesman of a hard-ware store of Kanglatongbi,
Shantipur in Imphal West District was shot at by some unidentified
assailants. Five persons who came in a car entered into the hardware
store and tried to abduct salesman Rakesh Shah (17) at gun point.
As Rakesh resisted the unidentified assailants, a tussle ensued
and one of the assailants drew out a gun and fired at Rakesh.
Rakesh was hit by a bullet on the thigh and he was taken to Raj
Medicity. It is suspected that the salesman was shot in connection
with a monetary demand.
The boycott call of the President's Khongjom Day
visit to the State by CorCom affected normal life in the State.
Passenger services including both the Inter-State and Inter-district
vehicles and auto-rickshaws stayed off the roads, except for a
few personal vehicles and passenger auto-rickshaws. Business establishments
and the Bazar areas also remained closed for the day. However,
no untoward incident has been reported during the boycott.
The NSCN-K, Shepoumaramth Region has asked general
public, government departments, employees, contractors, suppliers,
business establishments and NGOs which fall under the jurisdiction
of the region to pay taxes to the Regional Government without
fail so that the cause of Naga sovereignty can progress further.
According to a statement issued by the outfit to the press, every
collection of taxes will be done only through the knowledge of
the Regional Head/Chairman of the GPRN/NSCN, Shepoumaramth Region.
The Shepoumaramth Region, NSCN-K would stand firmly and gives
steadfast support for the cause of Naga National Sovereignty under
the unwavering leadership of SS Khaplang, it said. Anybody who
is found wanting to this national duty is liable to be penalized
and dealt accordingly as per the Government Azha, the statement
said. The outfit also extended best wishes and support to all
the fraternal revolutionary organizations of the region which
are fighting together for the liberation of the oppressed people
of the region.
A powerful hand grenade was hurled at the outpatient
department at the RIMS in Imphal, but no one was injured in the
attack. Unidentified assailants hurled the grenade. Sources said
bombs have been regularly hurled at this medical college under
the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as insurgent
groups accuse hospital officials of indulging in corruption and
Army personnel busted an improvised weapon making
factory and recovered war-like stores in a major operation at
Phaijang village in Senapati District. The recovery included of
two 9mm pistols, two partially complete pistols, one drill machine,
one vice (furnace marking machine) and two magazine frames. Three
files, two Hacksaw blades, 23 alphabet punching tools, two weapon
bodies, two barrels, three recoil spring, one weapon alignment
machine, two 9mm magazine and miscellaneous tools used for making
such improvised weapons were also seized during the raid. The
factory was used solely for forging weapons for supply to militant
outfits operating in Sadar Hills, an official release said.
An active cadre of KNF-P was arrested by another
team of the Army. The militant, identified as Paominthang Singson
(35) of Keithelmanbi of the same District, was responsible for
firing related injury to a person that occurred at Shantipur in
Imphal West district on April 22 last month. One 9mm pistol and
three live rounds were recovered from the cadre who has been handed
over to Imphal Police Station.
A team of Manipur Police commandos arrested one
Mohammad Ithem Khan (28) from Sangakpham Bazaar in Imphal East
District. Based on the disclosure of the arrested man, one .32
pistol was recovered from the foothills of Heingang foothills
in the District. Investigations also revealed that the man was
involved in extortion activities.
The JAC formed in connection with the alleged
killing of B Pittaranjan alias Korabin whose body was recovered
in a partially decomposed manner has called a 36 hour State-wide
bandh starting 6am of April 28. In the meanwhile, the JAC
also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.
One bomb exploded near the Assam Rifles transit
camp of Minuthong under Imphal Police Station in Imphal East District.
According to Police, the bomb exploded just outside the brick
wall of the transit camp at the foot of a tree. However, there
is no report of any casualty. It is suspected that bomb was a
low intensity IED or a hand grenade.
An activist of the newly floated TPLA was arrested.
He was identified as Chungminlun Khongsai (44), who has already
confessed to being a member of the outfit and involved in extortion
at Kangpokpi, Motbung and Saparmeina areas of Senapati District.
The militant was handed over to Imphal Police Station for further
The Shepoumaramth region of the NSCN-K has cautioned
the CEO of Senapati District and his staff at the district council,
Senapati against corruption. In a statement, the outfit said that
the officer and his staff have deducted a huge amount of money
from the salaries of the teachers and set May 10 as the deadline
to give a clarification. The outfit also questioned the public
leaders and other frontal organisations why they did not raise
their voice against the rampant corruption.
DGAR, Lieutenant General Harminderjit Singh Sachdev
said that India and Myanmar have started joint border patrolling
in some stretches of the “unfenced border” between both the countries.
“In some places (joint border patrolling) it has started but not
fully. The patrolling has not started all over, but in some specific
areas. They (Myanmarese Army) also come and we also go there (Myanmar),”
Sachdev said on the sidelines of investiture ceremony of the Assam
Rifles. India has been urging Myanmar to take action against the
rebels which include Manipur-based UNLF, PLA, KYKL, PREPAK; Assam-based
ULFA and the NSCN-K operating from Sagaing division and the Chin
State of Myanmar.
Red Shield Division arrested one active cadre
of TPLA, identified as Helam Khongsai (36) of Kangpokpi during
an operation carried out in Sadar Hills in Senapati District.
Based on specific inputs regarding presence of a suspected cadre
of TPLA at Kalapahar market in the District, the SFs arrested
the cadre while he tried to run away from the location, said a
statement issued by the PIB-DW. One point 22 mm rifle, one magazine
and four live rounds were recovered from the cadre.
The KNLF issued a rejoinder to the reported press
statement issued by UKLF on April 25 and claimed that the KNLF/KNO
accepted that the Kukis are one of the group of the recognised
tribal in India and believed in the Kuki movement for political
goal; understand and respect all other fellow tribal communities
unlike the UKLF who was trust by none due to its past deeds and
are not in the good book of the Kukis. It claimed that in regards
to the formation of ADC in respect to Chandel District, the KNLF
knew that the majority member INC has formed its Government and
is expected to work for the people irrespective of caste and creed.
A hand grenade was discovered by a farmer at Thamnapokpi
Mayai Leikai in Bishnupur District. Police said the farmer was
ploughing his land with a spade when he accidentally hit the grenade
which was buried in the ground. Bomb squad personnel of Manipur
Police later retrieved the grenade and safely detonated it after
taking it to an isolated place.
On the occasion of the International Workers’
Day (May Day), the CorCom called upon all the workers and peasants
of Manipur to unite together for the sake of future generations.
A statement issued by CorCom media coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba conveyed
warm greetings to all workers and peasants of the world. Peasants
and workers should be allowed to take central positions in the
process of economic development of any country. There may not
be a single wealthy man in a country, but the working class people
are indispensable for the survival of any country. The CorCom
highlighted the growing need to groom a vibrant work culture and
replace all migrant workers engaged in both public sectors and
private sectors by the people of the land. This would certainly
help in ameliorating the economic condition of the State. “Otherwise
our people would continue to lead a wretched life of slavery”,
Red Shield Division arrested two active cadres
of KUFO, a non SoO group, in an operation carried out in Sadar
Hills from Daili village of Senapati District. The PIB-DW release
said that the Jwalamukhi Battalion launched an operation and successfully
arrested the two active cadres identified as Lamkhokai Sithlou
(19) of Kangpokpi and Satkholen Lhouvum (32) of Lasan village
under Tamei Police Station in Tamenglong District. They were arrested
along with one AK-47, one magazine of AK-47, one 9 mm SMC, one
magazine of SMC, one 9 mm pistol, one magazine of 9 mm pistol,
fifteen live rounds of AK-47, five live rounds of SMC and three
live rounds of 9 mm pistol.
Based on specific intelligence regarding movement
of the UG cadres in general area of Wangoi and Samurau of Imphal
West District, a combined team of the 12 Bihar Regiment of 9 Sector
AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S and Wangoi Police
Commandos under the supervision of 12 Bihar Regiment and ASP,
Imphal West District launched counter insurgency operations in
the area, and arrested six militants of the KYKL. During the operation,
a vehicle check post was established at Oinam and the team arrested
an active cadre and two OWGs of KYKL.
The KNF which had been accused of the April 22
evening Shantipur shooting and extortion incident in Imphal West
District; clarified its non-involvement in the incident and strongly
decried the arrest and detention of its cadre in connection with
the incident. The outfit JMG member, Rohan Kuki categorically
denied the organization’s involvement in the Kanglatongbi Shantipur
shooting and extortion incident where a young student of Manipur
Public School, Koirengei, Rakesh Shah (17), sustained bullet injury.
He said the allegations levelled against the front are baseless
and an attempt to tarnish the image of the organization.
A hand grenade lobbed by some unidentified assailants
exploded just off the verandah of one Ngangom Nilachandra (50)
of Irengbam Makha Leikai under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur
District. Although some portions of the verandah were damaged
by the blast, there was no report of human casualty. It is reported
that a KCP faction left a demand letter of INR one million at
his residential gate on February 18 this year. In the meanwhile,
local womenfolk staged a protest demonstration at Irengbam Makha
Leikai community hall against the grenade attack.
Suspected militants of KNF-D abducted a JCB driver
engaged in road widening works from Bongbal village under Singhat
sub-division in Churachandpur District. Driver Kh Tondonba Singh
hailing from Pukhao Naharup was staying at a makeshift camp of
the labourers engaged in the road improvement work under PMGSY
in the area. Police suspects that the militant group abducted
the driver following refusal by the contractor to pay ransom to
the militant group. The contract of the road widening was awarded
to a special contractor T Lala of Lingsiphai village of Churachandpur.
The UNC condemned in the strongest terms the abduction
and murder of truck driver PA Chinaoshang (38) of Pharung village
under Ukhrul District. Chinaoshang was abducted by unidentified
assailants from a labour camp at Shongphel village on April 3
and later his body was recovered in a decomposed state at Lhangnom
village on April 18, UNC general secretary S Milan said in a statement.
In addition, The UNC also condemns the barbaric and brutal killing
of A Ngairaisung (33) of Phalee village under Somdal Police Station
and MK Lungrei (40) of Hungpung village under Ukhrul Police Station
on April 22 last by unidentified gunmen.
JCILPS announced a 42-hour State-wide public curfew
with effect from May 5 midnight. JCILPS convenor Khomdram Ratan
said that the public curfew has been announced to denounce Government’s
delaying tactics regarding implementation of ILPS in the State.
Saying that the public curfew would be effective till 6 pm of
May 7, Ratan said that religious activities, medical, fire, water
supply, power department and other essential services would be
exempted from the purview of the public curfew.
Based on reliable information about the presence
of cadres of PLA/RPF organisation in and around North AOC area,
a team of Imphal West Police detained one person who was seen
moving in a suspicious manner in front of Tampha Hotel. During
the verification, he identified himself as Yengkhom Bhogen Singh
(45) of Lilong Chajing Awang Leikai and revealed that he is a
cadre of PLA/RPF, working under the command of self-styled ‘captain’
Emos. According to his revelation, another active member of PLA/RPF
namely Hanjabam Shamungou Sharma (43) of Kyamgei Mayai Leikai
was arrested from his residence and on his disclosure, one pistol
along with magazine and four live rounds of 9mm ammunition was
recovered. Investigation revealed that both of them had extorted
huge amounts of money from the government officials, businessmen,
transport agencies and travel agencies in North AOC area.
Based on reliable information, a combined team
of Imphal East District Police commando and 45 AR conducted search
operation in and around Khurai Lamlong Bazar and arrested one
active member of UNLF, identified as Sorokhaibam Chingkhei Singh
alias Aoupa alias Haokip (24) of Kongpal Chingambam
Leikai in front of Friendship Educational School, Tinsid Road
in Khurai. Investigation revealed that he has extorted INR 15,000
from the Pradhan of Khurai Chingambam Leikai Gram Panchayat
in March, 2016 and had also extorted huge amounts of money from
the general public.
The 48-hour Manipur bandh called by the
JAC on the death of a youth in Imphal affected the normal life
in the State. The bandh was called in protest against the
State Government’s failure to find out the facts and circumstances
leading to the death of S Prasanta alias Abung in Imphal
West District. He was found hanging from a tree in Thoubal District
in a suspicious manner on April 24.
Armed MCP-M claimed its hand on the bomb attack
at Route 39 restaurant at Mantripukhri in Imphal West District,
and alleged that the restaurant has become a drug haven patronized
by the present government. The outfit in a statement signed by
its Secretary Publicity & Propaganda Nonglen Meitei contended
that the daring bomb attack was carried out by its urban militia
to teach a befitting lesson to the restaurant owners following
complaints from sections of the society about immoral activities
going on in the place. It is a well known fact that two relatives
of the ruling party are the biggest drug mafia ‘’Dons’’. The people
were taken by surprise when a competent Police officer was transferred
after he and his team seized contraband drugs at Imphal Airport.
The team was also dissolved following the drug haul, the statement
said. Appealing to the public to distance itself from the drug
marketing centre to avoid untoward incidents, the outfit vowed
to wipe out the centre for drug trafficking once for all.
A hand grenade was recovered from the residential
gate of former IFCD Additional Chief Engineer Akham Nilamani of
Sagolband Moirang Leirak in Imphal West District. A yellow envelope
was found nearby and it was written with the words “Nongmaithem
Jayenta Chief Medical Officer of Thoubal, Your life is danger”.
The CMO Dr Nongmaithem Jayenta’s residence is located just two
AR troopers recovered an IED along Pangaltabi
road in Thoubal District.
Two drivers of dumper trucks, identified as Mohammad
Sabir (26) and Mohammad Indra Ahmad (45), and a helper, identified
as Mohammad Akbar (21), who were abducted by suspected cadres
of NSCN-R from Pallel Forest Gate on May 5, were rescued by a
combined team of Thoubal commandos and Chandel District Police
from Tuisimi village in Chandel District. It is suspected that
they were abducted in connection with a monetary demand.
Right after the surrender of three cadres of the
underground PLA to security officials, six more militants from
different outfits lay down their arms before the DGP of Manipur,
Y Joykumar and IGAR-S Major General CA Krishnan today at IGAR-S
Mantripukhri. Those who surrendered included three cadres from
the PLA, two from the KCP and one from the UPPK, a signatory of
the MoU with the GoI and Manipur since 2013. The cadres were identified
as Huidrom Awangamba (23) of Sandangkhong Sugnu in Thoubal District,
who was a cadre of the PLA since 2007 and surrendered along with
one 9 mm gun, magazine and four live rounds. His army number was
2935 and he belonged to the 35th batch of the PLA who trained
in Burma; Laishram Priyobrata alias Meino Meitei (32) of
Chairel Khongnang Leikai Sugnu in Thoubal District, whose army
no. was 2287 of the PLA. He surrendered with one 9 mm pistol with
magazine and two live rounds; and ‘lieutenant corporal’ Haobijam
Gyaneshore Meitei alias Sanahan alias Lamyanba (19)
of Napet Sugnu in Bishnupur District of PLA outfit army no. 2905.
