Manipur Timeline - Year 2017
| January 1
In two separate incidents, two
hand grenades were recovered at Uripok in Imphal West District
and Phaknung in Imphal East District. In the first incident, one
hand grenade was recovered at the residential gate of Yengkhom
Janaki (81) at Uripok Achom Leikai at around 7.30 am. A note beside
the grenade said that Red Army of KCP would attack Yengkhom Janaki
and his son-in-law for paying no heed to the outfit's repeated
warning over alleged misappropriation of rice sanctioned under
'Mid Day Meal' scheme. The grenade was set off safely at a garbage
dumping site of Lamphelpat by a bomb disposal squad of Manipur
Police. In the second incident, another hand grenade was found
at a paddy field of Phaknung Makha Leikai in Imphal East District.
The grenade was defused there by a bomb disposal squad.
The deadlock of Manipur continues
as the economic blockade imposed on NHs 2 and 37 by the UNC had
entered its third month. The report said that the situation had
remained unchanged as Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and the UNC
were not budging from their respective stands over the issues
of creating new Districts. On the contrary, Ibobi Singh said that
first the UNC should call off the blockade and give an assurance
that it would not be repeated only after that talk would be possible
and Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Lamkang, two UNC leaders, might be
released. The Manipur Government also rejected the UNC's demand
of conducting the talk by going the Government officials in the
District headquarters of Senapati District. Earlier, Kiren Rijiju,
the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, said that the Manipur
Government was not serious about ending the blockade. However
CM Ibobi Singh denied it saying that there was no question of
playing politics since it is a question of starving the people
of the State.
A combined team of Imphal East
District Police Commando and 21 Para (Special Force) conducted
frisking and checking at the eastern side of Top Khongnangmakhong
bridge in Imphal East District and arrested one 'self styled captain'
of UNLF, identified as Magsatabam Gojendro Singh alias Telheiba
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
One civilian, identified as Athari
Samson (54) and an AR trooper, identified as Bhupal Singh (42)
were killed in an encounter with suspected militants at Khunthak
village of Kasom Khullen sub-division in Kamjong District. Troops
of 27 AR were going on foot for an operation when they were attacked
by militants who opened indiscriminate fire at around 10.30 am.
The AR troops too retaliated. The encounter left one AR trooper
and another man dead.
A Chinese hand grenade was recovered
by Imphal West District Police at Suraj Paint Centre at Nagamapal
in Imphal West District. No one has claimed responsibility for
the act so far.
Self styled 'chairman' Helun Haokip
of the militant outfit, KNLF, announced that his 'organisation'
KNLF had been merged with another militant group, the UKLF.
The Court of CJM, Imphal East
District remanded the UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Information
Secretary Shangkhel Stephen to Police custody till January 11.
At least 14 people were injured
when Police resorted to force while dispersing a mob picketing
Manipur Government offices in Senapati District headquarters.
The incident occurred when about 300 people gathered and marched
towards the barricades put up across the road leading to the Senapati
District Administration Office before being stopped by security
personnel. Under the aegis of UNC, the picketing of Manipur Government
Offices in Naga Districts began from midnight of December 31.
Gunfire erupted in Ukhrul District,
near the District Mini-Secretariat. According to sources, armed
gunmen exchanged fire with security personnel manning the Mini-Secretariat.
The firing which started around 9:00 pm lasted around half an
hour. Casualty is not reported so far. The persons responsible
for the firing also remain unknown till now.
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh met
President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the UMHA report to the EC
that termed the law-and-order situation in the state as "grave".
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh rubbished the report
saying it "wrongly" concluded that the prevailing situation was
"not conducive" to conduct free-and-fair polls there. However,
just ahead of Ibobi's meeting with the President, the EC declared
that the Assembly election will be held in two phases - on March
4 and 8 - in Manipur. Ibobi, later, welcomed the decision. The
CM said issues such as insurgency, blockades, strikes are not
unique to Manipur but they affect the entire north-east and that
even in 2012, the state Assembly polls were boycotted by hill
and valley-based underground organisations including the PLA and
UNC- the apex body of the Nagas
based in Manipur- said they would continue with the economic blockade
despite the announcement of Manipur assembly elections by the
EC. According to the UNC, elections cannot be held peacefully
in the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur until the prevailing problems
are resolved. "The blockade will continue. Solving of Manipur's
problems has to be done through dialogue between the parties in
conflict. So far, the government of Manipur has failed to respond
politically. We have no other option but to intensify the blockade,
no matter what the EC has announced regarding the polls in the
state," K.S. Paul, former President of the UNC, said. Paul - an
active member of the UNC -said the Manipur Government has betrayed
the Nagas of Manipur. "We have been betrayed by the Manipur government,
as it did not consult us on the creation of seven new Districts
out of our ancestral land. We do not know whether the situation
will be conducive for holding free and fair elections in the Naga
areas of the state," said Paul.
The UKLF categorically stated
that it was not involved in any manner in the ambush against State
Police ahead of CM Okram Ibobi Singh's visit to Tengnoupal (Tengnoupal
District) near Lokchao along Imphal-Moreh highway on December
15. Speaking to a team of media persons at an undisclosed location
in Chandel district, UKLF 'home secretary' Daniel Thadou said
that the KNLF 'chairman' had merged with the UNLF on his own volition.
Daniel contended that the UKLF was not involved in the Lokchao
ambush, and the State Police and its intelligence agencies would
know the truth.
Earlier KNLF 'general secretary'
Lalmoi Haokip alleged that the Lokchao ambush was carried out
by UKLF at the instruction of NSCN-IM. Flatly rejecting Lalmoi's
allegation, Daniel said that the same allegation was baseless
and fabricated. The UKLF has a suspicion that the Lokchao ambush
was carried out by a gang of criminals led by Lalmoi, Daniel said.
A Field Assistant of Veterinary
Department, identified as Ds Stephen (45) was shot by one unidentified
assailant at Maringphai village, near Pallel in Tengnoupal District.
Stephen who sustained bullet injuries on the calf and thigh had
been taken to Jeevan Hospital, Kakching, and then shifted to a
hospital of Imphal. According to the sources, it is not clear
who the assailants are and what is the motive so far.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM strongly
objected to India's decision to fence the borders between Myanmar
and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. In the statement,
NSCN-IM said that such 'artificial boundary fencing imposed upon
the Naga people' was against the will of the people and was gross
violation of human rights. Other Naga groups like, NNC and ENDO
were also against the fencing.
The 'chairman' of the KNLF wrote
to the chairman of the JMG of the SoO, to delist the outfit from
the KNO as it had merged with the UKLF. In the written communication
sent to the chairman of the JMG, the 'chairman' of the KNLF said
that all former members of the KNLF including the 'c in c' had
already been absorbed by the UKLF and hence to instruct the KNO
not to mention KNLF or use the name of KNLF.
Combined team of Bishnupur District
Police commandos and AR troopers recovered a 9 mm carbine machine
gun along with one magazine from an abandoned Bajaj Discover bike
at Torbung in Bishnupur District. However, the assailant, who
was seen coming out from Torbung bazar Mamang Leikai with that
bike and abandoned it at Torbung auto shed managed to escape.
Two CRPF jawans, identified as
constables Visvendar Jat and Brajesh Singh, were injured one of
them seriously, in a powerful blast in Imphal West District. Police
said the two constables were passing by in a bicycle when an IED
planted by the wayside at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai under Lamphel
Police Station exploded. The IED was detonated by suspected militants
using a remote control device, they added. No outfit has claimed
responsibility so far.
The UNC decided to continue its
economic blockade during Manipur polls which will be held in the
first week of March. The UNC also decided to 'intensify' the economic
blockade in the meeting held at Senapati Town in Senapati District.
The dead bodies of the abducted
civilians identified as, the village chief of N-Gamnom village
S Otkhomang (57) and church chairman Tilpao Haokip (51) were found
in Nungkham Gamnom Village in Manipur's newly-created Tengnoupal
District. Earlier, on January 6, these two civilians were abducted
by some unidentified assailants and they were taken toward Indo-Myanmar
border. According to the sources, the assailants also fired some
rounds while taking away the duo. The sources also added that
fatal bullet injuries were seen on the dead bodies. Regarding
this sensitive issue, a joint meeting attended by members of various
organisations including Hill Tribal Council, Meitei Council Moreh,
Kuki Chiefs Association (Moreh Block) and women leaders was held
and the meeting resolved to impose a bandh along Moreh road on
A hand grenade planted by unidentified
assailants was recovered at the residence of Bishnupur DSP, Y
Sushil's wife at Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West
District. After recovering the grenade, the bomb disposal squad
of Manipur Police exploded it safely at a dumping site at Lamphelpat,
One cadre of the Lamyanba Khuman
faction of KCP-MC militant, identified as Kangabam Chaoba alias
Mohen (63), who was involved in placing a hand grenade at the
office of Pandam, an evening daily on December 26, 2016 was arrested
by Imphal West District Police at Sagolband Kangabam Leikai area
in Imphal West District. One Chinese hand grenade along with detonator
and three demand letters were recovered from the arrested militant.
The militant disclosed that he had been working under the command
of self styled 'commander' Laishram Mangoljao alias Lamyanba Khuman
of the militant group who was staying in Nepal. He also disclosed
that he collected one Chinese hand grenade from another militant,
AK Khamba (48) who was recently arrested by Imphal East District
A highly volatile situation was witnessed in the
whole of Senapati town in Senapati District, following the arrest
of leaders of ANSAM by AR. According to the report, ANSAM President
Seth Shatsang, Finance Secretary of the association Joseph Adani
and Executive Secretary AC Thotso were arrested by the AR personnel
from Taphou area of Senapati town while they were enforcing the
economic blockade. However they were released after the intervention
of the Naga people.
