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Manipur Timeline - Year 2016

January 1

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

January 2

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

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

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

January 4

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

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

January 5

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

January 7

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

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

January 8

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

January 12

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

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

January 15

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

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

January 16

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

January 17

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

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

January 20

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

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

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

January 23

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

January 24

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

January 27

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

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

January 28

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

February 3

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

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

February 4

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

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

February 5

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

February 7

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

February 9

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

February 10

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

February 12

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

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

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

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

February 13

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

February 14

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

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

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

February 15

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

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

February 17

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

February 18

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

February 19

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

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

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

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

February 20

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

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

February 21

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

February 22

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

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

February 23

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

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

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

March 1

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

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

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

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

March 2

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

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

March 3

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

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

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

March 4

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

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

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

March 5

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

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

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

March 8

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

March 9

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

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

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

March 10

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

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

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

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

March 11

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

March 13

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

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

March 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18

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

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

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

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

March 19

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

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

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

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

March 20

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

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

March 21

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

March 23

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

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

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

March 24

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

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

March 25

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

March 26

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

March 27

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

March 28

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

March 29

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

March 30

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

March 31

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

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

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

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

April 1

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

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

April 2

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

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

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

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

April 3

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

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

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

April 4

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

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

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

April 5

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

April 6

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

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

April 7

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

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

April 10

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

April 11

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

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

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

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

April 12

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

April 13

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

April 14

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

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

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

April 15

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

April 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19

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

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

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

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

April 20

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

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

April 21

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

April 22

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

April 23

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

April 24

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

April 26

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

April 27

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

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

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

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

April 28

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

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

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

April 29

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

April 30

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

May 1

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

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

 

 

 

 

 
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