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Manipur Timeline - Year 2014

January 1

Two powerful bombs exploded in Shingjamei area near Imphal. The IED was exploded through a remote-controlled device when people were celebrating New Year Day around 5.30am. A team of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area before launching a search operation. Different social organisations have appealed to militants not to explode bombs in crowded area.

A Chinese hand grenade wrapped inside a plastic bag was found outside the house of one Huidrom Ongbi Chandrakala Devi, head of a village in the Wangbal area of Thoubal District.

Five cadres of KLO/KLA which is under tripartite SoO pact with the State Government and the Government of India fled from their designated camp taking along with them 10 weapons. The five cadres fled from their Shamusong designated camp located within Saikul sub-division of Senapati District, informed a source.

January 2

Employees of Public Health Centre of Khumbong in Imphal West District staged sit-in-protest to denounce alleged extortion notice served by an armed group. Some of the employees present at the protest site mentioned that two unidentified persons showed up at the Centre recently and demanding that each of the employees cough up INR 10,000 and also insisted that the collected amount should be handed over within December 31, 2013.

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who is also in-charge of Home Department, stated that the Army authorities' intimation to the State Government they would not like to house former militants in their camps any longer is being studied between the State Government and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

January 3

Unidentified armed persons suspected to be cadres of NSCN-IM robbed a passenger bus carrying a consignment of betel leaves at Maram Centre in Senapati District. The passenger bus was travelling from Guwahati to Imphal. After stopping the bus, the armed persons pulled down betel leaves put inside five plastic buckets. It is suspected that the armed cadres confiscated the betel leaves in connection with monetary demand.

A Myanmar national, identified as Mohamad Nasiruddin (23), who entered the state with forged documents was arrested by Police. Mohamad Nasiruddin was travelling in passenger van from Imphal to Moreh when the vehicle was halted at Pallel in Thoubal District by Police.

January 4

Suspected MNPF militants, ambushed a patrolling team of the Border Security Force near Misihoubi in between Laikoiching and Moirangpurel about 9 km south west from Lamlai Police under Imphal East District.

The MNPF has in the meantime claimed that the outfit had launched an attack on the 49th Battalion C-Coy BSF using IED.A statement of the outfit has said that the attack was carried out by a select team of the outfit's army, MNPA. The outfit has further claimed that four Security Force personnel were killed during the attack. However, other reports claim no casualties during the attack.

SFs arrested a KYKL militant, identified as Maibam Chaoba alias Rojen alias Iboton (31), while conducting a search operation at Pechi area of Yairipok in Thoubal District. One 9mm pistol with three live rounds was recovered from his possession.

January 5 SF arrested another KYKL cadre, Athokpam Tomba alias Huikap Tomba Meitei (45), while conducting a search operation at Sekmaijin area in Thoubal District. SFs recovered one .9mm pistol along with two live rounds of ammunition and a mobile handset from him.
January 6

Persons lobbed a hand grenade at the House of PWD Executive Engineer Pukhrambam Mani located at Thamnapokpi under Moirang Police Station in Bishnupur District. Although there is no report of human casualty, two cars (Maruti 800 and i-10) were partially damaged by the blast. It is suspected that the attack was related with monetary demand.

SFs rescued one Jangkholun Guite, village secretary of Haokip Champhai of Saikul under Sagolmang Police Station in Senapati District, who was kidnapped on January 2 by suspected KNA-I cadres. Guite was rescued by the SFs from Kholjang village under Kangpokpi Police Station in Senapati District. Further, SFs arrested two militants of KNA-I along with one 7.65mm pistol, live rounds and two letters on the latter pad of KNA-I.

The Kuki militants conglomerate, URF celebrated its second raising day at their Loitang Khunou designated camp.

January 7 Refuting the claim of the MNPF that four BSF personnel were killed in an offensive launched against troops of 49 BSF on January 4 at Laikoiching, the BSF authority on January 7 said that the claim was totally baseless.
January 8 The UKLF has urged the Govt to stop entertaining new armed groups into the SoO pact as the present trends are likely to encourage the formation of more and more armed groups in the days to come.
January 9

A powerful bomb hurled by the militants exploded at the construction site of a railway line at Nungba area in Tamenglong District. No casualty was reported in the powerful explosion which took place.

SFs raided a NSCN-K camp near Lungchai village of Tamenglong district. Taking advantage of darkness and forested areas as well as alarm from their local sympathizers, the cadres managed to escape, leaving huge cache of arms and ammunition.

The indefinite ban imposed on Times of India newspaper in Manipur by the MSF has been lifted. However the ban on the RSS for demanding extension of the AFSPA-1958 shall continue.
January 10

AR and suspected cadres of the ZUF were engaged in a 20 minutes long gun battle at Langkhong Khunthak in Tamenglong district. According to a source, AR troops launched an assault in order to drive out some suspected ZUF cadres who have opened a temporary camp at Langkhong Khunthak. Later, the armed militants fled from the scene. There is no report of casualty on either side.

Some unidentified persons attacked a team of 143 CRPF by lobbing a hand grenade followed by a volley of gunfire at Irang along NH-37 in Tamenglong District. The CRPF team escaped unhurt. It was suspected that the assailants were ZUF cadres driven out by AR troops.

January 11

Suspected armed cadres of KNF-N abducted four persons who are engaged in construction of road near Singda Dam.

UNC had called for a 48-hour general strike in the "Naga populated" areas of the state beginning from January 16-midnight. The UNC said that the strike was called on to protest against the lack of positive response and sincerity by the Union Government on its demand for the alternative arrangement. However, no further information about the strike is available.

January 12 An explosive of medium intensity exploded near the AR transit camp at Minuthong in Imphal East District. The bomb exploded just 30 metres away from the eastern gate of the transit camp behind the western compound wall of Khuman Lampak Sports complex .However, no casualty was reported during the incident.
January 13

Police arrested four persons including a juvenile in connection with the recent desertion of five cadres of KNO/KLA along with weapons from the outfit's designated Sinai Camp in Senapati District. A source said that the four persons were arrested by personnel of Imphal Police Station from New Lambulane in New Checkon area in Imphal East District.

SFs arrested one PREPAK militant, 'Chapel' Kamjam Milan Singh alias Somendro (21), in Wangjing Bazar area. One .32 pistol with three live rounds was recovered from the possession of the arrested militant.

January 14

SFs arrested one KYKL cadre, Koijam Nimai Singh (53), at Manaingkhol area in Imphal West District. Four live rounds of 5.56 mm and a SANSUI mobile phone with three SIM cards were recovered from his possession.

SFs arrested one PREPAK Over Ground Worker, as Huidrom Deban alias Yambung (45), at Upokpi area of Imphal West District.

January 15

A cadre of UTLA-SK Thadou was killed and three others injured in an attack by a rival ULTA-Robert Singson in between Leingangpokpi and Phaital in Imphal East District.

Unidentified miscreants exploded a bomb outside the private residence of Nambol MLA Nameirakpam Loken, located at Sangaiprou in Imphal West District. No casualty was however reported.

January 17

One NSCN-IM cadre, Hormi (30), who sustained injuries in a gun fight with ZUF cadres at Bhalok village of Tamenglong District on November 12, 2013 succumbed to the injuries at Shija Hospital in Imphal. Notably, three ZUF cadres were also killed in the gun fight.

Unidentified militants abducted a driver of a mini-truck and a labourer from near Kanglatongbi temple under Sekmai police station in Imphal West District.

January 18

Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade at the residence of one Moirangthem Indrasana alias Indrasen in Thoubal District.

SFs arrested one KCP-MC cadre, Haojam Kiran Meetei (25), while conducting a search operation at Ningthoukhong Awang Khunou in Bishnupur District.