The cadres of the KCP are Private Heigrujam Ngongo Meitei alias
Tondonba (20) of Sugnu Napet in Bishnupur District, KCP 163 Bn.
Batch no.16 who trained in Burma; Private Ningthoujam Dolen Singh
alias Chinglen (21) of Napet Mayai Lambi Sugnu in Bishnupur
District, army no. 2040 of KCP who is trained in Burma. The UPPK
cadre was identified as RK Naochouba alias Indrajit (27)
of Chajing Narang Konjin in Wangoi in Imphal West District, UPPK
Batch no. 22, who surrendered with one AK 47 and magazine and
20 live rounds of ammunition.
Central Government is implementing a scheme in
the northeast for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants. Kiren
Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs said in a written reply
to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) that
the objective of the scheme was to wean away the misguided youth
who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them to
the mainstream. He also said “Surrenderees are paid monthly stipend
upto INR 4,000 for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant
upto INR 250,000 is kept in a bank in the name of each surrenderee
as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.” Eligible persons under
the scheme are initially lodged in a rehabilitation camp where
they are trained in a trade/vocation of their liking or befitting
their aptitude. The eligible surrendered militants would also
be given the opportunity for applying in the State police/Central
Para Military forces. Impact assessment of the policy would be
done every year to ensure corrective measures in the scheme provided.
Mohammad Tarique Khan (15) of Irong Khunou, who
has been missing since May 2, was freed by his abductors at Heiningsoipat
in Imphal-West District. Tarique told that he went to Leima Shopping
complex to buy some goods on May 2, when he was abducted by three
armed assailants from near the shopping complex. Convenor of the
JAC constituted against the incident, Mohammad Junab Ali questioned
how a 15-year-old boy could be easily abducted in broad light
from a busy street of Imphal. Saying that the incident indicates
that the SF personnel are not vigilant enough to protect the common
people, he urged the Government to instruct the SF personnel to
be alert. He also urged the Government to trace the abductors
and award befitting punishment at the earliest.
A team of Police commandos arrested a member
of RPF from Nongdam under Porompat Police Station in Imphal
IPAK said that Naga and Kuki people were also
in favour of implementation of ILPS in the State. Addressing a
press conference at their Keishampat office, IPAK chairman Sapamcha
Jadumani said that Kuki Inpi Manipur submitted a memorandum to
the Prime Minister regarding the matter in 2011. On the other
hand, UNC’s general assembly of 2011-12 also took resolutions
in support of ILPS implementation, he said.
A JCB driver, Kh Tontonba Singh, was freed by
suspected militants, after he remained in captivity for eight
days, near Churachandpur town in Churachandpur District. He alleged
that he was abducted over a monetary demand. Tontonba claimed
that the armed abductors wanted money from the contractor who
engaged him for PMGSY work at Luigam village in Churachandpur
District. A group of about five armed persons abducted him from
a work shed at Luigam on May 3 midnight.
One active member of KNF-N was arrested at Nongbram
village in Thoubal District by Manipur Police commandos and troops
of AR. The cadre was allegedly involved in transportation of arms
and ammunition for the outfit. A member of the MDF faction of
the KYKL was also arrested from Uyumpok in Imphal East District.
Based on the statement of the militant, another KYKL militant
was arrested from Pukhao Laipham in the District. Police said
that the duo was allegedly involved in extorting INR 5,000 from
the teaching staff of primary schools.
The UNC vowed to resist tooth and nail any move
by the Manipur Government to convert the three ‘controversial’
Bills into Acts. The Naga body’s statement after Manipur Government’s
decision to send an all-party delegation to New Delhi on May 16,
to the Centre to pass the Bills and enact them. “Our position
is still unchanged. We’ll oppose tooth and nail any policy of
the Manipur Government that can turn the Bills into Acts, UNC
president Gaidon Kamei said. He made it clear that UNC has no
any intention to hurt the aspiration of any particular community
in Manipur other than its stance to go against the State Government’s
plan that could disrupt the sentiments of the tribal people. “It’s
very clear that we’ll never compromise our stand,” he reiterated.
Gaidon Kamei then expressed his dismay over the campaigns to convert
the three Bills even as the nine bodies, killed in Police action,
are still lying at the morgue in Churachandpur.
Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL cadre,
identified as Kongkham Domorendro alias Apabi
(45) during an operation at Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal West
District. Police team recovered one 9mm pistol along with a magazine
and three live rounds and three Chinese hand grenades from his
house. Domorendro revealed that he is an active member of KYKL
working under the command of ‘self styled captain’ of KYKL, Khundrakpam
Somorjit alias Santa Macha alias Radha
of Thanga Lawai Sabal Leikai. Somorjit is presently staying in
Tamu in Myanmar.
A KYKL cadre, identified as Leimapokpam Rajendro
alias Ibungo (31) was also arrested from his house in Imphal
West District. During the spot inquiry, Rajendro stated that he
joined KYKL under one Soibam Arun (45) from his locality and presently
working under the command of ‘self styled captain’ Khundrakpam
Somorjit alias Santa Macha alias Radha
of Thanga Lawai Sabal Leikai. The source said that Rajendro had
admitted that he along with Domorendro had served demand letters
and made demand calls to various educational institutions, oil
pumps and hotels under the instruction of Somorjit.
India and Bangladesh began a five-day dialogue
in Dhaka (Bangladesh) between border guarding forces over a host
of security issues, including drug trafficking and cattle smuggling
across the over 4,000-km frontier the two neighbours share. A
21-member delegation led by BSF Chief KK Sharma on May 11 reached
Dhaka to hold the talks at the Pilkhana-based headquarters of
their counterpart BGB. The 23-member Bangladeshi delegation is
being led by BGB Chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed.
The situation along the Indo-Bangla boundary
has improved after the two sides signed an agreement on exchange
of border enclaves. The Indian team, including officials from
the UMHA and border enforcement agencies, will discuss measures
to further enhance security along the border and brief the BGB
delegation about measures put in place to completely stop instances
of cattle smuggling and other illegal substances across the boundary.
Indian delegation sources said that the BGB is expected to raise
the issue of bringing about a complete halt on border killing
incidents and suggest enforcement of some strict security protocols
by both the sides to achieve this goal. “A host of issues relating
to activities of Indian insurgent groups suspected to be operating
from the other side, smuggling of fake Indian currency, drugs
and other banned items will be discussed,” they said.
The Myanmarese Parliament approved a decision
to join the BIMSTEC Convention on cooperation in combating international
terrorism, transnational organised crime and drug trafficking.
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and
Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Myanmar's Deputy Home Affairs
Minister General Aung Soe told: "BIMSTEC can increase cooperation
with the international community and promote the country's stability
and security. It will benefit the nation and the region".
The Imphal West District Police commandos reportedly
arrested three active cadres of KNF-D, who were involved in abduction
of PRO of Singhat MLA, from Nongpok Engkhon in New checkon area
in Imphal East District. The arrested cadres have been identified
as one Lunliansiam Vaiphei (21), Tingngaineng Vaiphei wife of
(L) Thanglalian Vaiphei alias Avi Vaiphei and
Letkhogin Vaiphei alias Agin, all resident of
Salam Patong village in Senapati District. They revealed to have
involved in the abduction of PRO of MLA Singhat and one JCB driver
from Churachandpur District, said the sources adding that they
further revealed that they took ransom for the release of one
JCB Driver (who was abducted by their cadres from Churachandpur).
Rupees four lakh and forty seven thousand only (INR 447,000/-)
containing in a bag, four (4) numbers of Demand letters of KNF
( Democrats) and four (4) numbers of Mobile phones, were reportedly
recovered from their possession.
A public movement demanding implementation of
the ILPS continues in the State, with the staging of a mass sit-in
between Keishampat to Hiyangthang along the Imphal-Mayai Lambi
route in Imphal West District. The JAC on ILPS is spearheading
the ongoing public movement in the State. The supporters of the
movement also raised slogans demanding enactment of three pending
Bills. On May 9, all political parties met in Imphal and resolved
to depute a delegation led by the Chief Minister to urge the central
authority in Delhi to give assent to the three pending Bills passed
by Manipur Assembly on August 31 last year. The Bills in question
are – the Protection of Manipur People’s Bill, 2015; The Manipur
Land Revenue & Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 and
The Manipur Shops and Establishment (MS&E) (2nd Amendment)
Though Bangladesh is no longer a preferred route
for the militants and criminals to bring in weapons to the Northeast,
the porous international border with Myanmar is still a major
worry as sophisticated weapons are still being brought into the
region through that route and security agencies suspect that Dimapur
in Nagaland is the hub of clandestine arms dealers. Highly placed
security sources said that at one point of time, the militants
used to bring in weapons to the Northeast through Bangladesh,
but that has almost stopped in recent times as the security along
the international border has been intensified, while the present
Government in that country has also launched a crackdown against
those involved in such arms smuggling.
But the porous border with Myanmar remains a
cause of concern as militant groups as well as criminals are still
bringing in weapons to the region through that country. The arms
smugglers mostly use the Nagaland-Myanmar and Manipur-Myanmar
borders to smuggle in weapons. Dimapur is still suspected to be
the main hub of arms smugglers in the region from where the smuggled
weapons are sent to the other states of the region. According
to information available with the security agencies, one AK series
rifle costs around three lakh rupees in the clandestine market,
while a pistol costs around one lakh to 1.50 lakh rupees depending
on the quality. One grenade costs around 30 thousand rupees.
Troops of 17 AR of 10 Sector AR under the aegis
of headquarters of IGAR-S seized arms, ammunition and contraband
items during a search operation conducted at Songphel in Senapati
District. One person identified as Lelin Khongsai of Songphel
village was arrested along with these items. The seized items
were one 7.62 mm pistol (country made), one 7 mm air rifle (country
made), manufacturing spats metal burner, barrel drilling machine
and other weapons equipment, electric wire bundle, 19 FCC of 7.62
mm, 60 FCC of SBBL gun, three rifle barrels, 16 spare batteries,
weapon butt of SBBL gun, six mobile phones without battery and
SIM cards, 211 kilograms of Ganja, 450 grams of opium and other
The JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills sought the
cooperation of the general public to its call for bandh in
tribal areas of Manipur starting from midnight of May 16, 2016
till the midnight of May 18, 2016. In a press release, the JAC
informed that selected services and activities that have been
exempted from the scope of the shut down in the interest of the
general public are medical services including medical emergencies
and check-ups, water supply, media houses, postal service, telecom,
electricity, airport pickup and drop, ongoing exams (both students
and teachers/invigilators), marriage ceremonies and pre-planned
Lourembam Enterprises, a furniture house located
at Kyamgei Awang Leikai under Singjamei Police Station in Imphal
East District, was attacked by unidentified assailants by hurling
a hand grenade. The furniture house belongs to one Lourembam Rame
(42) of Kyamgei. However, there was no report of any casualty.
One IED exploded in front of a private transport
company at Thangal Keithel in Imphal and another at the no man’s
land near the border town of Moreh in Chandel District. However,
there is no report of any casualty, sources informed. The powerful
IED exploded in front of the office of RCM on Thangal Keithel-Khoyathong
Road at around 4.15 am. Even though the steel shutter of the office
and window panes of some adjacent buildings were damaged, there
was no report of any human casualty. Although it is not known
yet who is responsible for the blast, it is suspected that the
IED blast was related with monetary demand. Another IED exploded
at the no man’s land just 100 metres beyond border pillar 78 along
Indo-Myanmar border near Moreh in Chandel District at around 11.15
am. Soon after the blast, combined team of Police and 11 AR personnel
cordoned off the area and carried out a search operation.
Troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion under the aegis
of Senapati Brigade, Red Shield Division arrested an active cadre
of KLF-Bryan in an operation carried out. According to a statement
issued by the PIB-DW, based on specific input regarding presence
of a suspected cadre of KLF-Bryan in a house at Thomjang (Motbung),
an operation was launched by troops of Jwalamukhi Battalion. On
being challenged by the troops, the individual tried to flee from
the location but was chased down and successfully arrested, ‘self-styled
Private’ Haopu Mate (25) of Nomjang Police Station in Dalai in
Karbi Anglong District (Assam). He confessed of working under
the command of ‘self-styled Commander-in-Chief’ Laminthang Chongloi alias Bryan.
Suspected militants ambushed a BSF patrol party
at Heirok in Thoubal District along the India-Myanmar border.
The BSF personnel escaped unhurt. Police sources said the militants
hurled two bombs at the patrol party of the 50 Bn BSF returning
from a foot patrol to their camp. Besides, a few shots were also
fired from automatic rifles. The patrolling party fired in return
but the militants managed to escape. Meanwhile, all Police Stations
and camps of the SFs were put on alert.
At least four persons, including three women
were injured as ILPS strike supporters confronted with the
Police, the first day of the 38-hour “Sintha Leppa” strike call
given by JCILPS. Hundreds of protestors came to the street to
impose the ‘Sintha Leppa’ demanding immediate implementation of
ILP in the state and enactment of three bills related for protection
of indigenous people in Manipur. The protestors blocked movement
of all sort of vehicles including those belonging to Police and
SFs. Four protestors were injuries when the Police used tear gas
shells to disperse them from blocking the road at Keishampat Junction.
All shops and business establishments, educational institutions,
banks and financial institutions remained close for the day. However,
the strike had no impact in the hill Districts except non-arrival
of inter-District service vehicles originating from Imphal for
At least six personnel of 29 AR, including one
JCO, were killed, and another seven personnel were injured in
an ambush laid by militants at Hengshi village, near the India-Myanmar
border, in the Chakpikarong tehsil of Chandel District.