After the arrest of the militant of Lamyanba Khuman
faction of KCP-MC on January 8 by Manipur Police, who suspected
to be involved in planting a hand grenade at the office of Pandam,
an evening daily on December 26, 2016, a spokesperson of AR claimed
that CorCom, an apex body of six outfits of Manipur responsible
for the threatening of the local editors.
Unidentified assailants hurled nine petrol bombs
at the resident of Tamenglong DC, M Luikham in Tamenglong District.
Out of nine, five bombs exploded, but no injuries were reported.
According to the report, the guards at the residence of M Luikham
opened several rounds of fire in the air to ward off the attackers.
The identity of the attackers is not yet confirmed, as no militant
group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Unidentified assailants allegedly attacked BJP
activist, Mohammad Rajauddin's residence at Mayang Imphal Bengoon
in Imphal West District by firing numerous rounds. According to
the report, a group of unidentified assailants travelling inside
a four wheeler vehicle allegedly attacked the resident. No injuries
were reported, and identity of the assailants was also unknown
A team of Imphal East District Police arrested
a KCP militant, identified as Ningthoujam Yamba Singh alias
Sanayamba (35) at Keirao Awang Leikai in Imphal East District.
Incriminating articles were recovered from the arrested militant.
Security was beefed up after a bomb threat to
a bridge at Jirighat in Cachar District by militant groups. Ahead
of the Assembly elections in Manipur, intelligence report said
that the NSCN-IM or the NSCN-K might blast the Jirighat Bridge,
which connects Assam and Manipur.
The ADGP, L R Bishnoi, said that Chinese intelligence
agencies had been helping various insurgent groups of North Eastern
India having bases in Myanmar. L R Bishnoi also claimed that the
chief of ULFA-I, Paresh Barua had currently set up base in Ruili,
a Chinese town in the Myanmar border. He said that Paresh Barua
had drawn up plans to supply arms procured from Chinese agencies
to smaller armed groups of the North-eastern region. "Chinese
intelligences have been helping, directly or indirectly various
insurgent groups of the North-eastern region that have their bases
and hideouts inside Myanmar. These groups are under increasing
influence of the Chinese agencies, and ULFA-I leader Paresh Barua
is among those top leaders who have been in regular touch with
the Chinese liaison office in Ruili on the China-Myanmar border,"
ADGP LR Bishnoi said.
Giving a break-up of the cadre strength of different
North-eastern rebel groups in Myanmar, ADGP Bishnoi also said
that while the NSCN-K had over 1,000 cadres there, PLA- a Manipuri
group came second with over 250 men. "Taking into account at least
ten North-eastern rebel groups having their bases and hideouts
in Myanmar, there should be close to 2,500 militants from the
region in that country. Of them NSCN-K alone has a little over
1,000 men, followed by around 260 of the PLA, 230 of the UNLF
and a little over 200 of the ULFA-I," Bishnoi said. According
to him, the strength of the NSCN-IM there would be between 80
and 120, NDFB-IKS about 160, KYKL, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro around
10 each. "Two things that have been happening there is that while
the rebel groups of the region work in close coordination, they
get almost 100 per cent support from the local communities close
to the Indo-Myanmar who belong to various Naga tribes. These villagers
not only provide them food and shelter, but also guide them through
the mountainous track," Bishnoi said.
One ZUF militant, identified as Abel Gangmei (30)
was killed by suspected NSCN-IM cadres at Padanpung village in
Noney District. Two spent cartridges were recovered near the dead
body of the militant.
Eleven persons, including six NSCN-IM militants
were arrested and arms were recovered by the Thoubal District
Police in three separate incidents from different parts of the
Thoubal District. In the first incident, a team of Thoubal District
Police led by SP M Pradeep conducted a search operation at Tuisem
village under Pallel Police Station and arrested seven persons
including three former NSCN-IM cadres who failed to produce proper
identification proof. Four SSBL guns and one unauthorized weapon
were recovered in the operation.
In the second incident, the Police team carried
out a search operation at Khangshim village under Kakching Police
Station and arrested a sympathizer and a self styled 'captain'
of NSCN-IM identified as Hongsha Moshel (32) and Ashang Hongsha
(42) respectively. One .38 pistol with four live rounds, two mobile
phone handsets and a wallet containing some documents were recovered
from their possession.
In the third incident, the Police carried out
search operation at Serou quarry area where they arrested two
NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Bungdon Bingham Ningham (29) and
Seltun Thohrin Anal (23), who were collecting 'illegal tax' from
trucks at that area. One .32 pistol loaded with one live round
and a sum of INR 1100 were recovered from the arrestees.
One arms dealer, identified as Abdul Huissen alias
Japan (38) was arrested by Bishnupur District Police commandos,
at a mobile vehicle check post at Moirang Lamkhai along Tiddim
road in Bishnupur District. One 9 mm pistol along with a magazine
was recovered from the arrestee.
A civilian was killed and three others were injured
when unidentified armed men attacked an Imphal-bound convoy of
loaded trucks escorted by heavy security personnel at Imphal-Jiribam
road in Lukhambi of Noney District. The deceased has been identified
as one Dikhonang (25) of Tamenglong while the injured were identified
as Thuannilung (31) - a school teacher from Taobam village, Jacky
Kahmei (30) of Tamenglong, and Nipen Kalita (24). According to
Police, a convoy of over 500 goods-laden trucks was on their way
towards Imphal when they were attacked by the unidentified people
with sophisticated weapons, killing one civilian and injuring
three others at the spot. However, a separate source said that
the victims (all civilians) were travelling in a car when the
incident happened. The Police report said the injured were rushed
to AR Unit Hospital, Noney where they were treated but later sent
to Imphal for better treatment. However, Police did not divulge
any information on whether they retaliated to the alleged ambush.
A cadre of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified as
Pukhrihongbam Ibomcha was arrested in Imphal in Manipur. A 9 mm
pistol and 2 hand grenades were recovered from his possession.
The ZUF categorically clarified that Abel Gangmei
(30), who was killed by suspected NSCN-IM militant at Padangpung
village in Noney District on January 11 was not related to the
outfit and he was a civilian.
The 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, identified
as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) was arrested
at Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi along with a female cadre of
the militant group identified as Inungbam Sanatombi Devi (26).
The Delhi Police recovered 100-150 mobile SIM cards and laptops
from the militant leader and his associate. The Delhi Police also
disclosed other information related to the militant group after
interrogation. DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Yadav said, "They are
involved in large number of cases of terror activities like lobbing
of grenades, shoot-outs, killings, planting of bombs, running
extortion network by intimidating businessmen and politicians."
Police arrested a KCP militant, identified as
Rishikesh Singh (41), from Sangakpham Bazar area in Imphal West
District. Incriminating articles were also recovered from his
Thounaojam Shyamkumar , MLA from INC, denied Delhi
Police's charge that he had nexus with the arrested militant leader
of the KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup. 'C-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup,
identified as Khoirom Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha
(35) was arrested from New Delhi on January 12.
The UNC of Manipur opposed the fencing work between
India and Myanmar and ''appealed to Nagas'' to jointly oppose
it. The fencing work is on at remote Pangsha village in Nagaland's
Tuensang District. The NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, ENPO and several other
Nagaland based social organization had also opposed the move to
fence the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland.
The Government officials said that the UHM Rajnath
Singh had sought a report on the ambush of January 12 on NH 37
in Manipur in which one person was killed and three injured.
According to the security sources the militant
groups having bases in Myanmar have started using different routes
of Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border to enter into the North East
region. Earlier, Nagaland-Myanmar border was considered to be
the most vulnerable. Sources said that though some militants are
still sneaking to the country through Nagaland, most such infiltrations
are taking place through Arunachal Pradesh which is considered
to be a peaceful state. Security sources said that most such movements
were taking place through the Changlang District of Arunachal
Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh CM also held a high level meeting
with senior officers of the Army and paramilitary forces last
month to discuss the situation.
UHM Rajnath Singh, along with Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, reviewed the
prevailing situation in Manipur. The State is reeling under a
75-day long economic blockade on NHs, called by the UNC, which
has crippled normal life. Top officials including CoAS General
Bipin Rawat, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, and AG Mukul
Rohatgi were also present in the meeting. The presence of AG is
leading to speculation of the Union Government mulling some legal
action. The blockade of the NHs leading to the Manipur valley
has been in place since November 1.
Imphal West District Police arrested a KYKL militant,
identified as H Priyokumar (45) from Naoremthong Shamushang under
Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District. Police said that
the arrested militant was working under the 'deputy finance secretary'
of the militant group, Ingba and involved in several extortion
Police commandos, during combing operations, raided
the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul,
at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was
Police commandos, during combing operations, raided
the house of a NSCN-IM militant, identified as Mashuring Tangkhul,
at Ringpham village in Chandel District. However, no arrest was
A court in New Delhi, remanded Inugbamsanatombi
Devi, the female associate of 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Lup, to judicial
custody until January 31. She was arrested on January 12 along
with Khoirom Ranjit, the 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei, who is
in Police custody until January 19.
The 'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup, Khoirom
Ranjit alias Rocky alias Great Macha (35) will be taken back to
Delhi on January 18 (today) for further investigation. Khoirom
Ranjit was brought back to Manipur on January 13 after he was
arrested by a special cell of Delhi Police from Mayur Vihar area
of New Delhi on January 12.