In a follow up operation at Kumbi and Saiton villages in Bishnupur District, three more cadres of the KCP-MC, Oinam Sobha Singh (55) Wahengbam Nokulchandra Singh (43) and Thongbam Umakanta Singh (39), were arrested. One CPU which is used for printing demand letters of the KCP (MC) was recovered from the possession of Thongbam Umakanta Singh.

January 19

Reacting to the Manipur-based UNC, the apex body of the Nagas in Manipur, threat of agitation, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambhu Singh issued a stern warning to the outfit saying it will not tolerate any disturbance of national projects, Trans Asian Railway line and 400 KV power grid transmission line in the State. The Joint secretary ruled out any immediate talks with the Naga outfit.

Four persons who were abducted by suspected KNF-N militants were released at Koirengei in Imphal West District. All the four persons were abducted from a work site from Singda in Senapati District. Sources said they were asked to pay INR 10 million.

SFs arrested a woman cadre of KCP, identified Naorem (N) Athokpam (O) Bandana Devi (42), from Khongman Zone II in Imphal East District. Two .9mm calibre pistols and 17 live rounds were recovered from her possession.

January 20

MCP-M called a 12-hour bandh (general strike) on January 26 which will commence from 5 am on January 26.

Alleging increasing crimes in the area, nearby villagers of Loitang Khunou Spinning Mill, where cadres of a militant KCP group under Suspension of Operation (SoO) have been lodged at a camp of Security Force personal, demanded shifting of the cadres from the area on January 20.

UNC has clarified that the Republic day (January 26) is not being boycotted. A peaceful abstention from participating in the Republic Day has been called by the UNC besides other civil actions to demonstrate the displeasure of the Nagas in Manipur over the alleged wilful insult to the Naga people and to the democratic process of dialogue, it said in a press release. To register our protest against the provocative statement of the Joint Secretary, MHA, the civil action of a peaceful rally scheduled to be held in all Naga District Head Quarters on the 23rd January, 2014 has been cancelled and would be replaced by a total 12 hour shut down from 6 am to 6 pm on the same day i.e. 23rd January, 2014.

January 21

SFs defused an IED in Jiri bazar of Jiribam Lamkhai in Imphal East District.

SFs arrested a RPF/PLA cadre, Maisnam Khamba (35), at Ngaikhong Khunou in Bishnupur District.

URF a conglomerate of five different factions of the KCP, 'home secretary' Ruhini Meitei categorically stated that none of its cadres were involved in any of the criminal and unlawful activities that took place at Loitang Khunou and surrounding areas in Imphal West District.

Various Tangkhul Naga bodies have announced their support to the 12 hours UNC bandh (General Strike) called on January 23 in all the Naga inhabited areas against the 'provocative' statement of Joint Secretary of (MHA) and to expedite the Alternative Arrangement (AA) demand of the UNC.

11 militant outfits of the North East have jointly given a call to boycott the Republic Day (January 26) and to observe a general strike.

In a joint statement, CorCom, an umbrella organization of Manipur-based militant groups, ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS,NLFT,KLO and HNLC have called upon the people of the region to boycott the Republic Day to fight together against the "colonial rule" of India. CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro, PLA and UNLF.

Some armed persons targeted a non-Manipuri migrant scrap dealer in Sagolband area in Imphal West District. However, the targeted migrant workers escaped when the pistol of the armed person got jammed.

The State Home Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei warned some tribal militant groups that if they do not stop abducting innocent persons for extracting ransom there may be untoward incidents between the tribals and non-tribals. He said that of late there had been a spur of kidnappings in some hill areas. At the moment, five non-tribals are in the custody of some tribal militant groups. These persons should be released immediately without any condition.

January 22

The URF, a conglomerate of five different factions of the KCP, announced a statewide bandh (general strike) from 12am to 5pm of January 26. A statement issued by the 'publicity secretary' of URF, Sanajaoba Meitei said that essential services would be exempted from the purview of the bandh. URF consists of KCP-MC, KCP-Military Task Force -Sunil Meitei, KCP-Chingkei Nganba, KCP-MC-Lamyanba Khuman and KCP-KK Nganba.

January 23

Ten unidentified gunmen abducted two civilians, a head mason, Oinam Kellon (56) and a labourer, Thangjam Dillip (54), from New Boljang Lower Primary school in Sadar Hills under Saikul sub-division in Senapati District.

Two persons, Maibam Tomba (33), mini truck driver of Nepra Company and Thongam Shanta (40), who were abducted on January 17 by some Kuki suspected militants were rescued by a team of commando from Koubru Leikha in Senapati District.

Police retrieved a hand grenade from the courtyard of Dr Sachindra Laishram (40) located at Kwakeithel Makha Thokchom Leikai in Imphal .Dr Sachindra is a consultant of Shija Eye Care Foundation. Sources said a KCP-Nganba faction led by Nganba had served a demand note to the doctor to pay INR 500,000 to the militant outfit on December 16, 2013.

The 12 hours bandh (General strike) called by UNC at the Naga inhabited area of Manipur against the provocative statement of Joint Secretary MHA and also to expedite the Naga people movement for alternative arrangement outside the Government of Manipur had a crippling effect in Ukhrul district. There was total shut down of markets, transport service, offices, schools and colleges for 12 hours.

SFs arrested six cadres of the UNLF, including three women, during a search operation conducted, at Oksu under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District.

January 24

SFs recovered two IED from Okshongbung and Kangvai area of Bishnupur District.

The KNF-N is all set to boycott the Republic Day (January 26) celebration of 2014 in five hill Districts of the state. KNF-N said their boycotting of the Repubic Day will be done "separately of our own excluding the CorCom (conglomerate of Manipur valley based militant outfits) or the collective bandh called by North East insurgent groups.

January 25

SFs detected an IED near a culvert between Torbung Bangla and S Kolin village in Bishnupur District.

Acting on specific intelligence, SFs raided a meeting of top NSCN-K and NNC cadres being held in Nonei Part-V in Tamenglong District leading to the arrest of 'sergeant' M Ading Rongmei (37) of NSCN-K and Paujokdai Malangmei alias Jenchui (38) of NNC. One 7.65 mm pistol with 10 rounds, one .22 pistol with five rounds, one 7.65 SLR magazine with 10 rounds and five mobile phones were recovered from the arrestees.

Another operation was launched by SFs leading to the arrest of 'sergeant' John Yangemei alias Karin of NSCN-IM in Tamenglong District. One .22 pistol (US made) with five cartridges and two mobile phones were recovered from the individual, who reportedly came to Nonei in the District to collect extortion money.

One suspected KNF cadre was arrested along with arm and ammunitions by 43 Assam Rifles on January 25 from Buning Village in Tamenglong District. A source identified as one Mangkho Sitlhou alias Casper, a 'sergeant major' of KNF, from whom one AK Rifle and 12 live rounds have been recovered.

January 26

Republic Day celebrations in Manipur were marred by four bomb blasts amidst high security measures after CorCom of six militant outfits called for a boycott of the day, Police said. However, no one was injured in the explosions.

CorCom has claimed it's the series of bomb blast on Republic Day morning at Babupara around 8 am, Moirangkhom around 9 am, Chingmeirong around 10 am and at Singjamei Chinga Makhong around 11 am. A press statement of the CorCom said that the series of blast was carried as part of the collective call of several outfits of the "WESEA region against the Republic Day celebration on January 26.

Militants ambushed an AR patrol team in Sajik Tamak area in Chandel District bordering Myanmar injuring two SFs personnel including a Major and a rifleman. The attackers first exploded an IED and rained bullets on a foot patrol team belonging to the AR 21 battalion.