A convoy of AR while returning after assessing a landslide area
in Holingjang to the Battalion headquarters location at Joupi,
a village in Chakpikarong tehsil in Chandel District had
an encounter with suspected valley based insurgent groups. In
the ensuing fire fight, one and five soldiers were martyred. The
troops retaliated but the insurgents managed to get away under
thick forest cover and bad weather. The militants exploded IEDs
before they rained bullets on the AR convoy. Another source said
that the suspected militants take away one Light Machine Gun,
four AK Rifles and one INSAS Rifle along with ammunition when
they escaped inside the thick jungle. The deceased AR personnel
have been identified as Subedar Baldev Kumar Sharma (Himachal
Pradesh), Rifleman Pawan Kumar (Jammu), Rifleman Mahesh Gurung,
Rifleman Bhupendra Kumar (Himachal Pradesh), Rifleman Akhilesh
Pandey (Uttar Pradesh) and Havildar Suraj Bariya. The CorCom,
a conglomerate body of several underground outfits has claimed
its hand behind the ambush. CorCom said that the ambush was carried
out by a JFF and added that six personnel including one JCO were
UHM Rajnath Singh directed SFs to take "strongest
possible action" against militants involved in the killing
of six AR personnel in Manipur. Singh reviewed the situation with
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other top officials in
the security establishment following the killing of a JCO and
five AR personnels in the ambush in Chandel District
close to Indo-Myanmar border, official sources said. The UHM Singh
also spoke to AR Director General, who apprised him of the situation
and action taken so far.
After its strike threw life out of gear for two
days, the Joint Committee on ILPS now trained its guns on the
political parties in its next step to intensify its agitation.
The committee, a public conglomerate spearheading a public movement
for getting the President's assent to three bills on the lines
of ILP, which were passed by the Assembly on August 31 last year,
announced its next course of agitation. The Protection of Manipur
People Bill, The Manipur Land Reforms and Land Revenue (Seventh
Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment)
Bill are now awaiting President Pranab Mukherjee's assent. "We
will close down party offices in the state from tomorrow (May
23). We will also close government offices," Khomdram Ratan,
convener of the committee said. He said closure of the party offices
and government offices was aimed at paralysing the functioning
of political parties and the government.
SFs are carrying out combing operations to arrest the militants
involved in Chandel attack. Officials said the area had been cordoned
off to prevent them from crossing over to neighbouring Myanmar.
"The search operation has been going on since Sunday (May 22)
but there are deep jungles and rainy weather. So far no one has
been caught," one officer said. The attackers are said to have
taken away six automatic rifles - four AK series rifles, one INSAS
rifle and a Light Machine Gun - magazines and live rounds of ammunition
from the personnel of 29 Assam Rifles.
Kuki Civil Organizations of Chandel District condemned the Hengshi
ambush on May 22, in which militants killed 6 AR personnel in
the ambush. In a joint press statement, the KCA Khengjoi Block,
TSA Chandel District and KSO Khengjoi Block strongly condemned
carrying out an attack on AR personnel near Hengshi Village and
disturbing the peace and tranquility in the area.
The JCILPS appealed to all the people to carry
on the ongoing mass agitation relentlessly until the popular demand
is achieved in order to protect the indigenous peoples, their
political destiny, economy and identity. JCILPS further appealed
to all the people, local clubs, Meira Paibi (local women's pressure
group) groups and organisations to take out torch rallies in their
respective localities on May 23 starting from 7 pm. Subsequent
mass agitation would target political parties and Government offices,
said a press release issued by JCILPS, publicity affairs committee.
Four students and an equal number of SF personnel
were injured when Police fired tear gas and mock bombs at agitated
members of the JCILPS, mostly students and women, who tried to
storm the office of the BJP Manipur Pradesh at Keishampat in Imphal.
Another group of agitators also tried to storm the Manipur Pradesh
Congress Committee (I) office at BT Road in Imphal. In the meanwhile,
the All Manipur Nupi Marup staged a sit-in agitation at Irabot
Bhavan in Imphal today demanding implementation of ILP system
in the State.
Two days after the militant ambush in which six
AR personnels were killed, General Officer Commanding 3 Corps,
Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna admitted the attack was a "setback"
but pledged to hit back hard. "This type of casualty is a setback
for everyone. But we will get back (to the attackers) and when
we get back it will be hard," General Krishna said after paying
floral tributes to the martyred personnels. Militants ambushed
the Assam Rifles convoy led by commanding officer of 29 Assam
Rifles Colonel Rajeev Ranjan at Joupi in Chandel District on May
22, killing six personnel on the spot. The militants took away
six weapons. Terming the ambush as an act of cowardice, Chief
Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said, "We will not spare anyone who
is against the nation and behind such heinous acts."
The Police rounded up at least five student activists
taking part in the campaign demanding implementation of ILP in
Manipur even as pro-ILP campaigners continued to target office
of political parties. Of the five student activists two were picked
up on May 24, while the women and student activists of the JCILPS
attempting to storm BJP office were confronting with the Police.
The two students have been sent to jail after they were produced
in a local court on May 25. Three more student activists have
been picked up by the Police on May 25. One of them was picked
up while the ILP campaigners were demonstrating in front of Congress
Bhavan while the other two were detained after a verbal confrontation
at Takyel Leikai in Imphal West District where students of some
schools and colleges staged a demonstration on the road demanding
implementation of ILPS.
Around 100 students carried out a rally in the
area which police prevented them from further proceeding towards
Imphal on NH-37. On other hand, Police once again foiled a bid
to storm Congress Bhavan as pro-ILP campaigners continued to press
the political parties active in Manipur to go and press the Centre
for giving assent to the three bills passed by the state Assembly,
pending with the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Unable to proceed further
owing to the good number of Police personnel detained there, the
campaigners shouted various slogans toward the office while staging
a democratic protest.
The students' wing of the JCILPS set May 27 as
deadline for the representatives of the All Political Parties
Committee to meet the President and Prime Minister of India and
get their assent to the three bills. Speaking to media persons
at their office, Convenor of the students' wing Oinam Nandababu
warned that failure of the all parties committee to meet the deadline
will invite severe forms of agitations including storming residences
of political party leaders and lockdown of their offices. He said,
as part of the ongoing movement demanding implementation of the
ILPS in the State, it will be taking up other forms of agitations
in the State. They have taken note of the public reservations
on bandhs and general strikes, he added. He said, political parties
have failed to exert due pressure to the Central government to
give assent to the three bills passed by the Manipur Legislative
Assembly on August 31, 2015.
Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag
reviewed the security situation in Manipur where a combing operation
to arrest militants responsible for gunning down six AR personnel
in Chandel District on May 22 continued for the fourth day. Taking
strong note of the attack, General Suhag, who was earlier the
GOC of the 3 Corps based in Dimapur, stressed on the need to carry
out further intensive operation against those insurgent groups
active in the region.
One BSF personnel was injured when two IEDs exploded
in a paddy field near Betel High School at Itham Moirangpurel
under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. According
to reports, BSF personnel as usual were on a ROP duty through
a paddy field around 100 feet from the road when two IEDS planted
by UG cadres suddenly exploded. It is said that the IEDs were
triggered by remote control device. In the attack, an under training
IRB (Chandigarh) personnel attached to the 49 BN BSF post suffered
The CorCom has categorically stated on May 26,
that its strike capacity was demonstrated when a team of the JFF
operating under the committee's Joint Military Commission attacked
troops of 29 AR led by Colonel Ranjit in between Hengshi and Tuyang
under Khengjoi sub-division of Chandel District on May 22, where
six AR personnel including a JCO was killed apart from confiscating
one LMG, one INSAS Rifle and four AK-56 rifles. All the cadres
who took part in the attack which was carried out as a part of
'Operation Yenning' returned to a camp of JFF and they were accorded
a warm reception, conveyed a press release issued by CorCom media
coordinator Ksh Yoiheiba.
Reacting to news reports and claims of top Indian
military officers that some camps of militants located along Indo-Myanmar
border were busted on May 25, the CorCom dismissed the same news
reports as fabricated and baseless. It was just an attempt to
boost the sagging morale of Indian military forces, it asserted.
AR troops recovered an IED from Vanghoiphai village
on Imphal-Churachandpur road in Churachandpur District. Army bomb
disposal squad exploded the IED at a nearby secluded place safely,
said a source.
A combined team of Imphal West District Police
commandos and 45 Assam Rifles troops arrested the self styled
'general secretary' of KCP-MC and two cadres of PREPAK-Pro along
with a cache of explosive materials and a pistol. The arrested
PREPAK-Pro cadres have been identified as Naoroibam Joyshankar
alias Khougang alias Loyumba of Lairikyengbam Leikai and Kangabam
Roshan of Bamon Leikai Thangapat. The 'general secretary' of KCP-MC
has been identified as Wahengbam Ramananda alias Rousow alias
Luwangngngamba (40) of Kontha Ahallup. Police recovered one lethod
gun with four lethod shells, four C4 explosive cakes, one IED
bomb fitted in a pipe, one mobile phone, batteries and wires from
Naoroibam Joyshankar and one pistol along with five live rounds
Two girl students sustained minor injuries while
another fainted when Police burst teargas shells and resorted
to baton charge to prevent the students from marching within the
perimeter of the high security zone area in Imphal. The incident
occurred at Kwakeithel area along the Tiddin Road in Imphal West
District, half-a-kilometer from the Governor's and Chief Minister's
bungalows. Police said the students were accompanied by locals
and women activists during the rally for conversion of the three
ILPS-related Bills into Acts with the assent of the President.
The Bills were passed by the State Assembly in August last year.
Unidentified assailants attacked a house at Sekmai
Khunou Mathak Leikai in Imphal West District by hurling an explosive.
A hand grenade was recovered near the kitchen of retired Cooperation
Assistant Registrar Khwairakpam Gouro (78). The hand grenade partially
wrapped with a rubber tape was even picked up by Gouro's wife
As Manipur Chief Minister Okram
Ibobi Singh prepares to lead a delegation to New Delhi to muster
support for three anti-migrant Bills passed by the Assembly, those
opposed to the proposed laws said they will intensify their agitation.
There will be sit-in protests and prayers in churches on June
9 and a 12-hour shutdown in the tribal-dominated areas on June
26 to mark the 300th day of the agitation, said tribal organisations.
The organisations are appealing to all tribals in Manipur to fly
black flags on their homes as a mark of protest and continue to
do so till the matter is resolved.
Army Troops arrested three active
cadres of KCP-Poirei Meitei in an operation carried out near Pheidinga
in Imphal West District. The troops first arrested one individual,
identified as Laiphrakpam Chaoba Singh alias Naoba alias
Sikinib alias Ravi (28). He confessed of being an operational
commander of KCP-Porei-Meitei for Imphal East and West, Bishnupur
and Thoubal Districts and working with the organisation since
2013. On further questioning he revealed that Porei Meitei alias
Rocky, ‘Chief-in-Command’ of the insurgent group tasked him to
lob grenade at state Congress Bhawan and BJP Head Quarters at
Imphal. On his indication, two live Chinese hand grenades were
recovered from his house at Basikhong Panthoibi Lampak in Imphal
East District. One Hero CBZ bike and extortion notes were also
recovered from the individual. On his information, two more militants
of KCP-Porei-Meitei, identified as Bhim alias Inao and
Tek Bahadur Niroula were arrested from Wangoi and Kanglatongbi
Indian troops are said to have
entered Myanmarese territory for the second time in less than
a year in pursuit of militants responsible for the May 22 deadly
ambush on an AR convoy in Manipur and initial reports suggested
that at least eight militants were killed in the operation on
May 27, officials familiar with the matter said. “The AR has informed
us that besides killing eight, they have picked up 18 militants
who were later handed over to the Myanmar authorities,” said an
official from the security establishment. Security agencies are
in process of trying to confirm the extent of damage. There has
been no acknowledgement from the Myanmar authorities so far on
the matter, the official said. “We are still collecting the details
and cannot confirm the number of deaths. These camps where the
action took place are located inside Myanmar beyond the free zone
of 16 kilometre,” the official added. Six soldiers of the AR were
killed in the May 22 ambush, blamed on North East insurgent groups
in Manipur. During high-level consultations in New Delhi to take
stock of the matter, AR was instructed to initiate an action similar
to the one in June last year (2015), people in the know said.
According to AR report to the Centre, the militants who were gunned
down in the latest attack belonged to the CorCom, a joint platform
of militants groups operating in Manipur. The CorCom had claimed
responsibility for May 22 ambush and even released photographs
of its hit squad. Officials familiar with the matter said there
was no clarity so far on the number of insurgents killed and there
could also be members of the NSCN-K.
The militant group, KCP-Poirei
Meitei called for a 12-hour general strike on poll day (June 2)
of IMC election. In a statement dispatched to the local media,
the faction alleged that Government as well as political parties
sidelined the ongoing people’s movement for implementation of
ILPS in the State.
Army troops arrested two OGWs
helping ZUF cadres from Hengkot in Churachandpur District. The
arrested persons were identified as Soithienlal (35) and Kimneihthiem
(34). INR 1, 52,000 and 50 rice bags of 25 kg each were also recovered
The PREPAK-Pro greeted all the
people of Kangleipak (Manipur) on the occasion of the outfit’s
sixth raising day. A statement issued by the outfit’s Chairman
Paliba M remarked that “successive generations of Kangleipak enjoyed
freedom in the past although they encountered several challenges
from time to time. However, the present generation of people has
been living a wretched life….. The assertion that Kangleipak cannot
survive without protection of the Government of India is a serious
concern. The political downfall, economic degradation and the
resultant sense of insecurity felt by the people of Kangleipak
today are outcomes of the many covert and overt strategies of
the Government directed towards this end. As such, the Constitution
of India can never guarantee the security and well being of the
people of Kangleipak”.
A hand grenade was found inside
the residential compound of Dr Yumkhaibam Rajendro (45) located
at Andro Khunou in Imphal East District. It is believed that the
bomb might have been planted in connection with monetary demand.
A case has been registered with Andro Police Station and investigation
A hand grenade was found on the
5th floor of Imphal Hospital and Research Centre located on RIMS
Road in Imphal West District. Police retrieved the explosive later.
A team of Imphal West District
Police commando arrested an active member of UNLF, identified
as Akoijam Jiteshwor Singh (60), while conducting frisking and
checking in front of District Collector office in Lamphel in Imphal
West District. Incriminating articles along with a sum of INR
9,500 were recovered from his possession. On his disclosure, later,
the team recovered 19 live rounds of AK-47 rifle ammunition from
his residence. Investigation revealed that he was involved in
transportation of arms and ammunition and extortion of money from
the general public.