Police arrested three militants, during a series
of search operations, from different locations across the State.
The arrested militants belonged to UNLF, NSCN-K and NSCN-IM. Besides
the militants, 58 other suspected persons were also detained and
arms were recovered during the operations. These operations were
conducted in Andro Kharam Leikai and Andro Bazar area in Imphal
East District, Mahakabui Namching village in Senapati District,
Dharmasala in Imphal West District, Kakching town in Kakching
District and its surrounding areas, Pallel in Chandel District
and Tuismi Bazar areas, and Kwakta in Bishnupur District. This
drive was launched in order to foil any unwanted incident ahead
of the Republic Day celebration (26th January).
UHM Rajnath Singh and CM of Manipur Okram Ibobi
Singh met and discussed the situation in Manipur due to the continued
blockade of two NHs in the State by UNC. During the meeting, the
UHM expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation especially
with regard to availability of essential commodities.UHM Rajnath
Singh further stated that the ongoing blockade is likely to adversely
affect democratic process in the forthcoming elections by hampering
movement of people, including election officials.
UHM Rajnath Singh made an appeal to Nagaland CM
TR Zeliang to try to convince the Naga leaders in Manipur to call
off their economic blockade and come to some sort of understanding
with the Manipur Government. UHM Rajnath Singh called Nagaland
CM TR Zeliang to New Delhi to discuss the matter. In the meeting,
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and Deputy CM Gaikhangam were also
In a statement, NSCN-IM asserted that the 'historic
Framework Agreement' on August 3 of 2015 after 19 years long 'political
negotiation' with GoI would be outside the Constitution and Union
of India recognizing every aspects of 'Naga's legitimate rights'
without compromising the principles.
A city court in New Delhi extended by five days
the Police custody of Khoirom Ranjit, the arrested 'chief' of
KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant, after Delhi Police said he was
needed further custodial interrogation.
SFs arrested three arms dealer including two women
from two different places of Churachandpur District along with
arms. In the first incident SFs arrested two women identified
as Esther Haokip and Chongboi Haokip in Churachandpur Town. Five
pistols were recovered from their possession. Based on their disclosure,
another arms dealer identified as Gumlalmun was also arrested
at Loklaiphai village along with one pistol and a magazine.
The militant group, ASUK, in a statement, threatened
the 68th Republic Day celebration (26th January) in North East.
In the statement, the militant grouped 'banned' the 68th Republic
Day celebration in the entire WESEA.
SFs arrested one militant of UNLF, identified
as Thiyam Nungshithoi alias Lokhon alias Buno alias
Saphaba Meitei (34) from Keishampat Keisham Leikai in Imphal West
District. SFs said that Nungshithoi was a KYKL cadre till 2002
before he joined the UNLF together with six others in 2003.
SFs arrested four unidentified cadres of NSCN-IM
from Khongshang area on Imphal-Jiribam road in Noney District.
SFs also recovered 40 gelatine explosive sticks, 58 detonators,
26 metres of cordtex detonating fuse and 18 air guns from the
In a statement, the UNC called a boycott of the
upcoming Republic Day celebrations (26th January).
SFs arrested one KCP militant identified as Sanjenbam
Chandramani Singh alias Boynao alias Eyamba at Sawombung
in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were recovered
from the arrested militants.
Unidentified assailants attacked the 'chairman',
Seipu Singsit, of militant group UTLA, at Tollen village in Churachandpur
District. The militant leader sustained injuries during the attack.
Presently, UTLA is under SoO agreements with Union and State Government.
SFs arrested two PLA militants, identified as
Angom Arunkumar alias Chinglen (62) and Khundrakpam Suresh
alias Mocha (47) from Wangkhei Thangjam Leikai and Palace
Compound Thangapat Mapal respectively in Imphal East District
in two separate incidents. Three mobiles phones were recovered
from them. SFs sources said that they were involved in several
Police detained six bailed out militants from
different places in Thoubal District. Out of six, four belongs
to PLA militant and two belongs to UNLF.
The proposed tripartite talk between Manipur
Government, Centre and UNC scheduled on January 23 was postponed
indefinitely. Further, Manipur Government had agreed to UNC's
demand to shift the venue of the proposed talks from Imphal to
New Delhi. UNC had demanded that the venue for the talks should
be held in either New Delhi or in 'Naga dominated area'.
In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and
the ULFA-I called for a 'total shut down' in the entire North
East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint
statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the 'WESEA'
should 'collectively boycott' the Indian Republic Day on January
Driver of an oil tanker was injured when suspected
NSCN-IM militants attacked a convoy of loaded trucks at Awangkhul
under Noney Police Station in Noney District. The driver was identified
as Elangbam Birjit Singh (38) resident of Wangbal Mayai Leikai
of Thoubal District. According to reports, 373 loaded Tata trucks
were coming towards Imphal from Jiribam with CRPF escort on account
of the ongoing economic blockade.
SFs arrested one PLA militant, identified as Kh
Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong District.
Two low intensity explosions were triggered at
Mantripukhri and Singjamei Chingamakha area in Imphal West District.
No casualty due to these explosions was reported. No group has
taken responsibility of the blasts so far.
The State Congress spokesperson Khumukcham Joykishan
said that the Manipur Government had given final touches to the
proposal of declaring the UNC as an unlawful organisation and
it would be forwarded to the Central Government.
Two workers out of three, who were abducted on
January 26, by a group of suspected KNF-N militant, were killed
in an alleged gunfight between the militant group and KNA militants
at Moulsohoi village under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul District.
The two deceased workers were identified as Laishram Tompok (27)
and Laishram Thoi (22). However, the third abducted worker, identified
as Khumujam Bijen (25) was rescued by the villagers. One suspected
abductor, identified as Thangminlun Khongsai (25) also got bullet
injury in the incident. According to the report, the injured abductor
is a member of UTLA and one pistol was recovered from his possession.
The three workers were abducted from Maphou dam project in Senapati
District on January 26, by four suspected Kuki militants. The
abductors were attacked by KNA cadres when they entered the Moulsohoi
village, which according to KNA militants 'fall under the jurisdiction'
of their designated camp. However, another source said that the
abductors were not from any militant group and they were just
a gang of criminals.
A bomb was recovered, by SFs, which was planted
by unidentified assailant at the residence of a worker at Khabam
Bamdiar under Nambol Police Station in Bishnupur District.
Two UTLA militants identified as Robert Thangboi
Kipgen and Thensei Singsit, who were involved in the attack of
the 'chairman' of UTLA on January 22, were arrested by Police
from K Lhangnom village in Churachandpur District. According to
the Police the arrested militants belong to a rival faction of
SFs arrested two women cadres of the UNLF militant,
identified as Huidrom Chingkheinganbi Chanu (22) and Oinam Chanchan
alias Jayenti alias Langlen (22) from Laipham Khunou under
Heingang Police Station in Imphal West District.
SFs recovered a bomb from a paddy field at Uyokching
in Kakching District.
Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at
Indian Army's 2nd JKLI troopers, who were on ROP duty, injuring
a JKLI personnel at Nachou along Tiddim Road under Bishnupur Police
Station in Bishnupur District. The injured personnel identified
as Mohammad Arshad has been taken to Leimakhong military hospital
UNC 'president' Gaidon Kamei and 'publicity secretary'
S Stephen was escorted to New Delhi in order to enable them to
take part in the tripartite talk scheduled on February 3.
SFs arrested one cadre of KNF-N militant, identified
as Thomas Lenminthang Guite (27), near Kopibung area in Senapati
District. According to the report the militant was involved in
several abduction and extortion cases. Incriminating articles
related with the militant group were also recovered from the arrested
The Union Government stated that it had brokered
a peace deal between the Manipur Government and UNC and three-month-old
economic blockade would be ended by the Naga groups in Manipur
very soon. The statement came after the tripartite talks between
the UNC, Manipur Government and UHM in the North Block in New
Delhi. The UHM said that they had made 'substantial progress',
but denied to reveal detail about the meeting.
SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM,
identified as 'chapel' Thijuangpau Panmei, from Tamenglong town
(ward no 5 area) in Tamenglong District. SFs later 'handed over'
the arrested NSCN-IM militant to Imphal Police Station.
In some declassified reports of CIA of the United
States of America, it was revealed that the North Eastern militant
groups had been receiving Chinese assistance in terms of arms
and training since 1960s. The CIA report was submitted on July
26, 1968 and from the report it is evident that the militant groups
of the Northeast were receiving help from China even during that
time. The report said that the Naga militants first established
contacts with China in December, 1966. The report revealed that
the first batch of approximately 200 militants crossed over to
Northern Burma (now Myanmar) to obtain arms training in Yunnan.
SFs arrested two militants of KCP-Poirei Meitei
Lup, identified as Sanjenbam Ningthem Singh (40) and Wankhem Bihari
Singh (34), in Kabowakching area of Bishnupur District.
One PLA/ RPF militant, identified as Naorem Indrakumar
Meitei (36) arrested by SFs at Thanga Ngaram Machin in Bishnupur
SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified
as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in Imphal West
The UNC decided to continue their agitation until
the State Government withdraws the decision to declare Sadar Hills
and Jiribam as full-fledged Districts. The decision was taken
in an emergency 'presidential council' meeting of UNC in Senapati
District. The meet was held to consider the outcome of the tripartite
talk involving Central Government of India, State Government and
UNC in New Delhi on February 3. Meanwhile, the Central Government
of India expressed its disappointment over the issue. A meeting
took place in Imphal where representative from the UHM, State
Government and UNC participated. But the outcome of the meeting
was quite disappointing for the Central Government. The sources
of the Central Government expressing its disappointment said that
the Manipur Government was not cooperating and the UNC was taking
'a different stand'.