January 27

Two abducted labourers, identified as Thangjam Dilip (54) and Oinam Kellon (56) were released from the custody of suspected Kuki militant at Sagolmang in Imphal East District. The two labourers were abducted for ransom by suspected well armed Kuki militants on January 22 from new Boljang village in Senapati District where the two along with some other labourers engaged in road construction were staying in their temporary hut.

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has stated that the State Government will not accept any move that goes against the interest of the State during the upcoming tripartite talk between the UNC, State Government and the Centre. To discuss the Alternative Arrangement for the Nagas of Manipur outside the Government of Manipur pending a final settlement to the Indo-Naga issue, demand raised by the UNC, the next round of talk will be held at Senapati District headquarters on February 6.

January 28

Suspected hill based militants on January 28 fired two lethod shells under construction tunnel number 27 of the Jiribam-Tupul railway project under Noney Police Station in Tamenglong District. No casualties were reported in the attack.

January 29

Unknown miscreants lobbed a hand-grenade at the Haobam Marak Irom Leikai (Imphal West District) residence of former Director of Manipur Health Services Dr Khomdram Rajnikanta Singh which exploded.

January 30

Out of 25 assorted weapons taken away by five cadres of KNO/KLA when they fled from their designated Samushang Camp (Imphal), SFs have recovered 18 weapons from Twichin village in Senapati District under Lamlai Police Station.

January 31

Two hand grenades were found at the residence of Imphal Municipal Council Ward No 10 Councillor Salam Tiken (53) at Sagolband Sayang Kurao Makhong in Imphal West District.

Two cadres of the KRA-U, identified as Letgoulien Chongloi alias Kenedy and Janggouthang Chongloi alias JC Michael, were executed by their own cadres, a Police officer said. The rebels were accorded 'capital punishment' by senior cadres of the outfit for their alleged attempt to desert the organization's camp at a Kuki-dominated area in Senapati District and to form a separate faction.

Two cadres belonging to KCP-Lamyanba Khuman identified as Phijam Robi and Tensubam Hoyna alias Pari alias Shantikumar were arrested by a combined team of Imphal East Commando and the 40 Assam Rifle along with one Chinese Hand Grenade, two Magazine of 9mm Pistol and 15 live rounds from an unspecified location.

February 1

Suspected underground militants lobbed a hand grenade at the residence of Agriculture Officer Soibam Ranjit of Sagolband Tera Lukhram Leirak in Imphal West District. But no one was injured in the blast.

Unidentified persons hurled a Chinese hand grenade at the residence of Dr Athokpham Lenin of Irom Pukhri Mapal Thangjam Leirak in Imphal West District.

A troop of 40 Assam Rifles personnel arrested a cadre of ZUF, identified as Paukhan during an operation at the Keithelmanbi area in Senapati District. The Security Forces found a 9-mm pistol with bullets and a wireless set from him.

February 2

'President' of the KNF-N, Napoleon, has denied the outfit's involvement in the various abductions in the State over the past few months. The clarification came in even as people of Charhajar, Sadar Hills staged a sit-in-protest on February 2 demanding the safe release of a man who was allegedly abducted on the midnight of January 31.

February 3

SFs arrested one cadre of PREPAK, identified as Yumnam Premanda and a former cadre of PLA, L. Basanta alias Akash , along with one 9mm pistol and five live rounds. Premanda was arrested from his residence in Kongba Uchekon Khonuo and Basanta arrested from Keirao Lairembi Leirak from his residence in Imphal East District.

SFs also arrested a cadre of the UNLF, identified as Tekcham Sushil alias Ingo alias Leirol from his residence at Heirongthong in Imphal.

February 4

A gunbattle ensued between NSCN-IM and combined rebels of NSCN-K and ZUF in Oinamlong village in Tamenglong District.

Explosive devices were recovered by the Police from Sagolband Tera lukram Leirak and Majorkhul areas in Imphal West District. In one such incident, a Chinese hand-grenade was found near the residential gate of SE of MDS Salam Roopkumar in Sagolband Tera lukram Leirak. In the Majorkhul incident, a team of Imphal City Police Station recovered a hand-grenade from near a mobile phone retail outlet.

The State Government delegation for the 7th round of tripartite talk involving Government of India on UNC demand for an AA for Nagas of Manipur pending a solution to the Indo-Naga peace talk scheduled on February 6 may be led by Industries Minister K Govindas.

Two prominent Kuki bodies, KIM [apex organization of Kuki tribes in Manipur] and KOHR have petitioned the Prime Minister saying that they would not accept any outcome of the proposed AA talk with UNC. Ahead of the proposed tripartite talks among the UNC, Central Government and Government of Manipur slated for February 6 at Senapati District headquarters.

February 5

A youth, identified as A. Shepao was beaten to death at Senapati District Head Quarters allegedly by NSCN-IM cadres.

A combined team of the Imphal East and Imphal West Commandos arrested two cadres of the PLA, identified as Langbaljao Palmei Kabui and Nanda Kamei from Sawombung Khunjao Bazar in Imphal East District. Two 9mm pistols along with 15 live rounds and two mobile phones were also recovered from their possession. According to a source, the two were working under the PLA ‘commander’ Nilakanta alias Jishu alias Meira.

Two KYKL cadres identified as ‘sergeant major’ Ningthoujam Ibomcha alias Tomchou and Kuman Tondon alias Dinesh and a UNLF cadre identified as Heman Aboialias Wangamba surrendered before the 6th AR of Red Shield Division in an unspecified location. Sources also said that the three had surrendered along with three pistols.

Kuki Inpi Manipur (Apex body of Kuki tribe) said the outcome of UNC’s tripartite talk at Senapati, in whatever form, will not be accepted by the Kukis since the objective behind the talk is purely for disintegration of Manipur as well as disturbance of peace and tranquility among the major ethnic tribes of the State.

February 5-6

Suspected Naga underground cadres armed with sophisticated weapons fired at the Tupul (Tamenglong) railway line construction site in Tamenglong District, forcing the security personnel to reiterate, after midnight during the intervening night. After exchanging fire for few minutes, the suspected militants slip away, informed a source.

February 6

The UNC has stated that the seventh tripartite talk and first round of political level talk held at Senapati District  focusing on its primary agenda of AA for the Nagas in Manipur outside the State Government and pending a final settlement to the ongoing negotiations between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India was cordial and positive though the Government representatives were tightlipped on the issue.

The UKLF has categorically stated that political leaders of any political parties should be welcomed if they have a plan to visit Manipur.

Imphal East District Police Commandos arrested a cadre of PREPAK, identified as Haorungbam Rishijen alias Lakpati alias Khagemba Meetei along with a 9mm pistol and a magazine containing three live rounds from his residence at Lilong Chajing in Imphal East District.

The Bus Association of Senapati, Kanggui and Motbung ceased passenger service for two days due to monetary demand of INR 500,000 to the associations by suspected KNO/KRA. The Association which is not in a position to pay the demand of the organization ceased the service due to fear, said a source.

Leaders of Kuki militant organizations which have entered into the SoO pact with both the Centre and the State Government have left for New Delhi to press the Central leaders for initiating political dialogue, their long-standing demand.

February 7

Sitting MLA of Trinamool Congress, Th Shyamkumar, escaped assassination attempt in Imphal West District, when suspected militants fire at his vehicle.

The UKLF has urged contractors within its jurisdiction to maintain quality while implementing developmental works under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

MPP asked the State Government to disclose the agendas of the tripartite talk involving Central Government, State Government and UNC held on February 6 at Senapati town at Senapati District.