In the wake of ongoing violent
agitations against the anti-migrant bills, the DM in Imphal East
imposed prohibition under Sub-Section 2 of Section 144 Code of
CrPC, 1973 in the whole of Imphal East District including Jiribam
from 6 a.m. of June 3, 2016 to 6 a.m. of August 2, 2016. According
to an order issued by the DM of Imphal East district, the order
will not apply to agencies of the Government involved in the enforcement
of law and order and the maintenance of essential services. Persons
who want to take out procession, public meeting, rally within
the District should apply to the DM for permission and they should
not take out procession, meeting until the permission is obtained
The UNLF clarified that the ongoing
movement spearheaded by JCILPS to implement ILPS in Manipur is
neither instigated nor sponsored by UNLF and that Khomdram Ratan
is not related to the outfit in any way. A statement issued by
M Sakhen Deputy Director Department of Publicity of the outfit
contended that the movement of the JCILPS and UNLF are two separate
entities with different goals. It asserted that the struggle taken
up by UNLF is to retain the lost sovereignty of Manipur from the
colonial rule of India while the one spearheaded by JCILPS is
people’s movement to save the indigenous population of the state
from the unabated influx of outsiders. Rubbishing the reports
linking the outfit’s struggle with that of JCILPS movement, it
claimed that the report published in a national daily was a plot
jointly taken up by the Indian government and its intelligence
agency to mislead the people’s movement taken up by JCILPS. The
fact that JCILPS movement is against the migrant influx from mainland
India and the assimilation policy of India speaks for itself that
such misleading propaganda is imminent, it said. At the same time,
clarifying that Khomdram Ratan is not a cadre of the outfit and
not in the list of the outfit’s enrolment register, it said that
the photo of Ratan that went viral on social media was manipulated.
Army troops arrested ‘commander-in-chief’
of TPLA, an insurgent outfit active in Sadar Hill areas under
Senapati District, in an operation carried out in Bethel Veng
village of Senapati District. The militant leader identified himself
as Nekholen Lhouvum of Senapati District. “The militant confessed
of being involved in various nefarious activities including, kidnappings,
incidents of shootings and extortions in Sadar Hill areas,” PRO
Defence Wing said in the release. He was in possession of one
9mm pistol (USA Made), one 9mm magazine, five live rounds of 9
mm, one mobile and two Kenwood (Motorola) set which were seized”,
Four suspected militants who were fully armed
with automatic rifles shot and seriously injured a truck driver,
identified as Sanjeev Pradhan (26) near Changoubung turning in
Senapati District. The incident happened around 9:30pm when the
assailants stopped the truck for monetary demands and fired 20-30
rounds which injured the driver in his abdomen. The suspected
militants fled the crime scene after puncturing the tyres of the
truck. The gunmen also damaged the windshield.
Unidentified assailants planted
a hand grenade at the residential gate of one Laishram Arun (58)
of Keishampat Leimajam Leikai Maning Leirak under Imphal Police
Station in Imphal West District. A source said that family members
informed the Police after they found a suspicious object hanging
at their gate. Later, the bomb experts detected that the suspicious
object was a hand grenade and safely defused at Lamphelpat. Imphal
Police have taken up a case regarding the incident, saying the
bomb might have been planted there in connection with a monetary
Andro locals staged a sit-in-protest
against placing of a hand grenade by unidentified assailants at
the residence of RIMS Deputy Director Dr Yumkhaibam Rajendro at
Andro market in Imphal East District. The protest was jointly
staged by AAYCA, AAMPA and ESCSU in Andro.
Several shops run by non-locals in Imphal were
ransacked by volunteers of KSA. Goods were pulled out and thrown
on the streets in Kakhulong and Masjid areas under Paona Bazaar
in Imphal West District around 3 pm. Most of the vandalised shops
were groceries and other shops selling betel leaves. Police rushed
to the spot but the student volunteers managed to flee, report
Putting to rest reports of a surgical strike in
Myanmar against rebels from the North East after an ambush killing
six AR personnel in Manipur last month, the Army said sometimes
factional fights among insurgent groups were attributed to SFs.
“I must ask you where does this rumour come from? We respect the
sovereignty of all our neighbours. There is no question of going
across... Nothing has happened. We did no strikes,” Eastern Army
Commander Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi said.
The RPF denied having any relation whatsoever
with Labuktongbam Teshkumar Sharma alias Ibomcha (53) and
Urikkhinbam Sanjoy (37) who have been reportedly arrested by Imphal
West District Police commando on June 4.
The UNLF denied having any connection whatsoever
with one Akoijam Jiteshwar (60) who was reportedly arrested by
Imphal West District Police commando on June 2 in front of DC
Office at Lamphel. In a statement, M Sak-hen, ‘director department
of publicity’, UNLF said that Akoijam Jiteshwar is not a member
of the UNLF or its armed wing MPA in any way. He has not been
assigned any responsibility by the outfit. There is no incident
of recovering ammunition from him and the allegations leveled
against him were false.
Two non-local masons, identified as Ramu Patel
(35) and Surendra Patel (35) (both from Paschim District of Uttar
Pradesh) were shot at by an unknown assailant at Thang-meiband
in Imphal West District. Both the injured non-locals are undergoing
treatment at RIMS hospital. Local sources said that they heard
two gunshots and found the two non-locals lying injured with bullet
injuries near a culvert located between Thangmeiband Lourung Purel
Leikai and Thangmeiband Polem Leikai.
Unidentified assailants exploded a low intensity
IED near Reliance Mobile tower at Thoubal Achouba Pakhangkhong
Leirak in Thoubal District. The assailants exploded the bomb at
the back side of the residential compound of one Leishangthem
Sanathoi (33). Although no one was injured, a portion of the concrete
fencing and iron gate of the Reliance Mobile tower were damaged
by the blast.
UMHA official and joint secretary in charge of
the Northeast, Satyendra Garg, said that Delhi was alarmed by
the recent ambush of AR soldiers. “We have to increase security
in the unfenced border region because separatist rebels are freely
moving back and forth and attacking our forces,” Garg said during
a recent visit to Tripura. “Northeast India’s seven states have
international borders and Myanmar is the most sensitive border
at this moment. There are certain issues like in Manipur where
there was a large attack recently. So the government of India
is working on a plan to increase security along the Indo-Myanmar
border,” he said.
He expressed his concern over Arunachal Pradesh
being used as a corridor and safe shelter by armed rebels from
Nagaland. “Arunachal has faced the impact of insurgency from Nagaland.
Certain areas of Arunachal are next to Nagaland and there is a
real insurgency situation. We are addressing the problem of the
corridors used by insurgents.” Garg said that the Indian government
is in touch with all neighbouring countries including Myanmar
to stop the trans-border movement of arms, ammunition and of militants.
“The Government of India takes [the issue] up with everybody whether
it is Bangladesh, Myanmar, China or Bhutan, everywhere there are
strategic interests,” said Garg.
He said that to bring long-lasting peace in the
region the government of India has taken the initiative to continue
peace talks with various insurgent groups in the region, for which
there should be a congenial atmosphere. Garg said, “The Government
of India is talking to Naga insurgent group NSCN, Kuki groups
and now operations have been suspended against a Meitei Manipuri
rebel group also. We are reviewing the situation in Manipur on
a regular basis...”
A hand grenade was found at the staff’s parking
(ground floor) of City Hospital in Chingmeirong in Imphal East
District. Police later retrieved the hand grenade. It is suspected
that the grenade might have been planted in connection with extortion.
The 13-hour ‘cease work strike’ called by JCILPS
passed off peacefully in Manipur at 6 pm. The strike, which was
called in protest against the withholding of assent to Protection
of Manipur Peoples Bill, affected normal life in the State capital.
Markets remained closed while all roads in the capital wore a
deserted look with vehicles off the road from dawn to dusk. However,
air traffic at Imphal international airport functioned normally.
Troops of Assam Regiment arrested two cadres of
NNC in Hourang Keirel area under Lamshang Police Station of Imphal
West District. One 2 mm pistol, five rounds of ammunition and
two mobile handsets were recovered from them.
Police arrested four persons including two minors
for assaulting a non-local and uploading the video of the incident
on social networking sites. It may be mentioned that a video that
shows some persons thrashing a non-local youth went viral a few
days back on social networking sites. Two of the arrested youth
were identified as Maibam Roshan (19) and his younger brother
Maibam Rajbirshal (18). Other two attackers are said to be minors.
The two adults have been detained at City police station while
the juveniles have been handed over to Juveniles Correction Centre
for necessary legal procedures.
Assam Regiment troops arrested one militant of
PREPAK from Lamshang Bazaar under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal
Strongly condemning the crackdown on tribal protesters
in New Delhi by Delhi Police and Manipur Rifles personnel posted
at Manipur Bhawan, Thadou bodies including TSA, TWA and TYA enforced
the 24-hour ‘total shutdown’ in Sadar Hills in Senapati District.
In the backdrop of Delhi Police and Manipur Rifles action towards
the tribal protesters at Manipur Bhawan in Delhi, the tribal bodies
under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee against Anti-Tribal
Bills (JAC) had imposed a 24-hour ‘total shutdown’ in all tribal
areas of Manipur since June 8 midnight.
Over 400 vehicles including inter-state buses
and goods laden trucks were stranded at Mao area on the borders
with Nagaland and Jiribam along Assam border. Hundreds of inter-state
passengers and freight trucks were also stranded on key NH to
Imphal due to a 24-hour strike called by tribal activists in Manipur
to protest alleged police “excesses” on slogan-shouting supporters
in Delhi. The strike that ended midnight was followed by the start
of the 10-day economic blockade.
A 10-day economic blockade and ban on construction
of all ongoing national projects in hill (tribal) areas began
in Manipur on June 10 leaving a large number of goods-laden trucks
stranded on the inter-State borders. The blockade has been jointly
called by JAC of Churachandpur and an apex tribal body OMTF comprising
UNC, Zomi Council, Thadou Inpi, Hmar Inpui and MPC. They are protesting
against the process of implementation of ILPS in Manipur through
conversion of three ILP-related Bills into Acts with the assent
of the President.
A human skeleton was found near BSF camp at Koirengei
in Imphal East District, sources said. According to sources, forensic
scientists have collected samples for testing. Meanwhile, a human
rights activist, Khaidem Mani said that the Supreme Court (SC)
was looking into a complaint that at least 1,528 people were missing
since the height of the armed insurgency in Manipur. “Compensations
were paid to the family members of some victims, but nobody had
been booked and sent to prison. Most of the missing persons are
feared to be victims of fake encounters whose bodies were secretly
disposed of,” Mani said. He said the government should order a
probe to establish the identity of the person whose skeleton was
found near the BSF camp. “It is also disappointing that so far
nothing has been heard of the testing of the skeletons found in
the past in Manipur.”
One hand grenade was found inside the Porompat
complex of Babina Diagnostics in Imphal East District. The Chinese-made
hand grenade which was put inside a black polythene bag was found
hanging from a tree at the diagnostic centre’s lawn. Police later
retrieved the grenade. It is suspected that the hand grenade was
placed there in connection with monetary demand and a case has
been registered at Porompat Police Station.
Demanding conversion of the three bills passed
by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 31, 2015 into Acts,
different modes of protest demonstrations were staged along Tidim
Road from Keishampat to Nambol in Bishnupur District. At the end
of a sit-in-protest, a large number of womenfolk stood together
in rows on Tidim Road and shouted many slogans. They shouted slogans
like “Implement ILPS (Inner Line Permit System)”, “We condemn
declaration of Khom- dram Ratan as a wanted man”, “Arresting civil
leaders cannot suppress the popular movement”, “Manipur is great”
etc. Under the aegis of JCILPS, similar protest demonstrations
were staged at different places since June 7 and it would continue
till June 15. It is reported that similar protest demonstrations
would be staged along Ayangpalli Road from Kongba to Khurai Lamlong
on June 14.
Acting on reliable information, a team of Imphal
West District Police arrested two hard-core cadres of KNF-N, identified
as Letjang Haokip alias Jangpu (32) and Lunminthang Kipgen
alias Thangboi (27) from Tribal Market in Chassad Avenue
in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles were recovered
from the possession of Letjang Haokip. Investigation revealed
that they had collected a huge amount of ransom for the safe release
of the abducted persons, arrangement for transportation of party
cadres, transportation of arms and ammunition, providing shelter
to their party cadres and collection of information about the
movement of SFs.
A combined team of Imphal East District Police
commando and AR arrested one PREPAK-VC cadre, identified as Chingakham
Ranjit alias Naocha alias Robot alias Khaba (22) during
a search operation conducted at Poirei Khongjil Lamkhai. Investigation
revealed that he was involved in extortion of money from general
public for raising party fund of PREPAK-VC.
A team of Imphal East District Police commando
launched a search operation at Chassad Avenue and arrested one
‘self styled pro’ of KPLA, identified as Jangkhongam Touthang
alias Jangngam alias Romeo (56). Incriminating
articles were recovered from his possession. Investigation revealed
that he was a former ‘self styled major’ of KLA/KNO and was involved
in kidnapping of one Stune Hungyo of Lungthar village in Ukhrul
and also involved in many extortion and kidnapping cases.
Even as the economic blockade is under way in
‘tribal areas’, the UNC announced to impose a 24-hour ‘total shutdown
in Naga areas’ of Manipur from the intervening night of June 17
and 18. The UNC took this decision in a meeting to show its resentment
against the “continuous suppression, subjugation and discrimination”
by the Government of Manipur against Naga tribals. The shutdown
is also to demand early conclusion of the ‘Framework Agreement’
signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM. The UNC
urged the Government of India to exhibit political will and solve
the Naga issue at the earliest.
An inter-state bus driver, identified as Sanatomba
was abducted by unidentified militants in civil dress along NH
2 between Kalapahar and Keithelmanbi in Senapati District. The
bus was proceeding towards the State capital from Dimapur side.
After the armed militant kidnapped the driver, his assistant drove
the innocent passengers and reached Imphal safely.
Churachandpur-based Joint Action Committee against
Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC) in a meeting with families of the “nine
tribal martyrs” resolved to send a delegation comprising these
families along with tribal village chiefs and tribal council leaders
to Delhi to seek justice for the “martyrs” on the occasion of
the 300th day of the movement, a press release said.
Civil Society Organisations and different students’
bodies staged a joint sit-in at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai community
hall in Imphal West District demanding implementation of ILPS
and decrying the wanted tag on Khomdram Ratan, former JCILPS convenor.
Police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to storm the CM’s
office after the demonstration. A scuffle erupted between the
Police and the protesters in the process. The protesting women
lay down on the streets of Keishampat shouting slogans like ‘Implement
ILPS in the State’, ‘Go back foreigners’, ‘Long live Manipur’
‘and ‘We condemn wanted tag on Kh Ratan’, etc., as Police attempted
to stop them from marching towards the CM’s office
After of lull of more than 10 years, the Central
Government initiated the first ever political dialogue with the
UPF and KNO in New Delhi. Terming it a positive move, UMHA Joint
Secretary (North East) Satyendra Garg said that the groups have
placed their list of demands, a “wish-list” he said, which will
be studied by the Government. The political talk was chaired by
Satyendra Garg in the presence of Brig Prasad, DGMI, Col Amit
Tewatia, DGMI, Lt Col Pankaj Shar-ma, DGMO. Manipur State Government
was represented by Dr J Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary
(Home). While the six-member representative of UPF was led by
Aaron Kipgen, spokesperson UPF while KNO Spokesperson Seilen Haokip
led another six-member representatives of the KNO.
