Manipur Timeline 2018



January 1

Police recovered an IED near the main entrance of Mantripukhri in Imphal West District. According to sources, a Police patrolling party found the IED on the road side, along Imphal-Dimapur highway. Later Bomb Disposal Squad disposed off the IED.

A KCP-Noyon militant was arrested near Moreh Forest Gate in Tengupal District. According to authorities, the arrested militant was working under the 'finance secretary' of the group , identified as 'captain' Ramesh alias Yangba who is in Aucheng in Myanmar.

Churachandpur District Police arrested 37 militants in 2017 and recovered 41 weapons (including 15 small arms), 28 detonators and 9 gelatin sticks. Two individuals were also detained under the National Security Act.

Imphal West Police arrested 118 militants in 2017. Police also recovered two .32 pistols with magazines and six live rounds, a, .32 revolver, three .9 mm pistols with magazines and 16 lie bullet rounds, two Chinese hand grenades with detonators, two hand grenades with one detonator, one AK-56 rifle with five magazines and 56 AK ammunition, one lethod gun with 10 shells, 81 gelatin sticks, two TNT cases.

UCM a civil society organization stated that GoI should confine the frame work agreement with NSCN-IM to Nagaland. The President of UCM stated that "If the framework agreement and its outcome is confined only to Nagaland, there will be no issue and complications'.

He also added that 'If the framework agreement or any solution based on it is going to affect the interest of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, then no solution should be worked out without consulting the governments of these states and stakeholders'. UCM president is the spokesperson for the eight-member delegation of three citizens'' organisations who had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in December.

January 3

In a suspected extortion threat a trader dealing in cement escaped unhurt when unidentified assailants hurled a grenade at his shop at Khurai in Imphal East District. Police said the grenade hit the roof of the shop and failed to explode.

A KCP militant Athokpak Dinesh Singh alias Mathoi was arrested from Pechi Mayai Leikai in Thoubal District. It has been revealed that the militant was involved in various extortion activities.

A PREPAK militant was arrested from Imphal West District. The militant was identified as Kshetrimayum Biken alias Pamel alias Nongdol.

Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government said would enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries There are already free movement rights for people ordinarily residing in the border areas of both countries.

The agreement will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries, a statement said. It is expected to provide connectivity and enhance interaction of the people from north-eastern states of India with those of Myanmar. The agreement will safeguard the traditional rights of the largely tribal communities residing along the border which are accustomed to free movement across the land border, the statement read.

January 4

Unidentified militant shot dead a civilian identified as Loukrakpam Sananingthem Singh at Lamsang Khunou area in Imphal West. UNLF later claimed responsibility for the incident. The victim was earlier arrested in connection with a sexual assault case in 2015.

Police have tightened security to check the possible influx of migrants after a draft of the NRC was published in Assam. DGP L.M. Khaute has supervised security measures along the Assam-Manipur border. Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh stated that 'Additional Police and paramilitary personnel have been rushed to Jiribam District to ensure that undesirable persons do not enter (our state)'. Police was also deployed along the Assam-Tamenglong highway and Jessami in Ukhrul District.

January 6

Unidentified persons exploded a grenade at Raj grocery store located at Phungreitang in Ukhrul. The two injured persons were working as salesmen of the shop and were identified as Anish Kumar from (Kanglatongbi) and Vijay Kumar (from Bihar).

UNC the apex body of Nagas in Manipur is confident that a final solution to the protracted political dialogue going on between GoI and NSCN-IM.

January 7

VIPN has claimed responsibility for grenade explosion o January 6. According to a statement by 'publicity secretary' of VIPN, S. Shirat the blast was part of ILP campaign in the District.

January 10

Police arrested a suspected extortionist identified as Kaiyenpaibam Sanjit from areas of Sagolband Tera in Imphal West District. Police also recovered one 0.32 revolver 6 live rounds, 1 double barrel rifle ammunitions and one M 20 pistol with one life round.