The UNC has asked the abductors of Island Tangkhul village secretary Mathotmi Chahong at the earliest to avoid any undesired consequences. 45-year-old Mathotmi Chahong has been abducted by armed men suspected to be KNF-N militants, from his home.

February 8

PLA militants killed an AR trooper and injured three others near Nambasi village under Chasad Police Station in Ukhrul District. The personnel were on a road opening patrol in the mountains when the militants detonated a powerful bomb. The dead AR trooper was identified as Mehta.

The 11-hour bandh (general strike) imposed by URF  to boycott the visit of BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Manipur on February 8 evoked a mixed response in the State. While the markets across the Imphal city wore a deserted look, others at the outskirt of the Imphal city and other Districts of the state remained unaffected.

February 8

A US made hand grenade was found lying inside the residential courtyard of a merchant navy at Khagempali Pankha, Imphal West District.

Four over ground workers of the PREPAK were arrested by a team of the Imphal east police commandos along with two 9mm pistols and five live rounds, one .38 pistol with nine live rounds and three mobile phones from their respective residences.

Furious mob ransacked the regional office of NSCN-IM, Shepoumaramth Region in Senapati District headquarter following the killing of a civilian identified as one A Shepao, from Makhrelui village of Senapati town brutally beaten to death allegedly by NSCN-IM cadres.

February 9

The troops of 30 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector AR under the aegis of IGAR (South) launched an operation at Pangai and apprehended one PREPAK. The apprehendee was identified as Konjengbam Narendra alias Dumba,

February 10

Security Forces recovered a 9mm pistol and lethod bomb from Heinoukhong Lamkhai near the Inganglok stream at Heirok village in Thoubal District. The arms were packed in a black plastic bag.

One hand grenade was found at Sagolband Moirang Leirak Machin, Imphal West District, at around 5.30 am.

KSDC resolved to reiterate its resolute demand for a separate Kuki state while undertaking that Kuki people will never bow down under any circumstance till a Kuki state is created. The KSDC in its general body meeting at the state capital resolved unanimously to start poster campaign and mass mobilization including 'nation tour' to enliven and reinstate the legitimate demand of the Kuki people for creation of a separate Kuki state.

February 11

Militants exploded a grenade inside the house of the superintending engineer of Manipur Development Society, Salam Rupa Kumar at Tera area in Imphal West District. However, no fatality or casualty was reported. Monetary demand from the official was the reason behind the explosion, sources said.

February 12

The tripartite agreement signed between three valley based militant outfits, the State Government and the Government of India has completed one year. During this one year, leaders and cadres of the outfits experienced many trials and tribulations, said a joint press release issued by Taibanganba of KCP-MC, Athouba KYKL-MDF and Lanheiba Meitei of URF.

Advisor of the MNPF and six other cadres of the same outfit were arrested by troops of 24th Assam Rifles at Khudengthabi (Chandel District) along Imphal-Moreh highway. Apart from advisor and former MNRF 'chairman' Khasao Shimray, 'defence secretary' and PRO Joy Kasung and civil PRO Khangam Kashung have also been arrested. In addition to the three leaders, four others were also arrested.

February 13

An explosion took place in under construction campus of the NIT, at Langol in Imphal West District, when suspected militants lobbed hand grenade. No casualty was reported in the blast. Police suspect the bomb attack related with monetary demand from the contractor engaged in the construction and development of buildings and infrastructures of the NIT campus.

February 15

Separately, 10 Kuki militants surrendered to BSF in Churachandpur District.

February 16

Unidentified militants triggered a grenade attack at the residence of MPCC Vice-President Sagolsem Achou in Wangoi area of Imphal West District. No casualty was reported in the blast.

An indefinite economic blockade of Manipur called by Emboi Serto led ATSUM begun. ATSUM has been demanding delegation of full powers to Autonomous District Councils, presentation and clearance of the Bill for changing tribal reservation rules by the State Assembly and conversion of IGNTU-Manipur Campus into a full- fledged university.

Five militants of three different militant formations surrendered to BSF along with arms and ammunition in Bishnupur District. Out of the five surrendered militants, three belonged to UNLF and one each to RPF and PREPAK.

February 18

The UNLF has refuted any connection with the three persons who reportedly surrendered to 54 Battalion BSF. The names of Pinao alias Tejmani, O Kokchaba alias Tomba and Simon Kuki are not found in the enrolment list of both UNLF and Manipur People's Army (MPA) and they are unknown to the party, said a press release issued by M Sak Hen of the outfit's 'department of publicity'.

SFs launched operation at S Bongyang area in Senapati District and arrested one overground worker of KLA, identified as Seiphu Khongsai.

February 19

The UPF has claimed that Mizoram Police and IRB from Mizoram entered neighbouring Manipur and conducted operation at a village called Parvachawm in Churachandpur District bordering Mizoram leading to arrest of five cadres of HPC-D. HPC-D is one of the outfits under the umbrella organisation of UPF which is engaged in the SoO term with the Government of India and Manipur Government.

Suspected militants triggered a grenade explosion at the gate of Naga People's Front (NPF) legislator Samuel Risom's private residence at Dewlaland in Imphal in the evening of February 19. A boy identified as Ram Kumar Rai sustained injuries in the blast. Condemning the attack, Manipur unit NPF secretary Athuan Abonmei said the perpetrators should not carry out such acts in future. Police suspect Manipur Naga Revolutionary Army (MNRA) hand behind the incident.

February 20

NIA is probing 15 cases in the North East region dealing with arms smuggling, providing arms to the militant groups by Police personnel amongst others.

February 21

Militants exploded a hand grenade at Laiharaoba complex of Lainingthou Khamlangba at Sagolband Moirang Leirak Machin in Imphal West District. Police have recovered the lever of the grenade from the Laiharaoba complex.

The KYKL militant, W Jayanta alias Lakpa, who was arrested in Patna (Bihar) on February 19, has been brought to Imphal by a team of CBI sleuths. Sources said that Jayanta is an expert in arms dealing and had deserted his party earlier. The State Government had announced a cash prize of INR 500000 for his arrest while the CBI too had announced a cash prize of INR 100000 for the same. Interrogation is underway.

February 22

The MHA Joint Secretary (Northeast) Shambhu Singh said, "They (insurgent outfits) need to understand that it is a no win situation for them. Groups are groups. Their numbers are limited. If it comes to handle them militarily, the might of the Government is always more than what they can muster".

February 24

The 72-hour bandh (shut down strike) along Silchar-Imphal road or National Highway 37 imposed by the KSO and KWU in Tamenglong District has come to an end but the highway will continue to be affected for the next 72 hours as another tribal organisation sponsored chakka bandh of hill Districts begins from midnight of February 24. Earlier, KSO and KWU, had announced the bandh strongly objecting the perpetual encroachment of the 'tribal lands' which is in Tamenglong district contiguous with Jiribam sub division of Imphal East District, in connivance with the Police and the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jiribam.

The KNO, celebrated its 27th Raising Day at Kholmun in Churachandpur District.

A hand grenade lobbed at the servicing centre of a motor vehicle dealer exploded, damaging at least three vehicles (cars) at the service centre. No casualty was reported in the blast.

Three IEDs were recovered from different places in the State. In the first incident, a powerful IED planted inside an Anganwadi Centre at Andro Machengpat, Imphal East District was detected while Army recovered another IED from Khengjang in Churachandpur District. The third IED was found at the residence of special contractor Thingujam Munindro at Khongman Zone IV in Imphal East District.