Unidentified assailants exploded a bomb at the
residential complex of former Councilor of Moirang Municipal Council
Ward No 4 Turenbal Leikai, Moirangthem Muhini, in Bishnupur District.
Although, the blast damaged a portion of CGI wall and roof of
the house, nobody was injured in the incident.
Militant organization, KCP-Poirei accused Manipur
Government officials and Food and Civil Supplies (FCS) authorities
of making personal money from food grains meant for National Food
Security Act (NFSA).
Asserting that the 10-day economic blockade called
by the JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills and OMTF is directed at the
Manipur Government’s ‘anti-tribal’ policies and its ‘indifferent
attitude’ towards the plight of the tribal people and it is not
focused against any community, the JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills
strongly condemned the reported high handedness and communal acts
of the valley people for allegedly harassing tribal travellers/commuters
travelling through valley areas.
However, the 10-day economic blockade along NHs
passing through hill areas of Manipur has taken a heavy toll on
common people, especially daily wage earners as increasing prices
of essential commodities hit them.
At least five lethod shells and three hand grenades
were recovered by SFs during a search operation at Waithou along
NH 39 in Thoubal District. Source said that SFs conducted the
search operation after explosives were found inside a bag. Later,
the SFs conducted search operation at suspected locations along
The JAC against Anti-Tribal Bills expressed its
heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the tribal people
of Manipur who had tirelessly volunteered and effectively carried
out the 10-days economic blockade at Senapati, Kangpokpi, Motbung,
Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Chandel, Singngat, Churachandpur and various
other tribal areas. In a statement, the JAC said that the goods
and vehicle keys confiscated by the volunteers of the JAC at Churachandpur
can be claimed by the respective owners at Sulphate Pumbuk, Hiangtam
community hall between 10 am and 12 noon on June 20. The JAC also
thanked the President of India and the Union Government for upholding
the sanctity of the Constitution by withholding the Protection
of Manipur People’s Bill, 2015. It is the wish and prayer of the
tribal people of Manipur that this Bill along with the other two
‘anti-tribal’ Bills – the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms
(Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Manipur Shops and Establishments
(Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 – be withheld. The JAC reiterated
that the three ‘anti-tribal’ Bills are just the spark that has
exposed the age-old discriminatory policies of the ‘communal Manipur
Government’ is not only cultural but institutional and Governmental
The Manipur Population Commission and the Manipur
Land Reforms Commission, for which the JCILPS has already signed
a MoU with the Manipur Government, as well as the demand for inclusion
in the ST list by the dominant Meitei community are some of the
other anti-tribal policies that are anticipated to be played out
in the coming days, the statement added. The JAC would continue
to oppose these divisive policies which are detrimental to the
tribal people at any cost. With the fight for tribal land, rights
and identity being far from over, the JAC would like to humbly
appeal to all tribal people of Manipur to kindly start stocking
daily essential commodities at their respective homes and be prepared
for any eventuality, the statement added.
The NPO Senapati also informed to those concerned
owners whose items were seized during the 10 days economic blockades
to come and collect their respective items within Monday (June
UKLF's former 'joint secretary', identified as
Paokhothang Haokip alias MP Haokip was shot at by unidentified
assailants in Molnom village in Churachandpur District. According
to Police source, Paokhothang Haokip was shot at by the assailants
who intruded in his house June 20 night, around 7.30 pm. He was
immediately rushed to Churachandpur District hospital with bullet
injuries on his abdomen. UKLF is a Kuki based militant group currently
under suspension of operation truce with the Centre and State
Governments. Police is yet to know the motive behind the shooting
incident even though they suspect cadres of a rival group behind
in the shooting.
Citizens of Manipur urged the supporters and opponents
of the three bills passed by the Assembly last year (2015) in
response to a campaign for ILPS to sit together and resolve differences.
The citizens also urged Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to initiate
talks between the JCILPS, which is campaigning in support of the
bills, and the JAC which is opposed to the bills. The citizens,
who described themselves as "common people", submitted representations
to the Chief Minister and chief secretary O. Nabakishore Singh.
The NRFM, through a press release issued by its
information and publicity secretary Sanajaoba Meitei, claimed
responsibility for the grenade attack.
A hand grenade was found at the courtyard of one
Moirangthem Kumar of Bamon Leikai Harikhagok in Imphal East District.
Later, Police retrieved the grenade.
The CorCom raised strong objection to the Government
of India's attempt to enter the league of the elite Nuclear Suppliers
Group (NSG). A representation jointly signed by UNLF 'chairman'
and CorCom 'convenor' Khundongbam Pambei, PREPAK 'acting chairman'
Khumujam Shathy, PREPAK-Pro 'chairman' Longjam Paliba and RPF
'president' Irengbam Chaoren and addressed to the NSG Chair asserted
that the Government of India does not deserve any respect and
therefore must not enjoy NSG membership. Manipur was forcibly
annexed by India on October 15, 1949, they alleged. India's membership
to NSG will buttress its agenda to building a monolithic nuclear
power block in the region, which will in turn become the instrument
of oppression by the exploitative market forces that have been
erected to enjoy the spoils of unjust war.
Former 'chairman' of PREPAK-VC, identified as
Ningombam Nabachandra, and his driver, identified as Leisangthem
Sanjit Singh were killed by unidentified assailants inside a security
complex located at Khabeisoi in Imphal East District. Nabachandra
had been staying at a quarter inside 7th Manipur Rifles complex
since he surrendered to the Manipur Government in 2014. Sources
said that the assailants shot and killed the duo and fled around
8.30 pm. According to sources, people in the Manipur Rifles complex
were celebrating Lai Haraoba festival when the killing took place.
Sources believed that the attackers took advantage of the festive
occasion while carrying out the fatal attack. The Police said
that they have started investigation into the incident. The slain
former PREPAK-VC chief, hailing from Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan
Leikai, joined the outfit about three decades back.
The Gorkhas of Manipur formed a new organization
to be the apex body of the Gorkha community in the State to address
the grievances and issues related to the Gorkhas and represent
the Gorkha community in sharing views and opinions with the new
drafting committee on ILPS. The newly formed Gorkha organization
UGCM resolved to name the committee as “United Gorkha Committee
Manipur” which was reportedly constituted by various Gorkha civil
bodies’ leaders; it also nominated some prominent Gorkha leaders
and subsequently elected the office bearers of the newly formed
committee. Hari Prasad Nepal, Bhumi Prasad Vikas and Shiva Kumar
Basnet were elected as president, vice president and general secretary
respectively while LB Adhikari, Karan Rai, Dillip Bhurtel and
Rajen Rai were elected as the joint secretaries. President Nepal
said that UGCM will also represent the Gorkha community of Manipur
in sharing views and opinions with the new drafting committee
on ILPS and other current issues of the State while adding that
it [UGCM] will address the grievances of the Gorkhas and work
for the welfare of the community in the State.
Sit-in-protests were staged at different places
in solidarity to the popular demand for enforcement of ILPS or
a similar mechanism in the State. Under the aegis of JCILPS, womenfolk
staged protest demonstrations at Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai,
Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai, Konjeng Leikai Club Keithel, Konjeng
Langpoklakpam Leikai, Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai, Kwakeithel Konjeng
Awang Leikai and Kwakeithel Lamdong Leikai. Placards which read
as “Enforce ILPS in Manipur”, “Pass a new Bill in place of PMP
Bill”, “Convert the two remaining Bills into Acts”, “We condemn
declaration of Kh Ratan as a wanted man” were put up at the protest
A similar protest demonstration was staged at
Lainingthou Puthiba community hall, Yumnam Khunou under the aegis
of the Women Welfare Association, Yumnam Khunou Makha Leikai and
the Women Empowerment Association, Yumnam Khunou. They put up
banners and placards which read as “Declaration of Kh Ratan as
a wanted on fabricated charges cannot suppress the popular movement”,
“Revoke the Government order which declared Kh Ratan as a wanted
man” etc. Meira Paibis of Wangkhei Khunou, Sinam and Ishikha also
took part in the protest demonstration.
Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam urged
upon all stakeholders of the hills and valley of the state to
extend sincere cooperation to the effort of the state government
in drafting a new ILP related bill in the assembly. “The anti-bill
group from the hills is still reluctant to come out for a clear-cut
solution. They should also join the effort to help introduce a
new bill,” Gaikhangam said in Imphal. Of the three ILP related
bills passed by the state assembly on August 31 last year, the
Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, 2015 was rejected by the President
of India when it was submitted to him seeking his due assent.
A cadre of the KCP-Maoist was arrested by a combined
team of Manipur Police commandos and AR personnel from Nongren
Mayai Leikai under Lamlai Police Station in the Imphal East District.
The arrested cadre is yet to be identified and five live rounds
of 9mm ammunition were seized from his possession.
Somsai Battalion of Somsai Sector AR recovered
a powerful IED from near Cement Factory on NH-202 in Ukhrul District.
A foot patrolling party of Somsai Battalion while sanitizing the
road found a suspicious object wrapped in a polythene bag lying
approximately 300 meters away from the highway. The Bomb disposal
team of the paramilitary force was called to the site and later,
the IED weighing around 4.5 kilograms was neutralized at 4:15
pm, the press release added.
Five cadres of the KCP-KK Nganba including their
‘chairman’ and ‘general secretary’ were arrested by Police along
with weapons in Imphal East District. It is said that two of the
five arrested men were involved in the killing of former PREPAK
‘Chairman’ Ningombam Nabachandra alias Nongdrenkhomba and
his driver Leishangthem Sanjit. The five arrested cadres were
identified as self-styled ‘Major’ Thokchom Gouri alias
Ibungo alias Kosam (25), self-styled ‘Chairman’ Chongtham
Manglemjao alias KK Nganba (63), self-styled ‘General Secretary’
Tongbram Sanjit alias Pari alias Boy (42), self-styled
Cpl Leichombam Naocha alias Malangba (24) and self-styled
Private Ahongshangbam Kingson alias Yaiphaba (23). It was
learnt that Malangba and Kingson shot dead Nongdrenkhomba and
Sanjit, and two 9 mm pistols used by them have also been recovered.
One pistol was embossed with the words ‘Burma Army’ and it had
three bullets while the other pistols were embossed with the words
‘Beretta USA Corp’ and it had two bullets.
A motorcycle rally was taken out touching four
valley Districts of Manipur, where more than 500 youths took part
demanding a mechanism to check influx of migrants into Manipur.
The rally was taken out under the aegis of Students’ Wing of JCILPS
was flagged off by JCILPS convener-in-charge BK Moirangcha from
AMSU office complex, Imphal around 10 a.m. The rallyists after
covering Imphal-Mao section of NH-2 upto Sekmai moved to Nambol
then Tidim road from where they moved along the Mayang Imphal
road. From there they took Imphal-Burma Sugnu Road and converged
at the originating place before dispersing themselves. Talking
to reporters, convener of the Students’ Wing of the JCILPS Oinam
Nabachandra demanded that Manipur government should introduce
a new bill similar to ILPS and pass it in the next session of
the Assembly. He alleged that the state government had done nothing
to obtain President’s ascent to the bill, The Protection of Manipur
Two cadres of hill-based Thadou People Liberation
Army (TPLA) were arrested by the army from Motbung village in
Senapati District. Two 9 mm pistols with magazines, seven live
rounds of 9 mm arms, two mobile phones along with four SIM cards
were recovered from the arrested duo. Investigation revealed the
two militants were involved in various nefarious activities including
extortion and abduction.
The Joint Secretary (Northeast) of UMHA, Satyendra
Garg, expressed serious concern over the prevailing ‘unrest’ in
Manipur. “Manipur has many problems as the people are facing bandhs,
economic blockade, etc. But I am sure there is a way out to talk
to the people addressing the issue and negotiating with them,”
Garg said on the sideline of the inaugural function in Senapati
The JAC constituted against the announcement
of ‘wanted’ tag on Kh Ratan [Khomdram Ratan is the JCILPS convenor]
has threatened to launch intense agitations in association with
JCILPS, if the wanted tag is not revoked and implement ILP system
in the State. JAC co-convenor (media) Thongam Dara said that people’s
demand for ILP system has not been fulfilled although Sapam Robinhood’s
death would complete one year on July 8. He said that JAC also
condemned the Centre’s move of withholding one ILP system Bill
and taking time for consideration of the other two Bills.
A hard core activist of UKLF under SoO truce
was killed and his body was thrown into the river allegedly by
one of its rival group. Sources said that self-style ‘captain’
Jamkholal Zou alias George (39) of Kholim village of Sugnu
in Thoubal District was abducted by some unidentified assailants
believed to be activists of KNO from border town on July 2 , last.
The abductors had allegedly killed him and thrown his body into
a river somewhere at Indo-Myanmar border, according to the family
members. The incident came to light on July 4 , after the family
members enquired about his whereabouts after they lost contact
with him since July 3, last.
Lalthangsang Hmar (54), founding president and
‘Commander-in-Chief’ (C-in-C) of HNA, a tribal armed group which
is a signatory to the ongoing SoO, was shot dead by unidentified
gunmen in Churachandpur District early. The incident took place
in front of the HNA president’s residence at Hmar Veng in Selmat
village under Churachandpur Police Station around 1.10 am.
Alleging that Jamkholal Zou was killed by cadres
of KNO, the UPF, one of the umbrella groups of Kuki UGs which
recently entered into a political dialogue with the Centre and
State Government sought the intervention of the Government in
the matter. Strongly decrying the killing of Jamkholal Zou, UPF
information and publicity secretary, Thanglenlal Doungel said
Jamkholal was killed by cadres of KNO and its armed Wing, KNA
while on his way to Moreh on an important family matter and his
lifeless body was reportedly thrown away in Menal River and is
yet to be traced.