Kuki militant groups under two umbrella organisations KNO and UPF who are conducting talks with GoI have demanded creation of a territorial council for the Kukis in Manipur. The demand was placed in writing during talks held in New Delhi. The militant groups had had signed a suspension of operation agreement with GoI in 2008 and the January 10 talks was the sixth round of talks. The demand memorandum was signed by UPF 'spokesperson' Aaron Kipgen and KNO 'negotiator' Seilen Haokip. Altogether 13 delegates from the two organisations participated in the talks. Kukis have long been demanding creation of a separate Kuki state out of Manipur. The groups also demanded "constitutional" safeguards for Kukis in Manipur.

January 12

Suspected militants hurled hand grenades and fired at an Assam Rifles post in Kangpokpi District. Although AR personnel fired at the militants, they managed to escape. No fatality was reported in the incident.

A truck driver indentified as Sorokhaibam was abducted by unidentified assailants near Lamlong in Imphal East District.

January 13

The Union Government has asked the four states that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute "border pass" to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll the border residents under Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war footing.

January 15

A woman identified as Yendrembam Sobita was wounded in a blast caused by remote controlled IED near Raj Bhavan in Imphal East District. The incident was preceded by another explosion when an unidentified militant lobbed a grenade near at M Sector Defense PRO office also located in Imphal East District. The twin blasts took place in one of the highest security zones of the State and at a time when the State police are taking up preventive measures for the coming Republic Day celebration.

Police have been conducting a random mopping operation at sensitive places across valley areas, particularly in Imphal and its outskirt since the last few days.

January 16

Police recovered a Chinese grenade from M-Sector in Imphal East District. The authorities stated that the grenade was lobbed but had failed to explode. Earlier on January 15 a grenade had exploded in the same area. No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for either incident.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security situation in the North-eastern States. According to official data, the security situation in the region has improved and insurgency-related incidents have gone down by 85 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2000. According to the data, there were 308 insurgency-related incidents in 2017, the lowest since 1997.

In 2000, 1,963 insurgency-related incidents had taken place in the Northeast. Also, the death toll of security personnel and civilians was lowest last year when 12 security forces personnel and 37 civilians were killed.

The number of cases of kidnapping or abduction also went down by 40 per cent as 168 incidents were reported in 2016, which came down to 102 in 2017.

January 19

Kuki Chiefs' Association Tengnoupal District threatened to launch democratic forms of protest if the newly created District was not made fully functional as a full-fledged revenue District. Association's general secretary LS Seikho Baite alleged that government is yet to depute officials in adequate strength for proper administration in the District.

January 18

Two HCC employees were abducted from Kangchup in Imphal West District by KNF-MC.

UMHA is considering creating a 29-battalion India-Myanmar Border Force from AR and ITBP to curtail smuggling, gun running and insurgent activities. The new force will patrol right up to the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong AR guards the border but patrols up to 500 meters from the so-called zero line, which leaves the border partly porous. AR will be paired with 4 battalions from ITBP to form the new force, with ITBP in charge. This will result in ITBP not only patroling the 3,488-km LAC with China but also the border with Myanmar.

January 22

UNLFW an umbrella group of rebel groups on January 22 called for a total boycott of Republic Day celebrations. Khango Konyak, the newly appointed 'chairman' of UNLFW, in a statement said '(We want) a 24-hour total shutdown on January 26 and to engage concerted refusal by not attending or gathering at any governmental offices or public places within 24 hours of that day, except some emergency services.

An unidentified PREPAK-PRO female militant was arrested from Wangkhei Andro Parking in Imphal East.

January 23

SFs recovered a cache of ammunition from Kassom in Imphal East District. The recovered weapons include five pistols, two grenades and an assortment of ammunition.

In view of the Republic Day celebrations to be held on January 26, Imphal East Police on January 22 conducted combing operations in and around Hatta Golapati area and verified around 367 individuals including 87 women, reports Assam Tribune. Four people were detained during the operation.

A UNLF militant from Wangjing Sorokhaibam Leikai in Thoubal District.

January 24

An IED was recovered by SFs from NH 2 between Wangjing and Kamjong towns in Thoubal District. Police bomb squad personnel removed it later and exploded it safely. Moreover SFs conducted CASO operations at the general area of Thangkangphai and Mata village in Churachandpur.

Police arrested 'commander in chief' of KNF-MC Sonkhogin Kipgen alias Hegin and his associate Ngamkholen Kipgen alias Lelen from Churachandpur District.