SLR ammunition and radio set were recovered from a residential compound of Elangbam Shyamsunder in Imphal East District during a search operation conducted by Imphal East District Police and Thoubal District Police at Hiyanglam Mayai Leikai in the morning of February 24. Moreover two over ground workers of PREPAK identified as Elangbam Shyamsunder and Mayanglambam Sobha of the same locality have also been arrested.

One over ground worker of the PLA, identified as Maimom Bajanta has been arrested by Imphal East commandos.

Manipur Governor VK Duggal, in his first ever address in the Manipur Legislative Assembly, on February 24, said his Government is taking steps to make Manipur a peaceful and prosperous State with all the communities living harmoniously. He said Manipur has been affected by insurgent activities spread over a period of over four decades where more than 60 militant outfits, including factions, are operating. Insurgency has adversely affected development, he said.

February 25

RPF President, Irengbam Chaoren has categorically stated that only a sustained armed struggle can secure independence of Manipur.

A cadre of PREPAK-Pro cadre, identified as Leishungbam Bheigyachandra alias LB Singh alias Bheigyo alias Aries alias Inao, who was arrested by a combined team of Imphal East District Police and Guwahati City Police from a rented room of Lokha, Guwahati (Assam) on February 23 was brought to Imphal. It is said that Bheigyachandra took key roles in the party's fund collection.

Chairman of ZUF Kamson, on the occasion of their 3rd raising day, said that the 'present Zeliangrong struggle' is not seeking for an isolation or secession from India but within the Constitution of India for a common homeland of 'fragmented' Zeliangrong community in different states. "This was the dream of Haipou Jadonang and his Lieutenant sister Rani Gaidinliu," said the ZUF chairman in his message at the outfit's head quarter in Tamenglong District.

February 26

Two IEDs weighing around 3 and 8 kilograms each have been detected by the Assam Rifles (ARs) on the periphery of AR's 27 Sector headquarters at Tuibuong in Churachandpur District. Leaders of the UNC have rushed back to New Delhi on February 26 to hold further meetings with the MHA officials in connection with the 'Alternative Arrangement' for the Nagas of Manipur outside the State Government.

February 27

A hand grenade lobbed by some unidentified persons exploded at the residence of Mayang Langjing, Gram Panchayat Pradhan Khangenbam, Sanaton (42) at Mayang Langjing Taning Makhai Leikai under Lamsang Police station in Imphal West District on February 27. Hoever, there was no report of any casualty.

One URF cadre, involved in the assassination of MPP vice-president Haobijam Manisana who contested the Assembly election thrice has been arrested, stated Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Gaikhangam.

The KIM and Kuki Organisation for Human Rights (KOHR), have apprised the Union Miniter for Home Affairs in a memorandum that constitution of 'a high level committee' (HLC) on 'Alternative Arangement' for Nagas in Manipur is sowing seeds of communal disharmony and ushering in divide and rule policy amongst the people of Manipur and aimed at reviving violence against innocent people.

February 28

A civilian, identified as Soro Khaibam Romen (28) was injured in an IED blast incident that occurred at Langthabal Kunja in Imphal West District, along Imphal-Moreh stretch of NH-2. The vehicle in which the injured civilian was sitting also suffered partial damage due to the explosion.

After the meeting between the UNC leaders and the officials of the MHA in New Delhi, two names from the UNC 'executive' have been submitted to MHA to be included in the 'HPC as requested by the Central Government,.

March 1

Militants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of an assistant engineer of the Manipur Development Society, in Konthoujsm Dhaneshore at Kwakeithel Thiyam Awang Leikai in Imphal West District. A car of the engineer parked at the garage was damaged by the impact of the blast even though there was no human casualty. Police suspect monetary demand of a militant group from the engineer behind the blast.

The UNC blamed two 'valley based' organisations, the UCM and AMUCO, for all the ills afflicting Manipur in connection with the 'Naga political issue'.

March 2

Suspected militants placed a Chinese hand grenade at the makeshift shelter of labourers at Nongpok Sekmai area in Thoubal District. Police later searched and recovered the grenade from the spot.

March 3

The MNRF celebrated its third Raising Day at its headquarters. During the celebration, the MNRF pledged to uphold unity, social justice, harmony and development in the Naga society of Manipur, according to a press release issued by its Information and publicity secretary, Rex.

March 7

Unidentified miscreants shot and injured a medical practioner, Dr Taruni of RIMS Medicine Department, at her home clinic at Uripok area in Imphal West. Reports said that she was shot in the head but the injury is not serious, as the bullet grazed her head. Police fear that some militants might have tried to kill her as she perhaps refused to pay illegal tax. It is believed that she had received extortion threats from some underground organisations.

March 8

Taking serious note of the spurt in attack on Government officials, contractors, doctors and business establishments by 'fictitious underground groups' as well as militant groups under the SoO pact, both valley and hill based, in connection with their extortion notices, the Union MHA has issued a series of instructions to all concerned to approach the law enforcing agencies and the authorities concerned.

March 9

A bullet riddled body suspected to be that of a cadre of KNF-P faction was on retrieved by the Police from Leingangpokpi village in Senapati. The body was found blind folded with both hands tied with a rope, Police said.

KNF-N, categorically stated it would keep a 'strict vigil' on implementation of PMGSY works as well as other development programmes taken up by the State and Central Governments, in their area. KNF-N 'publicity secretary' Gogou Vaiphei saying that they have no intention to disturb development activities, explained that they have been constrained to 'monitor' all kinds of development works because of the dubious nature of implementing development programmes by firms/agencies or contractors.

The BSF handed over to the BGB a list of 66 terror camps in Bangladesh of militants operating in India's Northeast. Camps of HNLC, ULFA, NDFB, PLA and a few other groups were operating in districts like Mymensingh, Maulvibazar and Rangamati. IG BSF Sudhir Kumar Srivastava said, "The number of these camps has decreased." Some of the camps had now been shifted towards Myanmar due to pressure from Bangladesh authorities.

Reacting to a query on the status of border fencing, Srivastava informed that there were 13 gaps along the fencing which could not be completed due to its riverine nature and other logistical problems. The Bangladesh Government had allowed the construction of single-line fencing along the border.

The BSF in 2013 seized FICN worth INR 548,000 and seized nearly 500,000 bottles of cough syrup Phensdyl worth INR 30 million and a large quantity of Ganja (marijuana) along the India-Bangladesh border.

Suspected cadres of the ZUF and 6 IRB battalion personnel exchanged fire when ZUF attacked the post of 6 IRB battalion located near a railway tunnel construction site at Tupul in Tamenglong District in the night of March 9. No casualty was reported in the gunfight which reportedly lasted for a few minutes.

Seven Bangladeshi illegal immigrants were slapped with Rigorous Imprisonment for 160 days and a fine of INR 10,000/- each within four days by the District & Sessions Court, Senapati District. Judge G Gaiphulshilu convicted the seven illegal Bangladeshi immigrants under Section 14 (A &B) of the Foreigners Act.

 

March 10

A team of Thoubal District Police, rescued two abducted drivers of the ABCI, who were reportedly abducted from Somrei village under Yairipok Police station in Ukhrul district on March 2, from Chaningpokpi village under Senapati District. Police brought Debasish Mandal (35) of West Bengal and Ch Ajit Singh of Assam's Cachar District to Yairipok Police Station after securing their release from the clutch of the abductors at Chaningpokpi village, around 20 kilometres East of Yairipok Police station.

The MNPF celebrated its first rising day at its headquarters. A statement issued by the 'Assistant Publicity Secretary' of MNPF, Thomas Numai urged all revolutionary organisations of the State to unite against the common enemy. Urging the people not to indulge in unrealistic dream of carving 'Homeland' and 'Alternative Arrangement' demand by drawing maps, the statement said that the solution to such dissension only lies in increased violence in the State.