Suspected militants belonging to TPLA abducted
an auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Robin Thapa (26), at an
area between Motbung and Keithelmanbi in Senapati District. According
to the sources, the militant group served extortion demands to
auto-rickshaw associations operating along the Highway particularly
in between Sekmai and Motbung last month (January).
In a press release, the militant group UNLF said
that their 'armed wing' the MPA had observed its 30th 'raising
day' in different parts of the State and at other places.
The Chairman of JIC and interlocutor for the Naga
peace-talks, Mr R. N. Ravi said that ongoing economic blockade
in Manipur may have an impact on the peace-talks. JIC Chairman
RN Ravi said, "The Naga issue can't be dealt in political isolation.
Naga neighbours are important stakeholders. A durable solution
is not possible by disregarding neighbours' sentiment and confrontational
attitude towards them." The news report further adds that over
the stubborn attitude displayed by the NSCN-IM over Manipur, Mr
Ravi had said, "It is bound to impact the tenor and character
of further talks with NSCN-IM."Notably, the Manipur based UNC
is spearheading the economic blockade in the State for over three
months and two rounds of meetings with the stakeholders to resolve
the crisis has failed to elicit any result. UNC is protesting
against creation of seven new Districts in the State of Manipur.
The CLP, in a meeting chaired by CM Okram Ibobi
Singh, unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central Government
of India to declare the UNC as an unlawful organisation for imposing
the indefinite economic blockade on the NHs and banning construction
and developmental activities of National and State projects.
A 'leader' of UKLF militant, identified as Thangboi
Haokip alias Jacob Thadou was arrested at Imphal Tulihal Airport
in Imphal East District after CISF posted at the airport recovered
4 live round of 9 MM pistol with him. The CISF handed him over
to the Singjamei Police along with the recovered ammunitions,
but he was later released by the Police. UKLF is signatory to
SoO agreement with State and Union Government.
Violating the cease fire ground rule with the
GoI, the NSCN-IM opened a new 'battalion' called 'Phungtha Battalion'
consisting 45 cadres of the group at Kangkum Village in Ukhrul
Reacting on the CLP's resolution, for declaring
UNC as an unlawful organisation, the UNC asked the Manipur Government
why they had participated in the tripartite talk in New Delhi
if the UNC was 'unlawful'.
A Court in New Delhi extended the judicial custody
of the 'chief' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Lup militant Khoirom Ranjit
and his two associates, Inugbam Sanatombi Devi and Pukhrihongbamibomcha
Prem Kumar, till February 27.
SFs arrested four unidentified militants of NSCN-IM
at Nungba in Tamenglong District. According to the SFs the arrested
militants were involved in extortion and other illegal activites.
Two militants, belonging to UNLF and PLA, were
arrested by SFs in two different incidents. In the first incident,
SFs arrested an UNLF cadre, identified as 'sergeant major' Thongbram
Gyanjit alias Chinglensana (32) from Hatta Golapati area
in Imphal West District. After the arrest he revealed that under
the instruction of his 'commander' Itomba of UNLF, he came out
of his camp in October last year (2016) and stayed in Imphal areas
to disturb the forthcoming 11th State Assembly election. In the
other incident, one militant of PLA, identified as Yumnam Surendra
alias Suren (64), was arrested by SFs from the resident of the
militant in Imphal West District. The militant revealed that he
was working under the 'captain' Nongpoknganba of PLA and extorted
money from contractors and businessmen for the militant group.
Clarifying the stand of the present Union Government
towards insurgents groups, the UMHA has indicated to a parliamentary
panel that it is open to negotiations with only those militant
formations that abjure violence and opt for a solution within
the Constitution of India. The Government proposes to adopt a
multi-pronged strategy to deal with extremists/separatists of
the northeastern region. The parliamentary panel in its report
advised that the government should start dialogue with these groups
and address sympathetically their grievances within the framework
of the Constitution of India with an aim of bringing them into
the mainstream. The multi-pronged strategy includes this aspect
Currently, the Union government is engaged in
peace talks with various insurgent groups of the Northeast and
talks are continuing with the ULFA-PTF, NDFB-P, NDFB-RD, KLNLF-
all from Assam, while the NSCN-IM, NSCN-KN and NSCN-R of Nagaland
are under ceasefire agreements.
A total of 23 underground outfits of Manipur,
consisting two conglomerates - the UPF and KNO are currently under
SoO agreement with the Union Government. Three valley-based underground
outfits of Manipur - the URF, KCP-L and KYKL-MDF have signed MoU
with the Union Government.The Union Government has informed that
pursuant to the policy of talks, various insurgent outfits, including
the UPDS, DHD of Assam and ANVC and ANVC-B of Meghalaya have signed
memorandum of settlement with the Government and dissolved themselves.
As a result, a number of members of insurgent outfits have surrendered
after laying down arms and joined the mainstream of society.
Criticizing the State Government for creating
new Districts, NSCN-IM said that the move by the Manipur Government
to carve out seven Districts 'out of Naga territories with colonial
design' is an 'intrusion' upon the rights of the Nagas. They also
supported the economic blockade against the creation of new Districts
in the State.
Police arrested two PLA militants, identified
as Mohammad Nawaz Khan and Khulakpam Farooque, from Kairam Palli
of Keirao Litan Makhong near Trio English School in Imphal East
District. Police recovered one .9 mm pistol along with five rounds
in the magazine, a Bolero car and incriminating articles from
SFs recovered a single .32 caliber bullet while
checking in Imphal Tulihal Airport from a passenger identified
as Awungshi Naomi.
UHM Rajnath Singh stated that the Framework Agreement
signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3,
2015 would not affect the integrity and territorial boundary of
Manipur in any manner. The Framework Agreement does not mention
anything about Manipur and the word 'Manipur' cannot be found
in any place of the agreement, UHM Rajnath Singh stated. Further,
UHM Rajnath Singh said, "The Manipur Government did not send any
representative for the first round of tripartite talks to end
the economic blockade." Disclosing that the Centre had provided
the paramilitary forces as sought by the Manipur Government, he
said, "I do not understand why the Centre is blamed for the blockade.
India has the federal system of Government and the Constitution
clearly says that the Centre cannot intervene on a State subject
like law and order."
Court of CJM, Imphal East remanded UNC 'president'
Gaidon Kamei and 'information secretary' Shangkhel Stephen to
judicial custody till March 3. The two UNC leaders are currently
lodged in Manipur Central Jail. The duo will be produced before
the Court of CJM Imphal East on February 21 and the High Court
of Manipur on February 22.
The AMSU categorically rejected UMH Rajnath Singh's
assurance that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government
of India and NSCN-IM does not mention anything about Manipur and
it would not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. In a
statement issued by the AMSU, its 'secretary general' Manjit Sarangthem
said, "We would like to see and study the Framework Agreement
if it contains anything inimical to the interest of Manipur."
AMSU further stated that this verbal assurance given by UHM Rajnath
Singh was not enough. Framework Agreement between Union Government
and NSCN-IM was signed on August 3, 2015.
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh said that he was
ready for tripartite talks with the UNC to end the three-month-long
Two Policemen were injured when suspected ZUF
militants attacked the convoy of Deputy CM Gaikhangam as he went
visit his Khoupum Tampak residence in Noney District. Militants
launched the first attack at around 7.50 am at Lubanglong Khunou
(Namkaolong) Part II area along Old Cachar Road in Noney District.
Then the militants carried out the second attack on a Police team
which came from the direction of Rengpang near Irang River at
around 8.30 am. No one was injured in the both the attacks but
the Gypsy of the Police team suffered some damages. Later, the
militants launched the third attack at Lubanglong Khunou Part
II, some distance away from the spot where the first attack was
launched, at around 12.30 pm when the Deputy CM was at his residence.
One Police personnel identified as Yumnam Jinesh (34) was injured
in this attack. After Deputy CM Gaikhangam had left his village
for capital Imphal, militants attacked Police forces who were
heading for Imphal for the fourth time at around 3 pm along Old
Cachar Road near the spot where the first attack was carried out.
One Police personnel, identified as Kh Bobo, injured in the attack.
Students and women vendors of Bishnupur District
have launched agitations supporting the series of agitation taken
up by AMSU demanding a white paper on the Framework Agreement
signed between Union Government and NSCN-IM.
Underscoring the essence of ethical and respectable
voting, the militant group, KRA, under the umbrella of KNO, called
for free, fair and clean election in the ensuing 11th Manipur
State Assembly Election, 2017.
One NSCN-IM militant, 'sergeant' Solomon, was
killed, during an encounter, between suspected NSCN-IM cadres
and 2/5 GR at Khoupum Chingthak area in Noney District. Two others
including one NSCN-IM cadre 'lieutenant' Kahaulun and a woman
Ajingna Rongmei (50) were injured during the incident.
Two fratricidal clashes between NSCN-IM and ZUF
cadres were reported from Tanripou area of Dialing village in
Tamenglong District and Lanjaising area of Noney District. Three
unidentified NSCN-IM cadres were injured in the twin clashes.
These clashes happened as NSCN-IM cadres were taking their injured
fellow cadres to Hospital following the encounter with 2/5 GR.
Governor Dr Najima Heptulla appealed to the UNC
leaders and its supporters to lift the indefinite economic blockade
taking into consideration the immense hardships faced by the people
and in light of the upcoming 11th State Assembly election.