The JAC constituted against declaration of former
JCILPS convenor Khomdram Ratan as a ‘wanted’ man has, threatened
to launch different forms of intense agitation in association
with JCILPS from July 9 if the FIR and ‘wanted’ tag are not revoked
before July 8 so that Ratan may take part at the death anniversary
of Sapam Robinhood. Speaking to reporters, JAC spokesperson Th
Dara urged the public to extend support to the agitations initiated
by the JAC in this regard. In the meantime, Rakesh Ranjan, Acting
Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur, on July 4, directed the
State Government to submit all the records related to declaration
of wanted tag on Khomdram Ratan before Court on July 11. The directive
came after a petition was filed before the Single Bench of the
Court by former JCILPS convener Khomdram Ratan (48) s/o Ibotombi
of Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai under civil case number 462
The UHM has sought a report from the Manipur
government on the recent killings of former insurgents in the
state who had joined the national mainstream. In the latest incident,
HNA Chairman Lalthanshang Hmar was gunned down near his house
in Churachandpur District on July 5. According to informed sources,
the central government is concerned that these killings may derail
the peace process in the state. The peace process in Manipur began
in May 2000 when the army reached an agreement on SoO with some
A former cadre of the UNLF was killed by some
unidentified assailants at Tera Sapam Leirak, Nongmaithem Leikai
in Imphal West District. According to information culled from
the spot, the deceased has been identified as one Meikam Romen
(32) of Tera Lukram Leirak. He was working as a brick layer after
he left the UNLF about five years back. Fatal bullet wounds were
seen on many parts of his body including the head.
UPF has strongly condemned the brutal killing
of Lalthangsang Intaote, the founder president of HNA and conveyed
sincere condolence to the bereaved family, relatives, Hmar community
and leaders and cadres of HNA. UPF information and publicity secretary,
Thanglenlal Doungel in a statement said that the "brutal
murder" of HNA founding president and vice-president the
KNO is very unfortunate and a great loss to the 'nation.' Doungel
said that such acts which appeared to be a fratricidal killing
was detrimental to 'peace and reconciliation'.
The SC said the Army and paramilitary forces
cannot use “excessive and retaliatory force” in Manipur and such
instances must be probed. The bench also asked the amicus curiae
to furnish details of alleged fake encounters in Manipur. The
bench said it was open to the Army to conduct its own inquiries
into the allegations of fake encounters in Manipur. The court
said it will also examine the claim of NHRC that it was a “toothless
tiger” and needed more powers. The apex court was hearing a petition
by one Suresh Singh seeking repeal of the AFSPA that grants special
powers to the Indian Armed Forces in “disturbed areas”.
The court had said the fact that compensation
has been paid to the next of kin of victims of encounter killings
by security forces in Manipur “amply indicate” that such encounters
were fake. It had asked Manipur Government to appraise the court
of the steps taken after compensations were paid to the kith and
kin of the deceased. The court had then also asked the Centre,
Manipur Government and NHRC to submit a comprehensive report on
alleged fake encounter cases in the state, including 62 such cases
where FIR have not even been lodged.
Three labourers engaged in the construction of
an office of the Anal Naga Chiefs’ Association in Chandel District
of Manipur were allegedly beaten up by some armed militants in
the night. Locals alleged the labourers were beaten up by suspected
NSCN-IM cadres around 11 pm.
Manipur Government has finally agreed to table
a fresh anti-migrant bill in the forthcoming session of the Manipur
Assembly, as the earlier one was with held by the President of
India on May 11. The decision was made during an all-party meeting
held at the office of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on July
9. It may be noted that President Pranab Mukherjee had withheld
the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015 and sent the two other
bills -- The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th amendment)
Bill, 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishment (2nd amendment)
Bill, 2015 -- back for consideration. However, it was proposed
to rename the new bill as ‘Manipur Local People’s Protection Bill,
2016’ with the base year as 1972 and not 1951as earlier one. The
proposed bill which was laid by Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi
Singh, informed that the word “tenant” and “original people” included
in the earlier bill have also been deleted from the proposed new
The SC verdict saying the Army should not use
excessive force in its counter insurgency operations has not gone
down well with the Army veterans who feel that it does not reflect
their operational principles under which they use minimum of force
in operations against insurgents. The former veterans were unanimous
that any dilution of the AFSPA would affect their operations in
dealing with insurgents and consequently the security of the country.
Hoping that the Centre would seek review of the judgment, Lieutenant
General J.B.S. Yadav (retd) said that the army seeks to use minimum
force in insurgency operations. “In our training or as a matter
of principle we always use minimum force and we scrupulously abide
by the ten commandments of the army chief,” Yadav said. The commandments
include respecting human rights, no torture resulting in death
and no act resulting in military disgrace. Lt. General Yadav,
who retired in the year 2006 and had participated in anti-insurgency
operations in Northeast, Assam, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir said:
“The operations are done in good faith and not to kill anyone.”
Ethnic organizations of the North East India
which have been seeking the creation of separate states decided
to intensify their movement after August 15 under the aegis of
NFNS. NFNS is led by Raja Bundela, who has been leading the movement
for a separate Bundelkhand state, and Shrihari Aney, leader of
the Vidarbha movement. “If the Centre doesn’t come up with a policy
on the creation of new states, we will launch a united movement
across the country after August 15,” president of ABSU and NFNS
joint secretary, Pramod Boro, said. NFNS’s northeast chapter said
the Centre should pave the way for the creation of Bodoland, Kukiland,
Karbi Autonomous State and Tripuraland in the region.
The banned militant group, UNLF claimed its hand
in killing of Meikam Romen at Tera Sapam Leirak, Nongmaithem Leikai
in Imphal West District on July 7. A press release issued by the
outfit’s department of publicity director M Sak-hen said that
Romen was awarded capital punishment for surrendering to adversary
forces along with weapons belonging to the party.
Four days after the ‘founder president’ of HNA,
Lalthangsang Intoate was killed by armed assailants in a midnight
attack right in front of his residence on July 5, the armed outfit
has for the first time issued a statement vowing to deliver justice
in the killing of their chief. The statement issued by one Japhet
CC Mawia, ‘secretary’, information, HNA said that their leader
may be dead but the organisation will not die. Instead, it will
rise and continue to work for the people with conviction. HNA
has claimed that they are conducting a detailed investigation
regarding who is behind the killing of their chief. It affirmed
to deliver justice in the case at all cost.
A powerful IED blast was triggered inside Deputy
Commissioner's office complex in Senapati District. According
to reports, the IED blast occurred at the ground floor-- inside
the office room of the planning section at DC's office main building.
Though no one was injured as the incident happened when the office
was closed, the blast damaged some parts of the wall and windowpanes.
Sources said Police and AR officials later held a meeting with
members of the NPO and SDSA to ascertain and take up further course
of action to book the culprit(s).
NSCN-K Shepoumaramth Region has claimed responsibility
for the July 11 blast. A statement issued by publicity in-charge
of Shepoumaramth Region NSCN-K, claimed that the blast was triggered
by the group. "This explosion is the last warning to the Deputy
Commissioner and her co-coordinating officers for not meeting
their demand that had been neglecting for so long against the
Government who sacrifice their life for the sacred cause of the
Nagas sovereignty", the statement read. The NSCN-K further warned
saying "if the Deputy Commissioner and the co-coordinating officers
failed to meet us and solved the issue at the earliest, then their
life will be in danger". It also warned of "stern action" if any
departments, organizations or any individuals fail cooperate with
the Shepoumaramth Region.
A huge rally was taken out in Senapati District
headquarters to protest the explosion at the District Deputy Commissioner's
Office complex on July 11. Some damages were caused by the blast
to a room allotted to the Planning Department located inside the
premises of the DC's Office, but there were no human casualties.
The NSCN-K Shepoumaramth region has claimed responsibility for
Acting on a reliable information about the presence
of one active member of the UNLF, a team of lmphal East District
Police commando arrested one self-styled corporal of UNLF, identified
as Takhellambam Priyo Meitei alias Nongdrenkhomba (21) from his
residence in Keibi Kumuda Awang Leikai. Incriminating articles
were seized from his possession.
One hand grenade was recovered from the compound
of Jawahar Lal Institute of Medical Sciences Director Laishram
Deven's residence in Imphal. The grenade was spotted by Deven's
family members and informed the local Police station, after which
a team of bomb disposal squad took away the grenade from the spot.
Days after the SC held that the Army or Police
cannot use excessive force under the provisions of AFSPA or the
UAPA, a civil organisations group said that the campaign against
the Act would continue in Manipur. Phunindra Konsam, President
of the WCOAL said that it will continue to demand for justice
for the victims.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju asserted that the overall security scenario in the North
East has improved since 2014. He announced that the target of
his Ministry is to secure complete peace in the region so that
development is expedited here (North East). Rijiju revealed that
the entire international border that Assam shares with Bangladesh
will be sealed by 2017. All fencing work in the other States will
also be completed, he said divulging that funds for border management
have been enhanced by 44 per cent from this financial year. Rijiju
also said that his Ministry has adopted a two-pronged strategy
to deal with extremism and separatist forces. "Our stand is tough
and soft where required," he added.
The consortium of 13 pro-ILP pressure groups have
asked CM Mukul Sangma to convene a meeting at the earliest to
give a clarification on the status of the move to set up entry
and exit points in the State, besides certain clarifications on
the Tenants Verification and Regulation Bill and the Amendment
of the Benami Transaction Detection and Prohibition Bill. In a
memorandum submitted to the CM, the KSU, FKJGP and HNYF, on behalf
of the group, expressed concern over the slow progress in setting
up of entry and exit points and the delay in implementation of
the Bills, aimed at regulating influx. The pressure groups sought
clarification on the status report of the exit and entry points,
currently being referred to the SIA besides a clarification on
the Tenants Verification Bill which has been referred to the Select
Committee of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. "To our knowledge,
there has not been even a single meeting to discuss the draft
Bill," the pressure groups claimed.
The Kuki Inpi in an open memorandum to PM Narendra
Modi stated that they will not accept the outcome of the talks
between the GoI and NSCN-IM before the settlement of over 905
innocent Kukis murdered, over 360 Kuki villages uprooted and over
1,00,000 Kukis displaced by NSCN-IM. Monitoring carefully the
talks between GoI and NSCN-IM for the last several years through
statements made by media every now and then, it is now pretty
clear that the NSCN-IM has been asking the GoI to steal lands
belonging to others and give those lands to them. In case the
GoI yields to this undue demand of what NSCN-IM called 'Naga integration',
it will be logically concluded that Indian Government has been
behind this movement and all those whose lands are touched will
become enemies of India. Kumpi (emperor) of the Kuki Inpi appealed
to the PM on behalf of all the Kuki people not to yield to this
communal politics of integrating only Nagas, living together with
other hundreds of ethnic groups, which will eventually become
a total chaos in the whole of the present so-called North Eastern
India, it added.
At least 47 migrant workers entering Manipur were
detained by volunteers of JCILPS at North AOC in Imphal. They
arrived at Imphal on an inter-state bus from Guwahati via Dimapur.
They were detained after they failed to produce documents to identify
them as citizen of India. Quoting the detained workers, JCILPS
convener in-charge BK Moirangcha alleged that contractors brought
them in Imphal to engage in constructions at ST Xavier School
Moirang (Bishnupur District, JNIMS (Imphal) and Shyam Power India
Private Limited (Thoubal District). He alleged that despite repeated
reminders, contractors have been hiring non-locals to the state.
On the other hand, womenfolk of Singjamei area of Imphal have
started staging relay-hunger strike in their locality from July
17, demanding roll back of 'wanted' tag on the head of former
JCILPS convener Khomdram Ratan.
The KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup has announced a 13-hour
state-wide bandh beginning 5:00 am of July 20 to protest
a number of anomalies in regularization of two Professors in the
JNIMS. According to a statement issued by the KCP-Poirei Metei
Lup publicity secretary, Malemnganba Meetei, the Director of JNIMS
has failed to come out with a white paper on the regularization
process of Professors. The statement said the media, religious
activities, electricity, water supply and emergency and medical
services will be exempt from the purview of the shutdown.
Normal life was disrupted in Thoubal District
of Manipur as a result of a 48-hour bandh call given by
a JAC demanding the Manipur state government to bring all culprits
to book and ensure speedy delivery of justice over the death of
Md Abdul alias Rahaman, a local youth from Moijing village,
who succumbed after he was allegedly assaulted by unidentified
assailants on June 30. The JAC said it was compelled to call the
strike as the Manipur Police have not been able to arrest the
culprits despite continued pressure. Groups of bandh supporters
obstructed vehicular movement along Thoubal-Mayang Imphal road
placing flaming tyres and stones on the road.
The Working Committee of Apunba Lup, a conglomerate
of 30 civil societies, recently pledged to continue its efforts
and struggle to ensure justice for the victims of AFSPA in Manipur.
“Not a single personnel from the armed forces responsible for
human rights violation has ever been punished here,” Apunba Lup
coordinator Phulindro Konsam said. Phulindro pledged to take forward
the movement by the Apunba Lup in order that AFSPA victims get
access to the justice system. He said, “The people who have been
victimized by AFSPA and denied justice for decades will have to
get justice. We’ll carry forward our dedicated struggle towards
that end. They must get justice.”
Some unidentified assailants triggered a bomb
blast at the residence of PWD Executive Engineer Prem Luikham
(52) at Mantripukhri Bengali Colony in Imphal. However, there
is no report of any casualty. Police suspected that the bomb attack
was related to monetary demand. A case has been registered at
Heingang Police Station in connection with the incident.
Khomdram Ratan, former convener of the JCILPS
could get his ‘wanted’ tag removed by Manipur High Court on July
20. A two-judge high court bench of Chief Justice Rakesh Ranjan
Prasad and Justice S. Serto, admitted a petition filed by Ratan
against the ‘wanted’ tag by Manipur Police. The judges made it
clear that the Police proceedings to declare Ratan ‘wanted’ have
not gone down well with the court. Ratan was leading a movement
for implementation of the ILP to safeguard the indigenous people
Stating that there is a need to sustain the people’s
collective movement until a new Bill is passed by the Manipur
Legislative Assembly in place of the 'Protection of Manipur People's
(PMP) Bill, 2015, which has been withheld by the President of
India, the JCILPS has called upon the people to re-launch different
modes of agitation so that a new Bill is passed in the forthcoming
Assembly which is due in either the last week of July or the first
week of August. As a part of the renewed movement, JCILPS has
already started checking entry of non-local people into the State.
This would be followed by sit-in-protests, human chains and chanting
of slogans collectively.
The UPF, one of the two umbrella bodies of Kuki
militant groups, has “officially” demanded a separate “hill State”
within the territory of Manipur. The demand was raised by the
outfit during a recently held political dialogue with Central
representatives at New Delhi. The outfit along with another Kuki
underground apex body KNO had signed SoO pact with both the Central
and Manipur Governments in August 2008. The Manipur Government
then set up five designated camps in Churachandpur, Chandel and
Senapati Districts to lodge the cadres of the ceasefire militant
Normal life was affected in the State capital
Imphal, by the 13 hours bandh called by the KCP-Poirei
Meitei Lup in connection with its demand for producing a white
paper on the ‘regularization’ of two Professors of JNIMS—Prof
L Deben (Director) and Prof M Angouba. Educational institutions,
private offices and business establishments remained closed for
the day due to the general strike. Shops and business establishments
in Imphal’s commercial hubs – Khwairamband Keithel, Thangal Keithel
and Paona Keithel remained closed. The strike also affected normal
life in Bishnupur. Bishnupur Keithel, Ningthoukhong Keithel, Moirang
Lamkhai, Moirang Keithel and Kumbi Keithel remained closed while
public transport services also remained off the roads.