March 11

Two Assam Rifles personnel, identified as Warrant Officer Murli and Rifleman MT Santosh have been killed while two others survived with injuries in a bomb attack carried out by suspected PLA cadres at Kambang Khullen in interior Chandel District. Two other Riflemen who sustained injuries were identified as Ngamei Abhi and Pramod Kalai.

The Presidential Council of the UNC reaffirmed its positions as resolved in the Joint Meeting of Representatives of political parties, the UNC, Tribe Presidents, Presidents of Regional and Frontal Organisations held at Tahamzam in Senapati District on December 15, 2011.

The Kuki civil society organisations within Sadar Hills (Senapati District), collectively and unanimously resolved in a general body meeting held at Kanggui not to endorse and give any type of 'taxes' or donation to any militant organisations other than KNO/UPF.

March 12

Miscreants exploded a hand grenade at the residence of rice supplier, Kh Sanju (34), at Khurai Chingangbam Leikai in Imphal East District. Although nobody was injured in the incident, a car (Hyundai Santro) suffered minor damage as the grenade landed near the garage of the house. It is suspected that the attack might have been carried out in connection with a monetary demand.

Unknown persons placed a hand grenade at Thamnapokpi Awang Leikai residence (Bishnupur District) of Public Works Division (PWD) Executive Engineer Pukhrambam Mani (50). A team of Manipur Police Bomb Disposal Squad retrieved the grenade and exploded it safely. The bomb is suspected to have been planted in connection with monetary demand.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of one Thangpao Haokip near Galngam Lentol at Moreh in Chandel District. There grenade failed to explode and was later retrieved by Police.

An IED weighing around three kilograms was detected at Keirenphabi along Moirang-Kumbi road under Moirang Police Station in Bishnupur District.

March 13

Four cadres of UNLF including a 'lieutenant' were arrested by Thoubal District Police commandos from Wabagai Lamkhai under Kakching Police Station in Thoubal District. A source said that the arrested 'lieutenant' of the UNLF has been identified as Leishangthem Umakanta of Singjamei. He was arrested along with a woman cadre and two others.

Remaining fourteen cadres of Nongdrenkhomba group of KCP-MC surrendered to Assam Rifles with arms and ammunition before Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam. The cadres belonged to the fighting group of the faction who had not taken part in the en-masse surrender of cadres of the group on the day of signing the MoU on September 9, 2013.

A supervisor of Coastal Project Private Limited, identified as Subodh Kumar Das engaged in railway construction work from Jiribam to Tupul under the North Eastern Frontier Railway has been abducted by some unidentified armed persons from Khulbung village of Tamenglong District in the night of March 13. It is not yet clear which militant group is behind the abduction.

The three-day bi-annual Inspector General-level Border Co-ordination meeting between the BSF and BGB was held at the headquarters of BSF Meghalaya frontiers in Shillong,. While the Indian delegation was led by BSF IG of Assam frontier, Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, the 20-member Bangladesh delegation was headed by Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim.

During the meeting, the BSF handed over a list of 66 camps of northeast insurgents to the Bangladesh delegation, seeking action against them.

The RPF, the political body of PLA has claimed that the Kambang Khullen (Chandel District) ambush of March 11 in which two SFs were killed was carried out by a group of PLA cadres drawn from its different units, stations and departments. RPF has also congratulated CPI-Maoist for their successful strike against SFs in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh on March 11. Saying that RPF and CPI-Maoists are strategic partners, the outfit conveyed its best wishes to CPI-Maoist.

March 14

According to a Police source, Imphal East commandos arrested two cadres of PREPAK-Pro, identified as Khaidem Joy alias and Moirangthem Budha along with one demand letter from JNIMS main entrance gate. The source further said that the same team of Imphal East District.

Police arrested one woman cadre of MTRA from near Khuman Lampak Inter State Bus terminus. The arrested woman, identified as Thingreiwon Vasom alias Athing was personally involved in the bomb attack at the residence of MLA, Ukhrul District, Samuel Risom on February 19, the source added.

The UNLF has refuted the news report that Thoubal commandos arrested four of its cadres from Kakching Lamkhai on March 12, saying that the four arrested are civilians.

March 15

A team of Imphal East District Police conducted a search operation at New Lambulane area and arrested one cadre of Unification faction of KRA-U, identified as Nguljalen Haokip alias Len (37) along with a mobile handset.

Ahead of AICC, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the State, security measures have been stepped up at various locations in Thoubal District.

March 16

ULFA-I 'commander in chief' Paresh Barua has expressed his gratitude to NSCN-K, CorCom of Manipur, KLO, NDFB and other "brotherly organizations" for their cooperation and help extended to the ULFA over the years.On the occasion of its 'army day,' (March 16) the ULFA 'commander-in-chief' has called upon senior leaders of the outfit "not to encourage in negative thinking and instead try to boost the morale of the cadres who are fighting the enemy valiantly in the field."

March 17

URF said that it would boycott the AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi's proposed visit to Manipur and called for dawn to dusk statewide general strike on March 19.

March 20

At least five Chinese grenades were recovered from the residential complex of a retired driver, Chaoba Singh, of the State Police Department at Imphal West's Uripok area on March 20. The grenades were suspected to have been kept there by militant cadres to conduct subversive activities in Imphal valley, he added.

March 21

Soldiers from the Army's Red Shield Division arrested two HPC-D cadres, identified as Laldikshak (27) and Didi Vanlalthrate (28) during an operation at Tuibong in Churachandpur District, a defence statement said. Two 7.65 mm pistols and six bullets were recovered from them; the statement said and added that they were handed over to Police.

March 22

Four militants of the armed ZRF, including its 'commander-in-chief', have reportedly been arrested by the Police during a search operation conducted on March 22 at National Games Village, Zone-II in Imphal West District. One 7.65 pistol, two magazines and four live rounds concealed inside a guitar was recovered from them. Identifying the four as ZRF 'commander-in-chief' Songlianlal Hangsing alias Lalpu (52), Kamsuanlian Mantuang alias Michael (39), Ginlalsiam Phiamphu alias Zonathan (34) and Mawirousanga Guite (25) the Police maintained that investigation revealed about the seized arms and ammunition being used in kidnapping and extortion by the ZRF cadres.

MPP President Sovakiran N has demanded the closure of the camps of the NSCN-IM located in some hill Districts of the State. Talking to reporters, he said that it was a matter of concern that the NSCN-IM had celebrated its raising day in a camp in Chandel District bordering Myanmar on March 21.

PLA cadre, Thokchom Kunje, has been cleared by a Court in Imphal in the IPS officer killing case. The Court has asked for the release of the PLA cadre as he has no other cases against him. IPS officer Miss Vandana Malik was killed in an ambush launched by suspected PLA cadres at Konthoujam Lamkhai in Imphal West District on April 8, 1989.

March 23

Security Forces arrested 'Sergeant Major' of NSCN-K, identified as Gaikhonglung Kamei alias Khang and recovered one 9mm Pistol and five rounds at Nonei Bazaar in Tamenglong District.

There have been 30 cases of bomb blasts between January and March 23, 2014, apart from 27 cases of planting bombs. According to reports published in Imphal based daily newspapers, out of the total 57 cases of bomb blasts/plantation, 50 cases were never claimed by any group or individual. State Home Minister Gaikhangam conceded that the incidents of bomb blasts have become a serious issue. Even though most of the bomb attacks were carried out by militant groups, they did not own it for fear of public wrath. They used young people given to drugs for transportation of explosives.