The CorCom, a conglomerate of six Imphal Valley-based
militant outfits, announced a total shut down of Manipur over
the PM's scheduled visit to the State on February 25. CorCom called
for total shut down all over Manipur from 6 am morning of February
25 till the Indian PM leaves Manipur. However, medical services,
religious activities, media, water supply, electricity and fire
services would not be covered by the total shut down, it added.
Union MOS Home Kiren Rijiju stated that the rumour
that the FA signed between the Union Government and NSCN-IM on
August 3, 2015 may affect the territorial integrity of Manipur
is devoid of any basis. Speaking to media persons in Imphal, Rijiju
maintained that the Framework Agreement is not a final agreement.
A final agreement would be reached only after the dialogue process
ends. The political dialogue is not an isolated process. Centre's
interlocutor for the political dialogue, RN Ravi has been going
to different places and consulting all stake holders. There is
not an iota of truth in the assumption that the Framework Agreement
may affect the integrity of Manipur. Yet some people have been
deliberately trying to misinterpret the FA without having any
knowledge about it. The FA is only a half page document and it
only acknowledges the uniqueness of Naga history and Naga problems.
The half page document merely states the position of the Government
of India regarding the Naga issue but the final outcome of the
dialogue process would be determined after consulting all stake
holders, Rijiju stated.
Citizens' groups reiterated their demand for disclosure
of the framework agreement fine print on the eve of Prime Minister's
visit to the State on February 25. "We demand details of the framework
agreement as the territorial integrity of Manipur is threatened
by the Centre and NSCN-IM talks," Johnson Elangbam, the president
of the UCM, said at a daylong discussion on the pact. The discussion
was organised by the UCM and CCSK.
Police recovered a hand grenade and a bomb from
separate places in Manipur, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit to the Northeastern State to address an election
rally. The recovery comes even as an apex body of six rebel groups
in Manipur has given a call for a "complete shutdown" in the state
on February 25 to protest against Modi's visit, saying it was
aimed at "hoodwinking the people of Manipur".
The RPF, political wing of PLA, observed its 38th
foundation day. A press release issued by the 'publicity secretary'
of the organisation stated that the foundation day was observed
at the party's 'General Headquarters', 'council headquarters',
'central bureau' and its various divisions, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3,
SR-4, PLA general headquarters, 'tactical command', 'strategic
command', '252 mobile battalion' and other PLA units, 'departments',
'stations' where the party's flag was unfurled.
Militant formation, ZUF's 'chairman' Kamson has
raised the demand for creation of a common homeland for Zeliangrong
people on the occasion of the outfit's 6th raising day. "Our present
struggle is not seeking secession from India but we are demanding
a common homeland within the Union of India for the fragmented
Zeliangrong territory which was divided by the British rulers
and continues in independent India," Kamson said.
Unidentified militants allegedly planted a bomb
which later exploded outside the house of two editors located
in Imphal. There were no reports of any casualty but a car was
damaged. The editors work for a Manipuri daily and a local cable
television, Police said.
The MNRF has appealed to all the Nagas of Manipur
to stand against the oppression of NSCN-IM and cast their votes
for the deserving candidates according to their own will. A press
release issued by the 'assistant secretary', 'information and
publicity' of the group stated that the Nagas of Manipur have
been reeling under the pressure of the NSCN-IM to vote for their
In a statement, the KSO asserted that the Kuki
people must be consulted before a final settlement is worked out
to the political dialogue going on between NSCN-IM and the GoI.
SFs recovered a bomb near the gate of a residential
building in Khongman Bashikhong Turel Mapal area in Imphal East
District. The bomb was later defused safely by the SFs.
The Central Government of India clarified that
it has not signed any final accord with the NSCN-IM though a framework
agreement has been sealed. The issue figured at a meeting of the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on UMHA, which was chaired by
former Home Minister P Chidambaram. Officials of the Home Ministry,
briefing the members of the Committee, gave a broad account of
the framework agreement, which has been kept under tight wraps.
The 'Framework Agreement' between the Centre and the NSCN-IM was
signed on August 3, 2015. Home Ministry officials explained that
a final accord has not been signed as the Centre proposed to take
along all Naga groups and the concerned State Governments of Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
At least seven people were injured when a powerful
IED blast was triggered by two suspected assailants at the residence
of K Leishiyo (43) at Langol Laimanai Lanthungching in Imphal
West District. The injured persons were identified as Mark Keishing
(37), Gideon Keishing (50), Zeneatte Ningshen (30), Samson Maku
(55), Fanny Grace (40), Reishang Ningshen (35) and Star Shinglai
(30). The owner of the residence is contesting in the ensuing
Assembly election from Phungyar Assembly Constituency on NPF ticket.
Police suspect the blast is related to the upcoming Assembly elections
but could not immediately identify those behind the attack. "We
are investigating the case," a Police Officer said.
Manipur CEO Vivek Kumar Dewangan on March 2 announced
that altogether 2,228 underground cadres belonging to various
militant groups who are under SoO and MoU with the GoI will cast
their votes through postal ballot at 14 designated camps across
SFs arrested a militant belonging to NSCN-IM,
identified as Withonbou (28), from Kadi-IV village in Tamenglong
District. SFs also recovered NSCN-IM uniform, kit bag and INR
4,800 from the arrested militant.
The CRPF top brass are keeping their fingers crossed
hoping that no major ambush is carried out by insurgents on its
personnel deployed in the State. Sources within the CRPF have
said that the personnel were fighting with their backs to the
wall following the UHM refusal to provide them mine-protected
vehicles and other enhanced security infrastructure despite intelligence
inputs of possible attacks on SFs by insurgent groups. In January,
2017, the CRPF had alerted the UHM on how the "conduct of the
Assembly election will be critical and challenging both from the
insurgency and law and order point of view", considering the economic
blockade on NH 2 and 37 since November 1 against the Okram Ibobi
Singh Government's plan to create seven new Districts. "Intelligence
input indicates infiltration of insurgent groups from Myanmar
and other areas to attack security forces and disrupt the election
process. To counter the threat of IEDs from insurgents during
the elections, 10 mine-protected vehicles are required in the
vulnerable and critical areas," the CRPF had written to the ministry.
Besides, CRPF had also asked for 20 bunker vehicles, additional
bomb detection and disposal squads and satellite phones.
Kuki Inpi (apex body of Kuki tribe in Manipur)
submitted a memorandum to PM Narendra Modi appealing to settle
the alleged 'heinous acts' committed by NSCN-IM and also to reveal
the contents of the 'Framework Agreement' that was signed between
the militant group and GoI.
Four unidentified KNA militants were arrested
by AR at Sangaikot in Churachandpur District. AR also recovered
two AK-56 rifles, two magazines and 142 bullets, a 9mm pistol
along with a magazine, 6 rounds of ammunition and four mobile
handsets from the arrested militants.
The High Court of Manipur declared the more than
four months old economic blockade of the UNC as illegal.
The KNO 'leader' Seilen Haokip said that they
were seeking settlement within the India Constitution. In this
context, the UPF and KNO, umbrella organisations of the armed
Kuki Groups observing SoO with the Government, also talked about
exercising their adult franchise in the Manipur State Assembly
The 'general secretary' of UTLA/KNO, identified
as Sehjahao Singsit alias Haopu Singsit alias Abunidhar
was reportedly killed by the suspected cadres from his own militant
group over unknown internal conflict at Songsang area in Thanlon
sub-division in Churachandpur District. According to the sources,
the UTLA leader's killing may be related to the just concluded
Assembly polls as he is believed to have a disagreement on the
Suspected militants abducted two persons and later
released after beating them severely in Churachandpur town of
One militant of KNA/ KRA-U, identified as Kamminlun
Hmar alias Henry alias Pupu (27) was reportedly killed
in a gun battle between a combined team of KRA, KRA-U under KNO
and KNF under UPF at Khengjang village in Kangpokpi District.
Both the formations are under SoO agreement; KRA-U is under KNO
and KNF under UPF.
The UTLA expressed its disappointment over the
alleged abduction and threatening of Longpi village chief by NSCN-IM
on February 27. The chief of Longpi village, Kailal Gangte Kuki,
who is also the chairman of the area's Chief Association, was
reportedly abducted by the NSCN-IM on February 27 and later released
the next day after threatening him. NSCN-IM threatened him about
participating in the Assembly polls to be held on March 8.
According to some unofficial sources, ahead of
the second phase Manipur polls scheduled on March 8, NSCN-IM,
which is undergoing peace talk with the GoI have served threat
to the villagers in Naga inhabited areas in the State to cast
vote in favour of their 'sponsored' candidates.
One AR jawan (trooper) and one poll official were
injured when three IEDs exploded at two separate places of Phungyar
Assembly Constituency under Kamjong District. The first two IEDs
exploded almost simultaneously at a place near Aishi village where
an AR jawan identified as R Vasnet injured. The second explosion
took place near a polling station located at Ashang Khullen. One
unidentified polling official sustained minor splinter injuries
in this second explosion.
Unidentified armed assailants abducted four unidentified
workers of an independent candidate TS Warngam who is contesting
in the second phase of the 11th State Legislative Assembly election
from Chandel Assembly Constituency from a place in between Chandel
and Chakpikarong in Chandel District.