A Division Bench of High Court of Manipur comprising
Acting Chief Justice RR Prasad and Justice S Serto has transferred
the criminal petition case filed by former JCILPS convenor Khomdram
Ratan to another Bench. During the hearing, the Advocate General,
who is the counsel of State respondents, told the Court that some
media houses had ‘scandalized’ the case. He also pleaded the Court
to take up criminal proceedings against the media houses concerned
regarding the matter.
JCILPS convenor BK Moirangcha demanded the Government
to pass a new ILPS Bill which is agreeable to all the communities
of the State during the upcoming Assembly session. He however
cautioned that JCILPS would not remain silent if the Government
fails to consult them before drafting and passing the Bill.
Volunteers of JCILPS caught 154 migrants entering
Manipur. JCILPS has been conducting drive against entering of
migrant workers into the state in the last few days on the NHs
as its first phase of agitation programme demanding ILP in Manipur.
Three civilians were rescued by a joint team of
Maram Battalion and Senapati Police from Shepoumaramth office
of NSCN-IM. The civilians are identified as S Lao, A Adhani and
C Kholi. They were detained by NSCN-IM in their regional office
for last two months for non-payment of taxes. Through the documents
recovered in the office, it has come to light that the outfit
is involved in rampant illegal taxation from locals and anyone
who refused to contribute has been beaten, tortured and illegally
detained, the release claimed. The release also informed that
during the raid the SFs arrested two members of NSCN-IM, ‘lance
corporal’ Alen resident of Wokha and ‘private’ John, resident
of Senapati. War like stores, including three pistols, two radio
sets and a large quantity of incriminating documents were also
recovered from the premises.
One student among the four who are staging indefinite
hunger strike at Singjamei Wangma in Imphal East, demanding withdrawal
of 'wanted' tag on Khomdram and implementation of ILPS in the
State has been pulled up by Police after his health condition
deteriorated. The four students were staging the indefinite hunger
strike protest at Singjamei Wangma for the 2nd phase soon after
the first phase students comprising of four were pulled up by
the Police at around 9.30 pm.
The Labour Department, Government of Manipur issued
licenses or work permits to a little over one thousand migrant
workers who have been brought in by various companies/agencies
and con-tractors, both from the State as well as from outside
the State, informed E Tomba Singh, Deputy Labour Commissioner,
in the course of a press conference held at DIPR complex in Moirangkhom
of Imphal West District. This press conference is the 31st in
the series of media interaction programmes organized by DIPR to
highlight the development activities of the various departments
of the Government of Manipur. The licenses were issued mostly
to some big companies like the Simplex Infrastructure, Simplex
Projects, Keystone, and others special contractors of the State.
The Labour Department started issuing licenses to migrant workers
with renewed vigour from 2014 onwards especially in the wake of
a very strong movement for implementation of ILPS in the State.
A Home Secretary level bilateral meeting of India
and Myanmar would be held at New Delhi on July 26 and 27. The
meeting would discuss Indo-Myanmar boundary issues, cross-border
drug and arms smuggling, insurgency and security related issues.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr Suresh Babu would represent
the Government of Manipur at the bilateral meeting. He may raise
the issue pertaining to Indo-Myanmar border pillar numbers 66,
76, 78, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 and 94 which has not been fully settled
till date between the two countries, added the source.
A 'self styled lieutenant' of NSCN-IM, identified
as Dangshankwas Leidong (39) and his father-in-law, Molung Leidunshim
Maring (42,) allegedly involved in the abduction of a van driver
and a hawker, were arrested by a team of Imphal West Police commandos
from Imphal West District. Imphal West SP said that the duo was
arrested during a course of investigation of a case related to
abduction of one van driver, L Toto Singh and Y Kenedy (hawker)
along with a van. Dangshankwas who claimed to be a member of NSCN-IM
serving in the rank of lieutenant confessed that his associates
had been extorting the businessmen, van owners plying van on Imphal-Moreh
route. He further disclosed that the individual had abducted van
drivers and extorted a huge amount of money for their release
in the name of NSCN-IM.
At least two student protestors were injured when
Police tried to disperse a rally taken out by students of CC Higher
Secondary School, in support of the JCILPS demand for implementation
of ILP system and to revoke the 'wanted' tag on Khomdram Ratan.
The rally started from the school campus and proceeded towards
Sanjenthong area. However, State Police who are already on high
alert post TG School students protest barricaded the rally. As
the students tried to force their way through the barricade, a
brief confrontation broke out between the two sides resulting
in the injuries to the two students. The injured students were
identified as Ningthoujam Roshan of Moirang and Laishram Yohenba
from Kiyamgei. In the meantime, students of the Johnstone Higher
Secondary School also took out a similar rally from Singjamei
to Keishampat before they were stopped at Keishampat junction
by State Police.
Altogether 43 non-local labourers travelling in
inter-State passenger vehicles were pulled down and handed over
to Police at Awang Sekmai Nongthonband. As done in the past few
days, volunteers of the Advanced Women Society, Awang Sekmai and
the Awang Sekmai Protection Committee checked inter-State passenger
vehicles heading towards Imphal along Imphal-Dimapur highway as
well and they came across 43 non-local people. JCILPS assistant
convenor (organisation) Md Hayatur Rahaman Yumkhaibam joined
the verification drive. Notably, 123 non-local labourers were
pulled down and handed over to Police on July 21, followed by
147 on July 22 and 89 on July 23.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju said Assam and the northeast were vulnerable to terror
attacks by jihadi militants because of their strategic locations
and proximity to international borders. He said the region was
put on high alert and adequate security arrangements were made
as preventive measures. "Assam and the entire northeast are sensitive
places. The region shares a major portion of the international
border and so its vulnerability is high. It is also prone to jihadi
activities. Steps have been taken and arrangements made to ensure
the region's safety," said Rijiju.
The Army has filed a FIR against Airtel and the
ATSUM for distributing pre-activated SIM cards for the mobile
without verification as this not only constituted a grave security
threat, but was also in direct contradiction of the DoT guidelines.
On July 21, the army formation at Manipur learnt that ATSUM was
giving pre-activated SIM cards of Airtel connection for the mobile.
It was further learnt that the number of such SIM cards was about
2,000 and these cards in the possession of militants would adversely
impact on the military functioning in the area. The Airtel head
at Guwahati in Assam was intimated about it and he promised to
look into the matter, but no action was taken yet. Later, the
Army filed an FIR against Airtel as well as ATSUM on July24.
The UMHA alerted all the eight North Eastern states
to maintain a maximum vigil to deal with any threat of jihadi
activities in the region, a top official said. "The UMHA has requested
all the eight North Eastern states to remain maximum alert to
tackle any threat of jihadi actions in North East India, especially
in Assam," the top official of Tripura Government's home department
said quoting an advisory of the UMHA. The official also said that
the UMHA also alerted the all central and state intelligence agencies
to keep a close watch on the situation especially along the international
||The drive against entry of
non-local people without valid documents into the state continued
for the third day, by a team of civil bodies led by the JCILPS members.
During the drive, the team intercepted around 87 non-local labourers
who were later handed over to Sekmai Police Station. Speaking to
media persons, Hayatur Rahman Yumkhaibam, assistant convenor (organisation)
of JCILPS, lamented the action of the Police who allegedly handed
over the apprehended labourers to their respective employers who
had hired them despite the fact that they did not posses any valid
document. The issue here is not only about the possession of ID
cards but that the labourers did not have workers license, he contended.
He informed that the drive against non-local will continue further.
Volunteers of JCILPS, Advanced Women Society,
Awang Sekmai and Awang Sekmai Protection Committee further detected
50 more non-locals while checking inter-State passenger buses
at Awang Sekmai Nongthonband and handed over to the Police. The
non-local workers hailing from Assam, West Bengal and Maharashtra
were detected while checking 10 Imphal-bound buses. JCILPS assistant
convenor Hayatur Rahaman Yumkhaibam said that they have stopped
unregulated entry of 566 non-locals into the State in the past
few days. He said that of the 61 non-locals detected today, 11
were freed as they were found to be students of Central Agricultural
University, Manipur University and other institutes while the
remaining 50 including 14 minors and a woman have been handed
over to Sekmai Police for further verification.
Apex bodies of the Zeliangrong people have written
a strong note to the NSCN-IM demanding the 'immediate stoppage'
of 'illegal logging' in Zeliangrong territory by functionaries
of the political group. In a memorandum to the Collective Leadership
of the NSCN-IM on July 7 (which made public on July 27), the Zeliangrong
Baudi, Assam Manipur Nagaland, and the AZSU, Assam Manipur Nagaland,
have called for "stringent action" in the "best interest of justice"
on the works of some senior functionaries of the NSCN-IM's Huthrong
Brigarde who are allegedly involved in timber logging in the traditional
land of Chaka/Kanem, a Zeliangrong village under Senapati District
India asked Myanmar to act against four top leaders
of the NSCN-K, including its chief S.S. Khaplang, accused of the
ambush on an army convoy in Manipur in June, 2015, in which 18
soldiers were killed. The message was conveyed to a Myanmar delegation,
led by Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Major General Aung Soe.
The team is on a two-day visit in New Delhi. The stand is being
seen as a climb-down as India had earlier requested Myanmar to
hand over the top leadership of the outfit, stated the report.
At least four students, including a girl sustained
injuries in a clash between Police and protestors during a protest
rally, demanding introduction of ILPS in Manipur and roll back
of 'wanted' tag on head of former JCILPS convener Khomdram Ratan.
Hundreds of students from various schools took out a rally along
the NH-2 at Singjamei area of Imphal. The Police stopped the protestors
at the super market area of Singjamei to allow normal traffic,
following which a clash erupted. As some students started pelting
stones, Police used tear gas shells and smoke bombs to disperse
them. "Recent occurrence of unpleasant incidents where tribal
students of higher secondary schools in Imphal were forced to
take part in rallies by the student unions is strongly condemnable,"
the KSO, Imphal in a statement signed by its general secretary
Khaiminlen Doungel stated.
One militant of KCP identified as Oinam Somenchandra
was arrested by Manipur Police from Jaipur Khunou in Bishnupur
District. The 32-year-old, though associated with KCP which is
engaged in SoO with the Centre and the State Government, was also
found to have links with the NRFM, the Police officer said.
Local people checked inter-State passenger vehicles
heading towards Imphal, and they pulled down 44 non-local labourers
who were later handed over to Police. Since July 21, volunteers
of the Advanced Women Society, Awang Sekmai and the Awang Sekmai
Protection Committee have been checking inter-State passenger
vehicles. All the 44 non-local labourers pulled down included
two women and none of them possessed identification documents.
The verification drive was also joined by JCILPS members.
People staged sit-in-protests along Tiddim road
from Keishampat to Malom in response to the call of the JCILPS.
Sit-in-protests could be seen at Keishampat, Thouda Bhabok Leikai,
Takhellambam Leikai, Kwakeithel bazar and Ghari Makha Leikai etc.
The protesters put up placards that read 'we want ILPS', 'long
live Manipur', 'pass a new Bill during the upcoming State Assembly
session' and 'we condemn wanted tag on former JCILPS convenor
Kh Ratan' etc.
The UNC appealed to leaders of tribes, women,
students/youth, village, Church and all concerned to observe August
3 as a 'Historic Day' in their respective jurisdictions by holding
special prayer programme for early settlement of the Indo-Naga
Framework Agreement. After waiting for more than 18 years, the
historic Indo-Naga Framework Agreement was signed between the
GoI and the NSCN on Aug 3, 2015. In a statement, UNC general secretary
S Milan said that since the Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement came
into force from August 1, 1997, the Nagas have been patiently
and prayerfully waiting for a political settlement at the earliest
as it is impossible for the Naga tribals to protect, defend and
safeguard their life, land, history, identity, tradition, culture
and time honoured institution under the present 'oppressive' political
system of the 'communal Govt of Manipur.' The UNC then urged the
GoI and the NSCN to finalise the Framework Agreement with political
will which is acceptable and honourable to the Nagas based on
the unique history of the Nagas and bring it to a logical conclusion
at the earliest.
The Convener-in-charge of the JCILPS BK Moirangcha
during a press conference at Singjamei in Imphal called a 24-hour
'public curfew' from midnight in protest against Police action
preventing holding of a public meeting at Singjamei in Imphal.
The JCILPS had plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the ongoing
ILP stir in the State in association with another JAC at Singjamei.
But the Police stopped them from doing so as part of enforcing
prohibitory orders in Imphal East District, sources said.
A 24-hour 'public curfew' in Manipur affected
normal life in the bandh and blockade-ridden State. The 'public
curfew' which came into force from July 29 midnight was called
by JCILPS in protest against the Police action preventing holding
of a public meeting to discuss the ongoing ILP stir in the State
at Singjamei in Imphal. However, Police said they stopped them
from doing so as part of enforcing prohibitory orders in Imphal
JAC against attempt to murder Dr N Gyaneshore
Singh has threatened to impose an indefinite bandh along Tiddim
road from August 10 if the State Government, RIMS authority and
Police fail to take action against those who were involved in
the attempt to murder Dr Gyaneshore. In a statement, the JAC said
that a decision in this regard was taken during a joint meeting
of the JAC, civil society organisations and meira paibis of Bishnupur
District held at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai community hall.
The KSO Tuilangkol block, Longpi area in Tamenglong
District rescued five abducted persons, including an AE and SO,
who have been supervising PMGSY works, from the forest where they
were held as captives by armed cadres of UTLA-GHQ. Sangboi Doungel,
president of KSO Tuilangkol, said a team led by SO Nangong Kamei
and AE Maniruddin visited the road construction sites in Tuilangkol
area for official purposes on July 30. Around 8 unidentified armed
cadres entered the place where the officials took shelter for
the night and abducted them. When the villagers came to know of
the incident, they reported to the KSO Tuilangkol. During an enquiry
of the incident, the student body came to know that the abductors
were UTLA-GHQ cadres. The body formed a team and rescued the abducted
persons. The students’ body, while condemning the act, has appealed
to the UTLA – GHQ not to continue such acts in the near future.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha,
posed by CN Jayadevan, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren
Rijiju blamed the Manipur Government for continuation of AFSPA
in the State. He said that AFSPA is reviewed periodically and
objective assessment of ground situation is made in consultation
with security agencies and concerned State Governments. He also
clarified that Manipur is declared as disturbed area under AFSPA
by the State Government of Manipur.