March 23-24

Unidentified miscreants launched a grenade attack at the residence of Mohammad Ramizuddin (42) at Sangaiyumpham Puleipokpi in Thoubal District. Ramizuddin is a member of Sangaiyumpham Panchayat (village level local self-government institution). Part of the house was damaged in the blast although no casualty was reported.

March 24

Security Forces launched an operation in Sunrise Ground near Tamil Sangam, Ward Number 4, Moreh in Chandel District, and arrested one MNPF cadre, identified as Sothangmi Lungleng.

March 25

Secretary home affairs' of URF Puyam Ruhini, a representative of three armed groups that entered into a truce with the government, claimed to be facing threat from the armed CorCom (six valley based militant outfits) conglomerate apart from enduring continuous 'harassment' from security personnel. 'Puyam Ruhini who claimed to be the spokesperson of KCP-Taibangnganba, Athouba group of KYKL-MDF and URF said that the CorCom had not only threatened to attack cadres of peace deal signatory groups but also eliminate top leaders of the outfits.

SFs arrested three KYKL militants, Soibam (N) Memcha alias Ibema (35), Mohammad Sakin Ahamad (26) and Lourembam Dhiren Meitei (36), from Meitei Lamkhai Lilong Chajing along National Highway (NH)-2 in Imphal West District.

SFs arrested a Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF-Len faction) militant, Athary Hormi Tangkhul (36), at tri-junction of Mayai Keithel (Yairipok) in Thoubal District.

SFs arrested a UNLF militant, 'lieutenant' Ningthoujam Dhanajit alias Abotomba alias Bobby (42) while conducting frisking and checking at Arapti Lamkhai in Thoubal District.

State Government asked militants under tripartite SoO with the State and Central government not to involve in the ensuing Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections and remain in their designated camps. An official source said that leaderships of the militants groups have been asked to ensure that they stay away from involvement in the elections by remaining in their respective designated camps. This was decided in a meeting was convened with representatives of leaderships of the underground groups and State Government which was chaired by State Government's Principal Secretary (Home) J Sureshbabu.

March 26

One cadre of KCP-Noyon, identified as one Chesam Muhammad Abdul Rashid was arrested along with one Chinese hand grenade during a search operation conducted by Thoubal Police Commandos at Sangaiyumpham in Thoubal District on March 26. He was reportedly involved in carrying out a grenade attack at the Sangaiyumpham Puleipokpi residence of Sangaiyumpham Gram Panchayat (village level locals self Government) Member Muhammad Ramizuddin in the intervening night of March 23 and 24.

Imphal West District Police arrested three KYKL militants in three separate incidents in the District. One KYKL cadre identified as Thangjam Basanta alias Abu was arrested from Sagolband Thangjam Leirak. Another cadre of KYKL, identified as Haobam Sunil alias was arrested from his residence at Chingamathak Nameirakpam Leikai on the same day. Another cadre of the same outfit identified as Tongbram Geetkumar alias Bablu (44) was also arrested from his home at Haobam Marak Keisham Leikai on the same day.

March 28

State Police and other Security Forces stepping counter insurgency operations in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha election, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were discovered after Security Forces busted a militants' hideout discovered in the vicinity of Thoubal Khong, Khoidum Pat in Thoubal District.

KNA-I declared its total ban against the Congress party in the 16th Lok Sabha Election. According to a statement signed by the outfit's 'Information and Publicity secretary' Barak Kuki, Kukis have been living since time immemorial in their respective dwelling places peacefully while safeguarding the integrity, identity and culture but the understanding and peaceful coexistence of the Kukis are being demolished by the Congress-led UPA Government. While cautioning individuals and civil organizations to abstain from election related activities in favor of Congress the outfit warned to take suitable action against those working or supporting the Congress party.

MHA has identified the entire state of Manipur and lower Assam region of Assam as the two areas in the northeast where the coming Lok Sabha election may be disrupted by militant outfits. While Meitei militant outfits under CorCom may create trouble in Manipur, it is the NDFB-IKS, which is being increasingly perceived as a threat in the lower Assam region. A source said all Meitei militant outfits in Manipur are being closely monitored as intelligence inputs have suggested that they would attempt to trigger violence before, and on, the day of polling.

March 28-29

A construction worker, identified as Yambem Sanathoi has reportedly been abducted by unknown gunmen from a worksite located at Heitroipokpi under Yairipok Police station in Thoubal District on the intervening night. The abduction is suspected to be connected to monetary demand from the armed group concerned.

March 29

A ZRA cadre suffered injury in retaliatory firing by Assam Rifles troops and his three other accomplices were arrested. The incident happened when the ZRA cadres opened fire at a group of 7 AR troops near the Axis Bank ATM Booth located at Old Bazaar of Lamka town in Churachandpur District. While the injured cadre was identified as Lulun Nuala Paite, the three arrestees have been identified as D Paula Vaiphei, Amilan Paite and Pumkan.

PREPAK has greeted all the people of Kangleipak (Manipur) as well as Manipuri people settled outside Kangleipak on the occasion of Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba (the New Year of the Manipuris who follows indigenous Sanamahi religion).

March 30

A combined team of Imphal East commandos and troops of 40 Assam Rifles arrested a PULF cadre from Keirao Litan Makhong in Imphal East District. The cadre has been identified as one Sikander Shah alias Panthoi (27) and one point 32 pistol was seized from his possession.

Another team of Imphal East commandos also arrested an over ground worker of KYKL-MDF, identified as Brahmacharimayum Krishna alias Pui Sharma from his Palace Compound residence in Imphal East District.

The UKLF, a constituent member of the UPF and one of the signatory of SoO pact with the Central and State Governments celebrated its 19th Raising Day at Nazareth Camp, Muvanphoi in Chandel District.

April 1

Former Minister Khasim Ruivah and his son Asung Ruivah, were reportedly abducted by suspected militants.

Even as other rebel groups operating in Manipur remain silent, the MCP-M, announced 'political strike' as part of boycott to the ensuing parliamentary elections in the State. "Conducting India's elections in Manipur was nothing but a deliberate attempt to divert the mind of the people of the state from the armed struggle for liberation and to portray it (liberation struggle) in the wrong sense", stated a statement of the MCP-M dispatched to the local media

A Kuki based underground faction, KNA-I, also banned Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) elections in the Outer Manipur (Reserved) constituency, blaming it of jeopardizing the peaceful existence of the Kukis in the State.

April 2

An IED spotted by a patrolling team of 16 Assam Rifles from near Murei bus waiting shed on the Imphal-Ukhrul road under Lamlai Police station has been safely exploded by police bomb squad.

Former Minister Khasim Ruivah and his son Asung Ruivah, who were reportedly abducted on April 1 by suspected militants, were released in the night. Sources suspect that the abduction might be related with the ensuing Parliamentary elections. Khasim Ruivah joined the BJP sometime back and reportedly campaigned fervently for BJP candidate of the Outer Manipur seat Prof. Gangmumei Kamei.

Former Minister Khasim Ruivah and his son Asung Ruivah, who were reportedly abducted on April 1 by suspected militants, were released in the night. Sources suspect that the abduction might be related with the ensuing Parliamentary elections. Khasim Ruivah joined the BJP sometime back and reportedly campaigned fervently for BJP candidate of the Outer Manipur seat Prof. Gangmumei Kamei.

An active member of the BJP identified as Anam Zimik, who was the former president of the party in Ukhrul District, was abducted by suspected armed rebels. His whereabouts are not known.

Imphal West District Police Commando Unit arrested a cadre of KYKL, identified as Maisnam Sundaram alias Jiban (48) from his residence at Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai in Imphal West District. One 9mm pistol with one magazine and seven live rounds were also seized on his disclosure from the house of one Oinam Mohila Devi.