Due to the UNC-spearheaded economic blockade on
Manipur since November 1, 2016, there have been no talks between
GoI's Interlocutor for 'Naga Peace Talks' R.N. Ravi and NSCN-IM
'leaders' for over a month. According to the report, both sides
used to hold both formal and non formal meetings almost on a regular
basis but the UNC's economic blockade appears to have caused some
disruption. Ravi was also quoted as saying that the blockade had
brought about serious misapprehension between the Nagas and non-Nagas
in the Northeast and which would make his task of finding an early
amicable solution to Naga issue difficult, added the report.
At least nine civilians were injured in a powerful
IED blast carried out by unidentified militants in front of Vikas
Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.
The injured persons were identified as Dilip Kumar (26), Anil
Kumar (28), Dinesh Prasad Sahu (40), Meera Roy (50), Dolly Roy
(29), Khumanthem Modhubala (34), Yumnam Ibempishak (47), Yumnam
Jiten (50) and Sapam Eros (44).
The polling official, identified as H Ramkating,
who was injured in an IED blast in Ashang Khullen of Kamjong District
on March 7, succumbed to the injuries.
One IED was exploded by unidentified militants
targeting a security convoy at Singjamei Super Market in Imphal
West District. The security convoy narrowly escaped and no injury
Imphal valley based militant group PREPAK, in
a statement, claimed responsibility of the IED blast of Vikas
Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.
Imphal valley based militant group PREPAK, in
a statement, claimed responsibility of the IED blast of Vikas
Pharmacy at Kasturi Bridge of Imphal Bazar in Imphal West District.
One civilian, identified as P Loni (28), was injured
when unidentified militants opened fire at a polling station at
Purul Akutpa area of Senapati District where re-polling was held.
AR arrested two IS suspects, identified as Nazir
Mohammad and Abu Bakir, both are from Tamil Nadu, at a border
check post at Khudengthabi along the Trans Asian Highway No 1
in Chandel District. Fourteen SIM cards and some handsets, besides
INR 75,130 and a huge amount in foreign currencies were recovered
from the arrestees.
The BJP-led Manipur Government appealed the UNC
to immediately lift the indefinite economic blockade in a special
meeting convened by CM Nongthombam Biren Singh. However, the UNC
rejected the appeal to end the economic blockade of the State.
UNC made it clear that the blockade would continue until the Government
held talks with it over its demands.
CM N Biren Singh said that he would apprise the
Central Government of India about reports of "unofficial designated
camps' of NSCN-IM in the State". He said that a report would be
soon compiled about the reported presence of "unofficial designated
camps of NSCN-IM and lawlessness prevailing along the Indo-Myanmar
border areas." The "official designated camps are the duty of
the Government" but the reported "existence of unofficial camps
needs to be identified with photographs."
State Government in its first Cabinet meeting
in Imphal decided to initiate talks with UNC on March 19 to resolve
the economic blockade issue in the State.
The economic blockade on Manipur Highways by UNC
over the creation of new districts in the State came to an end
on the 139th day. The UNC agreed to lift the economic blockade
after a round of tripartite talk involving both the State Government
and the Union Government at Senapati District headquarter. The
tripartite meeting was chaired by Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint
Secretary (North East in-charge) Satyendra Garg. In response to
the decision of the UNC, the State Government agreed to release
UNC's 'president' Gaidon Kamei and 'information secretary' Stephen
Sangkhel without any condition. All cases related to the economic
blockade against them would be closed also. Apart from that, another
round of tripartite meeting would be held at the political level
within a month over the issue.
Three senior cadres of NSCN-IM,
including one ‘kilonser (minister)’ identified as Tongsim Bengam
Anal alias Prem (70) and two ‘deputy Kilonsers’ identified
as Tongsin Thumwar (42) and Nula Hrangam Anal (45), were arrested
by SFs from a place under Sekmai Police Station in Imphal West
UNC ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei and
‘Information and publicity secretary’ SK Stephen were released
unconditionally by the court of CJM, Imphal East District. Kamei
and Stephen were declared innocent by CJM, Imphal East Aribam
Noutuneshwari Devi and acquitted. The court also closed six different
cases against the UNC leaders. However, the leadership of UNC
is still against the creation of seven new districts. After the
release, ‘president’ Gaidon Kamei said that the issue of the districts
creation will be brought up during the next round of tripartite
UNLF claimed responsibility for
eliminating Ajay Kumar Shahu, whose lifeless body was recovered
from the road connecting Langol Game Village and Lamdeng Khunou
in Imphal West District on March 17. In a statement issued to
the press, the outfit said that Ajay Kumar Shahu was eliminated,
not because he was a non-Manipuri, but for pimping by running
a pan dukan (shop) at New Checkon. Detailing, the outfit
claimed that Ajay Kumar Shahu used to pimp for commercial sex
workers and hence was eliminated for using women as commercial
One militant of KCP-N, identified
as Kshetrimayum Jiten Meitei (44), was arrested by SFs at Kakching
Bazar in Kakching District. One Chinese grenade and one pressure
bomb were recovered from the arrested militant.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
reviewed the security situation in the Northeastern States of
India and directed officials to enhance vigil along the international
borders in the region. During the hour long meeting, the Home
Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation
in the Northeast, especially militancy in the region. Singh was
also told about the steps taken to ensure peace, especially in
Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the four states
considered to be affected by insurgency, official sources added.
The MoS for Home Affairs clarified
that surrendered militants without any criminal cases pending
against them can contest in elections. Kiren Rijiju on the issue
further informed that at least 15,314 militants have surrendered
under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for the northeastern
region. Altogether, 235 individuals are still undergoing rehabilitation
under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme as of financial
Following the sensational declaration
on territorial integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in the
Northeast on March 21 by ‘general secretary’ Th Muivah of NSCN-IM,
confusion and anxiety raised among the masses in the State. Referring
the statement on the Framework Agreement, the Manipur Congress
demanded an unambiguous clarification from the Central Government
India as well as the State Government.
Claiming that the MLA from Jiribam
assembly constituency, Ashab Uddin, is a ‘non-indigenous person’
of Manipur, the DESAM announced a 17-hour Manipur bandh
Reacting on the claim of greater
Nagalim by the ‘general secretary’ of NSCN-IM, Th Muivah, the
CM of the State, Nongthombam Biren Singh said that the territorial
integrity of Manipur will be protected at any cost.
The 17-hour State wide strike
called by DESAM to protest the induction of independent MLA, Ashab
Uddin, as parliamentary secretary partially affected normal life
in the State capital.
The PREPAK militant, celebrated
their ‘37th Red Army Raising Day’ at different undisclosed places
with different communities. The militant group announced about
their celebration in a press release to media houses.
SFs recovered an IED, planted
on the Ukhrul-Imphal road near the abandoned cement factory, at
Hundung in Ukhrul District.
SFs arrested one arms smuggler,
identified as Mohammad Najir Ali (37), from Arapti Bridge under
Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District. One 9 mm pistol was
also recovered from the arrestee.
After the new initiative of CM
Nongthombam Biren Singh, who invited the JAC-AATB to a meeting,
the Joint Action Committee continued its series of consultations
with various sections of the tribal society. Earlier, on March
24, the JAC-AATB said that they were not in a position to attend
a meeting arranged by the Manipur CM over the current agitation
in the hills, saying they were in the process of holding a series
of consultations with various sections of tribal society.
Deputy CM of the State, Yumnam
Joykumar Singh appealed to the people not to speculate "too
much" on the contents of the framework agreement signed between
the Centre and the NSCN-IM.
An IED went off near a temple
in Moreh town in Tegnoupal District. No one was injured, the Police
said. According to Police, the explosive went off near a Shiv
temple, considered the second largest temple in Northeast India.
Another IED exploded close to
the residential gate of a former MLA, Bijoy Koijam in Thongju
area under Singjamei Police Station of Imphal West District. However,
no one was injured in the blast.
A woman sympathizer of the KCP-MJC
militant, identified as Vahey Kipgen (30), was arrested along
with extortion letters near Hotel Imphal in Imphal East District.
MCPM, in a press release, retracted
its earlier ‘ban’ on Hijam Irabot Memorial Public School based
in Langjing (Imphal West District) in connection with ‘commercializing
educational institution’. A statement released by the outfit on
March 26, 2017 said that the school had agreed not to ‘commercialize
educational institution’. The outfit will not remain a mute spectator
if such kind of activity is done in future, the statement added.
MCPM also appeals to the people to report such type of ‘misdeed’
by educational institutions.
Imphal West District Police Commandos
arrested one ‘active worker’ of PREPAK-Pro, Geeta Sharma (39),
from a rented house at Majorkhul under Imphal City Police Station
in Imphal West District.
Imphal West District Police Commando
arrested one ‘active worker’ of PLA from Thangmeiband Lourungpurel
Leikai under Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District. He
also revealed that he was instructed to extort money from Government
offices including Electricity Department, NIT, MANIDCO, Cooperative,
Registrar, Science and Technology etc.
Police arrested a KRA-U militant,
Chongtham Ibomcha Singh (43), during an operation at Taothong
Ayungba Maning Leikai under Lamshang Police Station in Imphal
West District. The arrested militant had abducted Soibam Dhanabir
Singh (70), the proprietor of SDS Brick Field of Lamdeng Khunou
on February 16 2017 and demanded Rs two crore for his safe released.
Later, the proprietor was rescued by the Police on February 23
from Samurou area of Imphal West District but the abductors managed
In a fresh attempt to nudge Myanmar
to launch a flush out operation against the militants of the Northeast,
India reduced the allotment to its Aid to Myanmar programme significantly
and allocated INR 225 crore only this Year (2017-18). In the previous
year, (i.e. in 2016-17) India sanctioned INR 400 crore to Myanmar
but the indifferent attitude of Myanmar over the issue of Northeastern
militant groups disappointed India and this time India has clearly
shown its displeasure over the issue, claims the report.