January 25

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

January 27

Unidentified militants detonated a remot controlled IED near the house of BJP MLA at Khurkhul Makha Leikai in Imphal West District. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. While searching the area, the Police team found that the remote controlled IED was placed near the compound wall of the MLA's residence.

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

January 30

Unidentified assailants shot dead an individual identified as Thokchom Ratan, at Samaram Lamkhai in Thoubal District. Earlier UNLF had claimed responsibility for killing of another man accused of sexual assault at Lamsang Khunou area in Imphal West District. KCP militant Chongtham Suresh Singh alias Thoi alias Ghee was arrested from Khurai Angom Maning Leikai in Imphal East District. A pistol and two live rounds were recovered from the arrested militant.

A militant of KCP-Noyon identified as Ashem Rishikanta was arrested from the vicinity of Eastern Shine ground in Tengnoupal District.

Janauary 31

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

February 1

A dead body bearing bullet wounds was recovered n Tengnoupal District along Manipur-Myanmar border. The victim has been identified as Mohammad Kheruddin.

Police arrested three suspected Rohingya women identified as Harijan Babi, Fatima Begum and Johra Biibi, at check post in Jiribam. An individual identified as Nasir Ali who allegedly had brought the women into the state and provided them with fake Aadhar cards was also arrested.

UNLF has claimed responsibility for killing of a sexual assault suspect on January 30 at Khongjom-Samaram Lamkhai Imphal West District.

An arms dealer identified as T Paominlen was arrested from Churachandpur District. Recovered items include 47 live rounds of 5.56mm, 12 rounds of 9mm calibre.

February 4

Churachandpur Police arrested a militant of a new group identified as UKRA from Boljol villa?e, Churachandpur District. The arrested militant has been identified as Nguljalen Haokip. The militant had given demand letter of INR five million to an official of ADC of Churachandpur.

February 5

Two AR troopers were wounded when unidentified militants hurled two grenades at the Polo Ground in Imphal West District which was hosting equestrian championship. The wounded troopers have been identified as Uttam Kumar and Bahadur Limbu. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

All missionary schools including the 72 Catholic schools, 17 higher secondary schools and three colleges in the state in and around Imphal have been closed for indefinite period following threats from the KCP-MC.

February 6

Two grenades exploded inside the Transit Camp of AR located near Minuthong bridge in Imphal West District. The wounded men have been identified as Amar Sargari, Raj Kishore, Pradeep Sharma, S. Pradhan, Dependra Subardi, Rajesh Kumar, Umesh Kumar, H. Konyak and Sanju Lambu.

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh stated that a SIT will be constituted to investigate the February 5 grenade attacks in which two AR troopers were wounded.

SFs arrested a PLA militant rom Khurkhul Junction in Imphal West District. The arrested militant has been identified as Naurem John Mark alias Kangleicha.

February 7

SFs busted an arms and drug racket operating at Lilong in Thoubal District. A female member of the racket was arrested. SFs recovered three live rounds of ammunition.

Manipur CM formed the State Assembly that the NIA will probe the three explosions which took place on January 15, February 5 and 7 in Imphal's high security areas.

UNLF claimed responsibility for February 7 grenade attack in AR transit camp. UNLF in a statement claimed that the attack was carried out by a special team of MPA carried out the attack.

UNLF statement also claimed responsibility for the February 5 grenade attack in which two AR men were wounded as well as the explosions on January 15 in M-Sector in Imphal East.

KCP-MC progressive issued a statement claiming that the ban imposed on Catholic Educational Society was 'for the sake of the people'. The statement also claimed that they had not put the ban for making gains, demands or admission quota.

An arms smuggler identified as Thongkhansang alias Sang Suite was arrested at Khomintang in Churachandpur District. An M-16 rifle was recovered from him.

February 8

KCP militant was arrested from Imphal East. The arrested militant has been identified as Nandeibam Saratjoy Singh. A pistol, two live rounds and an IED were recovered from the militant. This is part of the security measure taken up by Imphal East Police personnel in connection with the ban imposed against Catholic Schools.