Bishnupur Police commandos arrested a militant of PREPAK, identified as Ayekpam Loijingamba Singh alias Ibomcha alias Itao while conducting a search in Langjing area in Bishnupur District.

April 3

The UNC has declared that it would uphold the rights and political aspiration of all who are suppressed.

Saying that one kilonser (minister) and members of NSCN-IM steering committee have been campaigning for a certain political party, MNPF has criticized NSCN-IM's sudden turnaround with regard to elections held under the Constitution of India. The outfit has been threatening Naga people to vote for the NPF candidate in a complete turnaround from their earlier position of resisting elections held under Indian Constitution.

SFs launched a joint operation at Tabungkhok in Imphal West District, and arrested one cadre belonging to KNF-Z, identified as '2nd Lieutenant' Thangareng. A 9mm pistol with magazine, three live rounds of 9mm and INR 5,510 were recovered from his possession.

April 4

SFs recovered an IED from Torbung Govindpur under Phoubakchao Ikhai Police Outpost in Bishnupur District.

SFs arrested a PREPAK cadre identified as 'Captain' Sorokhaibam Raja alias Maramba from Kakching Bazar in Bishnupur District. A .39 pistol loaded with five bullets was recovered from his possession.

Troops of Red Shield Division arrested two cadres of different militant groups. In the first operation, troops of Red Shield Division carried out a search operation in the area of Lairensajik in Imphal west District and arrested 'finance secretary' of KCP, identified as Ningthoujam Ramananda Singh and recovered one 9mm pistol US made along with one magazine, one 9mm live round and five live rounds of .38 revolver. Another operation was launched in the area of Mayang Langjing which resulted in the arrest of Phijam Rupachandra Meitei of KCP-MTF, from Mayang Langjing in Imphal West District.

Reacting strongly against the alleged diktat imposed on the public by NPF candidate Soso Lorho and his canvassing squad in Manipur Outer parliamentary constituency, the ZUF warned those elements from intimidating the people especially in 'Zeliangrong areas'. "We heard that NPF candidate Soso Lorho and his canvassing squad are intimidating the people that those who do not vote for the candidate will be tagged anti-Nagas," said the ZUF. The ZUF then appealed to Zeliangrong frontal organizations not to indulge in the election saying it will invite stern public reaction and lack of trust.

Also, the ECI has accepted the proposal of arranging postal ballots in the designated camps of the surrendered militants in Manipur. "ECI has accepted the proposal of arranging postal ballots at 14 designated camps. So, we will be organising polling inside these camps", said a State Election official. The State CEO had made a proposal to the EC to enable the surrendered militants numbering around 2,094 living across 14 designated camps in Manipur to take part in the polls.

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, said the current situation in the State was not conducive to withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Ibobi said: "We should all try and understand the present situation in Manipur and also the threat to the unity of the country and the state. We need to normalise the situation first before withdrawing the act."

April 5

Kuki militant groups which are under trilateral SoO pact with the Government of India and Government of Manipur have decided to support the Congress candidate in Outer Manipur. UPF and KNO, the two umbrella organisations of several Kuki underground groups, took separate decisions to support the Congress candidate in view of some political parties/candidates campaigning on the line of ethnicity and community affiliations. Both Congress and BJP have lodged complaints with the Election Commission of India saying that NSCN-IM cadres and leaders have been openly campaigning for the NPF candidate in Naga dominated areas of the State apart from threatening village chiefs.

April 8

A team of the 22 Assam Rifle Road Opening Party detected an IED weighing around two kilogram from the road side of the Imphal Sugnu road at Wangjing Khonou under Sugnu Police station in Chandel District on April 8, The AR team informed the concerned Police about the presence of the explosive Normal traffic was allowed only after the IED was safely detonated.

A team of Thoubal District Police arrested two cadres of PREPAK including one woman from Lilong Kaleikhong area under Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District on April 8,. The two have been identified as Sapam Bishorjit alias Naoba and Moirangmayum Jati alias Roma Devi.

April 9

Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly M K Preshaw Shimray escaped bid on his life as suspected militants triggered a powerful blast at Leingangching near MATA farm under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District at around 3 PM, No casualty has been reported

The personnel of 44th Assam Rifles came under attack at Nambisia under Kamjong in Ukhrul District at around 4.30 pm .

IED was found near the residence of Inner Manipur Lok Sabha Thokchom Meinya at Khumbong Joypur Khul in Imphal West District. The explosive device consisted of 30 grams gelatine, a detonator and nails, was found fitted inside an empty tin-fish.

A joint security team of Imphal East District Police commandos and 30th Assam Rifles recovered one AK-47 rifle, 30 AK ammunition, one lathod gun and two hand grenades in a search operation conducted at B Gamnom, Chitjang, Chungphei and Bongbang Khullen villages under Yairipok Police Station in Ukhrul District

Around 83.48 per cent of the total 9,11,699 voters in Outer Manipur constituency on April 9.

April 10

Commando unit of Imphal West District Police arrested a UKLF cadre, identified as Limminal Mate alias Lalpu while conducting frisking and checking on April 10 in Imphal city area in front of BSNL Office, Babupara along NH-2 in Imphal West District. Investigation revealed that he along with his associates of UKLF abducted a truck driver from Kotlen area along Imphal-Jiribam road and subsequently extorted INR 1.1 million recently.

April 11

44 AR recovered three IEDs from the track leading from Nampisha to Phaikoh in Imphal while carrying out Road Opening Party, troops detected an IED on the track which was placed to inflict casualty to the election team carrying the EVMs, thereby disrupt the election procedures. The area was immediately cordoned off by the AR and bomb disposal team and thoroughly searched during which the AR troops recovered two more IEDs planted in close proximity to the first IED.

Troops of Red Shield Division conducted a successful operation in general area Rongkhong I of Imphal on April 11 and arrested one NSCN-K cadre. The cadre has been identified as Dingamlung Dangmei alias Winner. One 9 mm Chinese Pistol with magazine, four 9mm live rounds and two hand grenades were also recovered from his possession

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has asserted that though the State Government is not a party in the peace talks between the NSCN-IM and the Union Government, his Government will not remain as an onlooker to the violence and crimes perpetrated by the NSCN-IM.

April 12

Two militants were killed in an encounter with troops of 44 AR at Nampisha in Ukhrul District on April 12. AR troops also recovered two AK-47 rifles from the militants.

Troops of 9 AR launched an operation in H.Mongjang village in Tengnoupal Sub Division of Chandel District and arrested six cadres of PREPAK. Two lathode guns with 15 live rounds, one M-16 Rifle with magazine and 10 live rounds, two AK-56 rifles with magazines and 144 live rounds were recovered from their possession.

Troops of 18 SIKH launched an operation in Irong Chessabal of Imphal West District and arrested a cadre identified as Abdul Rehman (43) of PLA. One 9mm pistol loaded with three bullets in the magazine was recovered.

IED exploded at Taobungkhok Mayai Leikai in Imphal West District. The blast took place at around 8.20 pm near Patsoi Lower Primary School. There is no report of any casualty.

A hand grenade was recovered by Police from the courtyard of an active worker of Congress, identified as Angom Sobhamani from Kakching Khunou Tampakyum Lai Leikai under Waikhong Police Station in Thoubal District in the morning.

April 13

Bomb exploded near an abandoned pan shop at Wangkhei Keithel Ashangbi, Imphal East District under Porompat Police station. There was no report of any casualty.

Unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade at the residence of one Thangpao. of Moreh Ward No 2 in Chandel District in the morning. No casualty was reported.

 

 

 

 

 
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