In a statement, CorCom, the conglomerate
of several militant groups of the State threatened one lady named
Konsam Ongbi Sanahanbi from Kwakeithel Akham Leikai of Imphal
West District to appear before them by April 30. The militant
group alleged that the lady has collected a huge amount of money
in the name of the militant group.
Police carried out a cordon and
search operation at Dewlaland near Inter-State Bus Terminus in
Imphal West District and detained one suspected person who failed
to verify his identity.
State Home Department wrote to
the Union Ministry of External Affairs about the recent encroachment
into Indian Territory (Holenphai village of Tengnoupal District)
by Myanmar army and to intervene and take necessary steps to stop
cross border activities. According to the report Myanmar Army
intruded into Holenphai village on March 4 last and vandalized
a saw mill. Manipur based NGOs who conducted spot visits at the
border village after the recent incidents alleged that the Myanmar
Army was continuing its activities on the Indian side.
The militant group, ZUF, said
that it is ready to hold talks with the Central Government of
India if it recognizes the demand for bringing together the Zeliangrong
community. The new ‘chairman’ of the militant group, Jenchui Kamei
said, "The Zeliangrong United Front is ready for talks with
the Government of India provided it recognizes the demand for
bringing together the Zeliangrong community scattered across the
Northeastern States under a single administrative unit."
The militant group with around 300 cadres mainly operates in Tamenglong
District of Manipur and SFs reckon it as a force.
SFs arrested a ZUF militant, identified
as Johnson Kamei (33), at Langol Games Village in Imphal West
District. According to the SFs, the arrested militant was involved
in several extortion cases.
The ‘president’ of the UKLA, identified
as Thangkhosei Guite alias James alias Seiboy alias
Max (33), was arrested along with two other militants, identified
as Seigoulen Doungel alias Gogou alias Kenny Gou
(31) and Lenkhomang Kipgen alias Mamang (29), from Hotel
Serena in Senapati District. Many incriminating articles were
also recovered from the possession of the arrestees. The ‘president’
Thangkhosei Guite was involved in many cases of abduction and
other criminal activities. Earlier, in a notification issued by
Manipur Police on January 30 this year (2017) announced a cash
reward of INR 100,000 each to anyone who could provide information
leading to the arrest of Thangkhosei Guite and his cadre James
alias Henkholun Kipgen (36).
One militant of KRA-U, identified
as Ningthoujam Ojit (40), was arrested by the Police from Tera
Lukram Leirak in Imphal West District. According to the Police,
the arrested militant was involved in the abduction of a brick
A woman, identified as Naorem
Lukamani Devi, who was declared an absconder by Special Court,
NIA Guwahati on March 28 last year (2016) was arrested by the
investigation agency from Takyel Khongbal Mayai Leikai in Imphal
West District. The husband of the arrested woman, Priyokumar alias
Kesho Meitei, is the ‘c-in-c’ of the KCP-MTF, who was arrested
by NIA from Siliguri in West Bengal in June, 2012.
Authoritative security sources
in the Union Home Ministry claimed that China has roped in militant
groups of North East to launch a proxy war against India. The
source further claimed that the recent statement of ULFA-I, on
March 28, against the visit of Dalai Lama in Assam was dictated
by China. Also, asserting that China was not interested in organizational
strength of ULFA-I, the security sources said that China intends
to intensify its proxy war against India in the North East through
the separatist groups.
The first round of talk between
Churachandpur-based JACAATB and Manipur Government was held with
CM Nongthombam Biren Singh in the chair at the latter’s Secretariat
in Imphal. In the talk, the CM expressed his desire to let the
families perform the last rites of the victims considering their
mental trauma, official sources said. He also said any crisis
or problem can be resolved through talks. Reiterating that without
hills and tribals there is no Manipur he thanked the JAC for responding
to the appeal of the government for talks. The JACAATB submitted
a charter of demands to the Government. Both sides agreed to have
the next round of talk on April 10.
Four women and a class 10 boy
were arrested by the 34 AR from an Imphal bound-passenger bus
at Karong on the Imphal-Dimapur road in Senapati District. Police
sources informed that one of the arrested women is reported to
be the wife of the NSCN-K’s ‘western military supervisor’, ‘Lieutenant
General’ Nikki Sumi, and the boy his son. The five were arrested
by the 34 AR while travelling from Dimapur to Imphal in the passenger
bus, the Police said, adding that INR 1, 85 million in cash was
also seized from their possession.
SFs recovered an IED under a culvert
near Nungshang Bridge along Imphal-Ukhrul road in Ukhrul District.
SFs, during a cordon and search
operation, arrested RPF/PLA militants from around Kangu Chingjin
area under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District. The
arrested militants were identified as Mutum Dolen alias
Melei and Laitonjam Dinesh. They revealed that they were working
under the command of ‘finance secretary’ of Imphal East RPF/PLA
RPF claimed that Nongmaithem Leisemba
alias Chitesor, Meisnam Inaobi and his brother Meisnam
Inaocha of Kwakeithel Nganappithong who were arrested by Imphal
West Police commandos on April 8, have no connection with the
The militant group, KRA-U under the umbrella
of UPF, an entity of tripartite talks with the State Government
and Central Government India clarified that it was 'not involved
in any way' in the abduction of SDS brick field owner named Soibam
Replying to a question by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane,
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir revealed
that insurgent activities in the Northeast along the Indo-Myanmar
border saw an increase compared to the Indo-Bangladesh border
in the last three years. According to the report, during the period
from 2015 to March 31, 2017, terror activities along Indo-Myanmar
border increased alarmingly in view of insurgents groups shifting
their bases from Bangladesh to territories within Myanmar and
China. According to the Minister, during this period, 10 encounters
took place in three North Eastern States - Assam, Meghalaya and
Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Even though no casualties
were reported in these encounters, a total of 11 suspected rebels
were arrested. In Assam along the Indo-Bangla border, three encounters
were reported and four militants arrested in 2015. No such incident
was however reported in Assam along the Indo-Bangla border in
2016-17. On the other hand, the Indo-Myanmar border has been witnessing
steady rise in insurgent activities during the period with as
many as 206 encounters reported between militants and security
personnel spread across four Northeastern States Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. While 18 security personnel lost
their lives, 32 insurgents were killed in these encounters. A
total 337 rebels were arrested from the international border in
the four States during this period. Among the four Northeastern
States sharing Myanmar border, maximum number of encounters took
place in Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 81 encounters were reported
in that State where three security personnel and 13 militants
were killed. During this period, 114 suspected insurgents were
arrested. Even in 2017, 13 encounter cases have been reported
till March in Arunachal along the border with Myanmar. Union Minister
Ahir said the Central Government of India in tandem with Northeastern
State Governments has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain
cross-border infiltration. This includes strengthening of border
management, multi-tiered deployment along the international border
and Line of Control, synergizing intelligence flow to check infiltration
and pro-active action against terrorists.
One militant of KYKL, identified as 'captain'
Khwairakpam Ibungo alias Jiten, was arrested by SFs at
Keirao Awang Leikai under Irilbung Police Station in Imphal East
The Central Government of India moved the SC,
against its verdict by which protection to armed forces under
the AFSPA for anti-militancy operation in Manipur has been negated.
Centre is seeking hearing on its curative plea against the verdict.
The SC had delivered a verdict on July 8 last year (2016) giving
the State Police liberty to probe the role of armed forces in
alleged encounter cases in areas where AFSPA is in force. A Bench
comprising Chief Justice JS Hear and Justices DY Chandrachud and
SK Kaul agreed to hear the curative plea in which it has been
alleged that the army and paramilitary forces are combat forces
and there should not be this kind of fetter on them in anti-militancy
operations. The apex court verdict on investigating the role of
armed forces in encounter cases had come on a plea alleging that
armed forces were misusing the protection under AFSPA in Manipur
during anti-militancy operation. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi,
appearing for the Centre, said the apex court verdict gave the
powers to the State Police to probe the role of armed forces in
anti-militancy operation. "This court ought to have appreciated
that the principles of right to self-defence cannot be strictly
applied while dealing with militants and terrorist elements in
a hostile and unstable terrain. "This court ought to have taken
into account the complexity and the reality of the conduct of
military operations and tactics especially while combating terrorists,"
the curative plea said.
Two militants of PREPAK-Pro, identified as 'sergeant
major (finance section)' Salam Sitoljit alias Seven Kumar
alias Seven Star (28) and 'colonel (civil section)' Pebam
Bishorjit alias Tomcha (24), surrendered before CM N Biren
Singh in a solemn surrender programme held at the CM's Secretariat
||SFs arrested two arms dealers,
identified as Suankhan Khual (47) and Dalkhan Lian (38), at Bungmol
village in Chandel District. One M-16 assault rifle, one M-16 magazines,
two mobile phones with two Airtel SIM cards and INR 10,300 were
also recovered from the arrestees. The two arrestees revealed that
they were involved in smuggling of arms to various militant groups
of the State.
||Two abducted persons, identified
as Deputy Ranger of Forest Department Angam Leivon and another one
as Lalal Sitlhou, were released by the abductors in Kangpokpi District.
Angam Leivon was abducted on April 12 and Lalal Sitlhou was abducted
on April 14 by some unidentified abductors.
||Unidentified militants attacked
a convoy of 47 oil tankers and LPG bullet tankers escorted by a
team of CRPF in a place between Kangpokpi and Changoubung. Two oil
tankers were damaged in the attack. Subsequent upon the attack,
oil tanker drivers have launched a cease work strike.