Deputy CM Gaikhangam said drafting of a new bill
of ILP to regulate flow of migrants in the state is nearing completion
and the same will be introduced in the upcoming monsoon budget
session. The new statute will be acceptable to the people of the
valley and the hill Districts to protect and preserve the rights
of the indigenous people, Gaikhangam, who also holds the Home
Portfolio, said. He added that senior lawyers of the Supreme Court
had been consulted in drafting it.
The GoI remained tight lipped on the content of
Framework Agreement with NSCN-IM even after one year. The GoI
and NSCN-IM signed a Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015. Even
after one year of signing the agreement the Government has nothing
much to reveal on the same. Replying to a question posed by Thokchom
Meinya and Mining Ering regarding the Naga pact in Lok
Sabha, Rijiju said the Framework Agreement lays down broad
principle within which final agreement will be worked out and
added that consultation with all stakeholders including State
Governments of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur will be
held before reaching a final agreement.
Suspected Kuki militants in Manipur, who are signatories
to the SoO, killed a person and injured the village chieftain
critically in Senapati District. The victim has been identified
as Thangneilal Chongloi (30). The injured village chieftain is
60-year-old Thangkholal Chongloi. The attackers left the village
soon after the incident.
Two persons – a CRPF personnel and a two-year-old
baby - were seriously injured after a powerful bomb exploded near
the State Museum, adjacent to Raj Bhavan in Imphal. The blast
comes at a time when the Police and Paramilitary Forces had beefed
up security measures all over the state ahead of the Independence
Day celebrations. Some cars parked near the blast site were
damaged by the impact. Police sources told that no underground
organisation has claimed responsibility. “Within minutes
of the blast at 5.40 p.m., we cordoned off the areas for a search
operation. However, no suspect could be accounted for. We are
conducting operations round the clock,” a Police officer said.
A powerful IED weighing around 2 kilogram was
found planted near M Sector (Defence PRO’s office), located a
few metres away from Raj Bhavan. A foot patrol party of 109th Battalion
CRPF, who were manning Raj Bhavan, came across a suspicious object
wrapped in a black polythene bag on the side of the road located
between M Sector and Johnstone Higher Secondary School. Police
and Paramilitary personnel cordoned off the place and later diffused
A powerful bomb weighing 3.5 kilograms was recovered
in Imphal. The bomb, which has since been diffused, was found
in a plant pot about five metres away from the sentry post of
the PIB (Defence wing). The Police linked such incidents to the
subversive activities that various insurgents groups in Manipur
attempt to carry out ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.
24 persons have been detained for verification
during a search operation conducted at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai
in Imphal West District. The operation was carried out under the
supervision of Imphal West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit and Imphal
West commando OC P Sanjoy as a pre-emptive measure ahead of Independence
Day celebration. The Police blocked all the roads leading to the
area and called out all the people who are between the age of
15 and 50 years for verification.
Local volunteers and Meira Paibi activists
pulled up five non-local labourers at Pheidinga in Imphal West
District and handed them over to Police. In solidarity to the
popular movement being spearheaded by the JCILPS for enactment
of a Constitutional safeguard for protection of indigenous people
of Manipur, people of Sekmai have been keeping a close watch over
entry of non-local people through Imphal-Dimapur highway. JCILPS
assistant convenor (organisation) Hayatur Rahaman Yumkhaibam said
that they have received reports about buses dropping off non-local
passengers before reaching check points and non-local people taking
alternative routes. JCILPS has already appealed to all transporters
not to bring in non-local people who do not possess valid identification
documents. JCILPS has started due preparations to increase the
number of check points and intensify the verification drive, Hayatur
Police commandos arrested a woman cadre of the
RPF, identified as Th Puinabati Devi alias Inaocha (47)
of Khurai Konsam Leikai in Imphal East District in an operation.
Two BSF personnel sustained injuries when three
low intensity bombs believed to be IEDs exploded on the Imphal-Mao
sector of National Highway 39 in Senapati District. The incident
happened when a convoy of 54 BSF on its way to Imphal, was passing
through an area located between Changoubung and Kangpokpi, in
the District, Police said. The two injured BSF personnel who were
travelling in a mini bus have been identified as constables Anil
Kumar and Lalji Yadav. Anil sustained injury on his hand and Lalji
on his leg.
A combined team of District Police and 25 AR of
Loitang Khunou post arrested a person along with an RDX-type IED
weighing around 3 kilograms on NH-2 in Imphal West District. Acting
on credible information, the SFs carried out a frisking drive
at Tendongyang under Sekmai Police Station and found a suspicious
object wrapped in a black polythene bag was recovered from a gunny
bag containing rice inside a bus. Later, bomb experts detonated
The JCILPS has set August 13 deadline for the
Government to organise consultation meetings with all stake holders
on the new Bill which is being drafted in place of the PMP Bill
2015. Speaking to mediapersons at their Sega Road, Konjeng Hazari
Leikai office, JCILPS convenor in-charge BK Moirangcha said that
intense forms of mass agitation would be launched if the Government
fails to organise due consultation programmes by August 13.
Two bombs exploded in quick succession at Moreh
in Chandel District near the Indo-Myanmar border. There is however
no report of any casualty. A source informed that the first bomb
went off at Moreh Ward Number 3 near the office of Meitei Council,
Moreh. Shortly later, another bomb exploded near the LIC office
building at Moreh. Personnel of 11 AR and the District Police
have cordoned off the area.
Irom Chanu Sharmila, popularly known as the iron
lady, who had campaigned against AFSPA, ended her hunger strike.
“I will never forget this moment,” Sharmila told media reporters
after breaking her fast with honey. Sharmila was on a hunger strike
for 5757 days and was being force-fed through a nasal tube to
keep her alive at a prison-turned-hospital in Imphal. Talking
to reporters at the crowded room of legal aid clinic in Chirap
court complex after the hearing, she reiterated her stand that
she would want to contest the Assembly elections. “If I win the
election and become chief minister I promise you to repeal the
act (AFSPA),” she added. Sharmila, who broke down while announcing
her decision to end the fast, said that some “radical groups”
were against her decision to get into politics.
A bomb blast allegedly targeting a BSF camp occurred
in Moirang Purel village near Imphal. However, no casualties were
reported in the blast, except for a seven-year-old child was reportedly
With the drafting of a new ILP Bill to regulate
flow of ‘non-locals’ into the state nearing completion Manipur
government went public to seek suggestions, if any that may likely
be incorporated. While re-naming the new bill as “Manipur Regulation
of Non-Local People Bill-2016”, the Government has proposed to
take 1972 as the base year to identify the local populace of Manipur.
The decision to go public was made during the cabinet meeting
chaired by CM O. Ibobi Singh on August 9. A statement issued by
the government stated that the suggestions from the public would
be considered till August 24.
Vehicular movement along Imphal-Moreh road came
to a grinding halt owing to indefinite bandh called by
the JAC against the murder of M Jamkholal Zou alias George.
The CorCom, a conglomerate of several armed organisations,
has appealed to the people to observe Manipur (Kangleipak) Independence
Day Anniversary on August 14. A statement issued by the committee
asserted that Manipur has a history of being an independent kingdom
in WESEA spanning over 2000 years.
Several North East insurgent groups have called
for a total shutdown in the region on August 15 while announcing
their decision to boycott the Independence Day celebration. A
joint statement of the UNLFWESEA, CorCom, Manipur; GNLA and HNLC
appealed to the people of the region to boycott the Indian Independence
Day. The insurgent groups also announced for a total shutdown
on August 15 from 1 a.m. till 6 p.m. They further asked all public
and private transportation to stop their services, shops and markets
to down their shutters and educational institutions to remain
A top militant of the insurgent outfit TPLA has
been arrested by the SFs in Senapati District. Based on intelligence
inputs, a joint team of 25 Assam Rifles and Police arrested Nehmang
Singist alias Mang from Keithelmanbi in Senapati District.
He confessed to be the self-styled Home Secretary of TPLA who
had joined the outfit in August 2015 and is involved in illegal
extortion from government officials, businessmen and common people,
officials said. During search, SFs recovered one 9 mm pistol with
Just two days after Irom Chanu Sharmila broke
her 16 years fast demanding the repeal of AFSPA, four Naga dominated
hill Districts Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul rose as
one against the continued imposition of the Army Act and took
massive rallies across the four hill Districts.
The KNF-N announced its decision to boycott the
Indian Independence Day celebration in all Kuki dominated areas
and imposed a total bandh in all Districts, State and National
Highways from midnight of August 14, till the sunset of August
15. In a statement information and publicity secretary of the
outfit Gogou Vaiphei said that it will separately boycott the
Independence Day with its might and strength apart from the UNLFWESEA
or the collective bandh called by North East insurgents
groups. He continued that the Independence Day boycott will continue
until and unless Government of Manipur paves the way for creation
of ‘Kukiland’. The outfit said that the demand for Kuki State
is permissible under Article 244 (A) of the Constitution of India.
Two medium intensity IEDs exploded one at Singjaimei
Chinnarel Hill AR deployment near Manipur College and the other
at Sagolband Tera bazar near the gate of Shri Madhumangol in Imphal.
In both the blast no casualty or injury has been reported. In
the Sagolband blast one old man has been reported to have lost
his hearing by the sound of the IED blast.
Alleging that contractors in Manipur's Naga area
take recommendation from the NSCN-IM, MNPF said that the outfit
will start checking on the development works execution by the
contractors. In a statement signed by assistant publicity secretary
MNPF, Thomas Numai, alleged the NSCN-IM will start checking on
the development works execution by the contractors to strengthen
the development in the hill area, particularly in the Naga areas
of Manipur. "For the last 20 years 90% of the development works
of the hill areas particularly in the Naga areas have been spoiled
by NSCN-IM," it stated. "It's really wonder and very unfortunate
on the part of the Manipur Government accepting the NSCN-IM recommendations
to award any work order," MNPF rued.
Manipur Police arrested 273 UG cadres belonging
to different UG groups from January to June this year. Four ultras
were killed in encounters with Police/ SFs while 64 different
weapons, 959 assorted ammunition, 41 hand grenades, 12 lathode
shells, 68 detonators, five bombs, one TNT bomb, four IEDs, 27
gelatine explosive sticks, two safety fuse (six feet long non-electric),
one electric detonator and 3 W/T sets were seized during this
time, said a statement issued by DIPR. Further, the Police/SFs
also recovered INR 650,552 and Kyat 50 from the leaders/cadres
of various UG groups. Moreover, 32 persons including militants
belonging to various UG groups were detained under NSA.
A 48-hour state-wide general strike has been called
from midnight of August 18 in protest against the arrest of former
Convenor of JCILPS Khomdram Ratan. The strike was called by JAC
constituted against declaration of former JCILPS Convenor Khomdram
Ratan as a wanted man. Co-convenor of JAC, Kshetrimayum Thoiba
made an announcement in this regard at a hurriedly called press
conference in Imphal. In the meantime, Khomdram Ratan, former
Convenor of JCILPS, who was declared a wanted man with a cash
reward of INR 500,000 to anyone who can provide information leading
to his arrest on charges of "indulging in prejudicial activities
against the State", was produced before the court on August 18
and remanded in judicial custody till August 26. On August 17,
Ratan came out of hiding and took part in the ongoing relay hunger
strike here demanding introduction of ILP system in Manipur. However,
Police commandos arrested him.
Two underground activists including an NSCN-IM
cadre have been arrested by State Police and SFs in separate counter
insurgency operations. The NSCN-IM cadre identified as P Romio
Changra Chothe (32) of Chumbang village was arrested by a combined
team of Thoubal District Police commandos and 22 AR from Pallel
Bazar area of Thoubal District. Eight blank work permit cards
of the Government of People Republic of Nagalim were seized from
his possession, the statement alleged.
An active member of TPLA was arrested from the
Imphal Airport by a combined team of Imphal West Police commandos
and 12 Bihar Regiment. The cadre identified as Hengoulal Haokip
(21) of Kangpokpi was planning to take a flight to New Delhi when
he was arrested. Police investigation revealed that he had extorted
a huge amount of money from businessmen, vehicle associations,
oil pumps, etc along NH-39 as party fund. Incriminating articles
were seized from his possession, the statement added.
A hand grenade was found inside Manmasi Messianic
Council Centre Church campus which is located around 100 meters
below ADC, Kangpokpi office in Sadar Hills District Council. The
grenade was found by the chowkidar while cleaning the Church vicinity.
He alerted the Police after which Kangpokpi Police immediately
rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.
Normal life has been severely paralysed on the
first day of the 48-hour bandh in Manipur. However, there is no
report of any major unwanted incidents so far. The strike which
began on August 18 midnight last was called in protest against
the arrest of former Convenor of JCILPS Khomdram Ratan. The strike
which was called by JAC constituted against declaration of former
JCILPS Convenor Khomdram Ratan as a 'wanted man' will conclude
at midnight tonight following a decision at an emergency meeting
of the JAC.
An encounter broke out between troops of 2/5 GR
and suspected militants at interior Khangpi village in Henglep
sub-division in Churachandpur District of Manipur along Indo-Myanmar
border. A reliable source said that 2/5 GR troops rushed to the
area after getting specific information about the movement of
underground cadres armed with sophisticated weapons there. After
the troops reached the area, the two sides engaged in a fierce
gunbattle for around half an hour, the source added. Although
report of any casualty could not be confirmed, the source said
that there might be some casualties on the side of the militants.
It added that the suspected underground cadres fled the area soon
after the encounter under cover of the thick jungles. However,
there is no report of any arrest.
Two hand grenades were found at the residences
of two individuals at Takhel under Lamlai police station in Imphal
East District. According to information, some unidentified persons
came to the residence of Takhel Gram Panchayat Pradhan Thokchom
(O) Priyo (48) w/o Lanthoi and left behind a hand grenade at around
10.20 am. The unidentified persons put the hand grenade inside
the left pocket of Lanthoi's shirt. Lanthoi immediately took out
the grenade and kept it at the verandah. Not long after, the same
group of unidentified persons came inside the kitchen of one Sagolsem
Binodkumar (48) at Takhel Mamang Leikai and placed a hand grenade
on an LPG gas stove. The twin incidents evoked a tense situation
at Takhel and the villagers went after the group of unidentified
persons. Later in the afternoon, a bomb disposal squad of Manipur
Police arrived at the village. They retrieved the two hand grenades
and set them off safely at Kanghu Chingjin.