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

February 10

NIA filed a charge sheet against three militants of KCP for conspiring and raising funds for terror activities. One of the charge sheeted militants has been identified as Laishram Ranjit Singh Meitei alias Tamnganba, the 'commander in chief' of KCP-PWG. Other militants were identified as Khumanthem Naobicha Singh who is the 'finance secretary' of KCP- Lamjanba Khuman faction and Thoudam Chaothoi Singh a militant of Lamjanba Khuman faction. The three militants were arrested in New Delhi in 2017.

MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that GoI has revised stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered militants in Northeast. The new surrender scheme will come into effect from April 2018. The monthly allowance would be increased from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the militants will be given a relief amount of INR 400,000 which was earlier INR 1, 50,000.

February 11

SFs three arms and weapon smugglers from Khongjom in Thoubal District. A double barrel shotgun and live rounds were recovered from the arrestees.

Kiren Rijiu stated in the parliament that Manipur had the highest number of insurgency related incidents amongst northeastern states in 2017 with 167 insurgency related incidents.

According to UMHA insurgency incidents in north-east declined by 63 per cent as compared to 2014 in and 36 per cent compared to 2016 as the year 2017 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency related incidents since 1997. There were 824 insurgency related incidents in 2014, 574 incidents in 2015, 484 in 2016, 308 in 2017. Civilian casualties has also recorded a decrease by 83 percent, from 212 in 2014 to 37 in 2017 while casualty rate of SFs declined by 40 percent, from 20 in 2014 to 12 in 2017.

SFs arrested two KYKL militants NH 102 in Imphal West District. Two pistols and ammunitions were recovered from them.

February 13

CM Biren Singh announced that a new and 'attractive' surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants in the state would be in place in a couple of months. The CM stated that 'the Centre is examining a proposal sent by the state government and the new revised comprehensive policy is likely to be implemented by April this year'. Following a cabinet decision taken in May 2017, state Government proposed to hike the monthly stipend of surrendered insurgents from INR 4,000 to INR 8,000 for three years. Of the INR 8,000, INR 2,000 will be counted as ration money. Additionally, one-time financial grant provided by the government to surrendered militants will be increased from INR 2, 50,000 to INR 4, 00,000.

Spokesperson of MEA stated that it will continue to support the peace process and that national reconciliation in Myanmar will also benefit the north-eastern states. The spokesperson stated that comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar will also be conducive for peace and prosperity in India's north-eastern region. The statement came after two militant groups in Myanmar MNSP and LDU signed the NCA and joined the peace process.

February 14

Manipur CM Biren Singh stated that Police and Paramilitary have been asked "to stop forthwith harassing former insurgents" who have joined the mainstream. The CM also stated that that if there were any further reports on harassment and torture to the former insurgents, strict disciplinary action would be taken up against the security personnel.

February 16

CM Biren Singh who is also in charge of Home Department has stated that the current strength of Manipur Police including Home Guards is 16319. He stated that existing manpower of Manipur Police includes 9226 Constables, 2769 Head Constables, 917 Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs), 1029 Sub Inspectors (Sis), 246 Inspectors and 2132 Home Guard personnel. Till February 1 this year, 33 Inspectors, 234 SIs, 271 ASIs, 876 Head Constables and 1540 Constables have been posted in Imphal West. 22 Inspectors, 120 SIs, 135 ASIs, 338 Head Constables, 1317 Constables have been posted in Imphal East district; 18 Inspectors, 102 SIs, 113 ASIs, 304 Head Constables and 1337 Constables in Thoubal district; 18 Inspectors, 83 SIs, 54 ASIs, 152 Head Constables and 743 Constables in Bishnupur district.

CM also added that Nine inspectors, 44 SIs, 61 ASIs, 161 Head Constables and 562 Constables have been posted in Chandel District, eight Inspectors, 56 SIs, 38 ASIs, 117 Head Constables and 523 Constables in Churachandpur District; nine Inspectors, 50 SIs, 42 ASIs, 86 Head Constables and 395 Constables in Tamenglong district. 17 Inspectors, 76 SIs, 66 ASIs, 192 Head Constables and 610 Constables have been posted in Senapati district; 12 Inspectors, 55 SIs, 34 ASIs, 137 Head Constables and 347 Constables in Ukhrul District.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.