Two militants of KCP -Tamnganba, identified as
Taorem Jamesh Khuman alias Nongdamba (24) and Thounaojam Surjit
alias Mamo (34), were arrested by SFs at Wangjing near
Canteen Lampak under Thoubal Police Station in Thoubal District.
One 9 mm pistol with four live rounds of bullets, four mobile
phones and a wallet containing INR 1570 were also recovered from
the arrested militants.
The Supreme Court asked the Union Government and
State Government to suggest five names each of officials, ex-officials
whom they deem fit are suitable for SIT to be constituted to investigate
into the killings in which judicial inquiries have been conducted.
The Supreme Court was said that operations against militants or
insurgents may be affected if FIRs are lodged against the Army.
The Army also told the apex Court that it cannot be subjected
to FIRs for carrying out anti-militancy operations in insurgency-prone
areas like Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, while alleging local
bias in the judicial inquiries conducted against it in these regions,
which have tarnished its image.
Police arrested four militants of KRA, identified
as 'sergeant major' Demminthang Haokip (38), 'lance corporal'
Sagoulal Baite (30), Hengoulen Haokip alias Haosapa alias Yago
(18) and Thanglanmoi Chongloi alias Calvin (30), from Kangpokpi
District. According to the Police these four militants were involved
in the incident of firing at oil tankers on April 18 at S Golai
located between Kangpokpi and Changoubung along NH-2. Five mobile
handsets and nine SIM cards were also recovered from the arrested
The annual report of the UMHA for 2016-17 revealed
that the security situation in the Northeast had "improved substantially"
during the previous year where insurgency-related incidents decreased
by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015. "The security situation
in the northeastern states, which has remained complex for quite
some time because of diverse demands of ethnic groups and various
militant outfits, improved substantially in 2016.
The number of insurgency-related incidents in
the region decreased by more than 15 per cent compared to 2015,"
the report said. In 2015, while there were 574 insurgency-related
incidents, the corresponding figure in 2016 was 484. The report
also said 2016 witnessed the "lowest number" of insurgency incidents
since 1997. While casualties among SFs in the region declined
from 46 (2015) to 17 (2016), civilian casualties declined in all
states except Assam where it increased from 9 in 2015 to 29 in
2016. The report noted that while Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura
had no insurgency-related violence in 2016, there was considerable
decline in incidents in Meghalaya (44 per cent) and Nagaland (43
per cent) compared to 2015. In 2016, Manipur accounted for about
48 per cent of total violent incidents in the region and Arunachal
Pradesh experienced an increase in violent activities by 38 per
cent, primarily on account of violence by the NSCN-K, the report
stated. In Assam, insurgency-related violence continued to decline
and 2016 witnessed the lowest number of insurgency incidents since
1997, it added. In 2016, Meghalaya witnessed a 44 per cent decline
in the number of violent incidents. While there were 123 incidents
in 2015, the figure declined to 68 in 2016.
The report stated that the number of civilian
casualties decreased by 33 per cent compared to 2015. Further,
while 25 militants were killed in 2015, the figure came down to
15 in 2016. Similarly, only 59 militants were arrested in 2016
compared to 121 in 2015. However, there was no casualty on the
part of security personnel in 2016.
Unidentified assailants exploded a hand grenade
at the residence of Chongeiliu Kabuini (52), the 'pradhan
(village headman)' of Konthoujam Gram Panchayat at Konthoujam
Mamang Kabui in Imphal West District. No one was injured in the
bomb attack. However, parts of the residential gate were damaged
in the explosion.
In a press release, the 'chairman' N Oken of the
KYKL militant, greeted the people of 'WESEA' on the eve of its
23rd 'raising day' (on April 25) and criticised the Hindutva
idea. It also mentioned about the problem of identity crisis of
the different ethnic groups of the area.
Police arrested one KRA-U militant, identified
as Laishram Amujao alias Sunil (38), in Imphal West District.
One 9mm pistol, one magazine and two live rounds were recovered
from the militant. According to the Police, the militant was involved
in the kidnapping of Soibam Dhanabir Singh, a brick field owner,
on February 16.
One militant of ZUF, identified as Th Adum alias
AD Thaison alias Pantigai was arrested by SFs from an undisclosed
location. A Beretta .32 pistol and five live rounds were recovered
from the militant.
The militant group PREPAK celebrated its fourth
'Indian Colonialism Resist Day' and the KYKL militant observed
its '23rd raising day' in some undisclosed locations.
Police and BSF recovered a huge cache of arms
and ammunition during a search operation on the road between Nongpok
Sekmai and Heirok villages in Thoubal District. The recovered
arms and ammunitions include five live lathode shells, 28 live
rounds of 7.62 mm caliber, five live rounds of .38 mm caliber,
and one live round of 5.56 mm caliber, one USA made pistol, five
pieces of safety fuse and 35 detonators.
In a press release, issued by the outfit's 'information
and publicity secretary' H Kamson said that ZUF 'chairman' Jenchui
Kamei and 'finance secretary' Benjamin alias Gaichampou Pamei
were 'expelled from the party for their anti-party activities'
in accordance to a decision of the party's 'central executive
council' adopted on April 5 this year (2017).
SFs recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunitions
from a locked granary, owned by Suantak Lamthianlal Vaiphei (37),
at Heiroklen near Andro in Kangpokpi District. The arms and ammunition
includes two AK-47 assault rifles, one MA-3 assault rifle aka
A-1, one pistol, seven magazines, three camouflage pouches and
215 rounds of ammunition. SFs also arrested the owner of the granary
Suantak Lamthianlal Vaiphei (37) in this connection.
A combined team of Police and AR arrested two
KNA militants, identified as Thoilen Vaiphei (32) and Lelin Vaiphei
(30), during an operation conducted at Kamu Tamnong village of
Senapati District. Three AK rifles and 500 rounds of ammunition
were also recovered from their possession.
Unidentified militants, in an ambush, killed two
locals engaged for transporting water by the BRO, identified as
Lallianmang (40) and Ginlam Khaute, (50), at a place near Behiang
in Churachandpur District along the Indo-Myanmar border. A heavily
armed militant group reportedly waylaid the water tanker in with
IEDs, and fired a volley of bullets on them at around 7.50 am,
local sources said. The tanker was meant for transporting water
meant for the Indian army posted at the border village.
Unidentified militants triggered a low intensity
IED near the temporary BSF post at Nongren Chenjel under Lamlai
Police Station in Imphal East District. No one was injured in
Suspected militants attacked a convoy of oil tankers
moving from Dimapur to Imphal along the Manipur section of National
Highway near Kangpokpi town in Kangpokpi District. Three oil tankers
were hit by bullets in the attack and two drivers, identified
as Raju Karki (34) and Tulsi Poudial (36), sustained injuries
in the attack. This is the second attack on oil tankers convoy
after the April 18 attack in this month (April, 2017).
An unidentified truck driver and his helper were
abducted and latter released by suspected KNF-P militants at some
undisclosed location somewhere in between Keithelmanbi of Imphal
West District and Sapermeina of Senapati District.
SFs arrested another militant belonging to PREPAK-Pro,
identified as Kangabam Nanao Meitei alias Khalemba (22),
from Phubala Bazar in Bishnupur District. One 9mm pistol with
magazine loaded with two live rounds was also recovered from his
One militant of KCP-P, identified as Oinam Manitomba
Singh alias Thoiba (37), was arrested by the SFs at Heingang
Mayai Leikai in Imphal East District.
Two suspected militants of Kuki militant group,
identified as Satkholhun Haokip (35) and Ngamlet Haokip (41),
were killed by suspected rival faction near Boljang village in
Kangpokpi District. Earlier, on the same day (May 5) three persons,
including these two were abducted by the suspected rival faction.
The third one is still missing and he was identified as Jangkholun.
The Police have not confirmed the name of the involved militant
groups so far.
A firing incident between the troopers of AR and
militants from suspected TPLA occurred in Kangpokpi District.
However, no casualty from either side was reported so far.
The KNO/ KRA alleged that the KNF-P was responsible
for the killing of their two cadres on May 5 near Boljang village
in Kangpokpi District and asked KNF-P to clarify why the two cadres
were killed. Earlier, the involvement of the militant groups for
the killing incident was not clear.
Two personnel of the 165th Territorial Army Battalion,
identified as Arjun Baral and Vareisho Hungyo, were killed and
another two sustain serious injury after suspected MPA [armed
wing of UNLF] triggered an IED at Lokchoa area in Tengnoupal District.
The injured personnel were identified as Toijam Chandra and Y
A brief gun fight broke out between SFs and suspected
cadres of the ZUF at Chingkhonglung under Tousem Police Station
in Tamenglong District. However no casualty from either side has
been reported so far.
In a statement, the militant group, KNF-P, responded
to the allegation of killing of two militants from KRA and said
that they killed the two militants on May 5 because 'they had
become inimical' to their organisation. Further, the militant
group claimed that their organization's name is KNF, but not KNF-P.
CM N. Biren Singh vowed to hunt down the militants
who ambushed and killed two soldiers on May 8 in an area bordering
Myanmar. Further, Singh also stated that with a view to enable
prompt response to any law and order problem, an operational unit
comprising of representatives of all security agencies would be
opened within a week.
The State Government signed a MoU with the JACAATB
in Churachandpur District. CM N Biren Singh also said that his
Government would fulfill the promises of MoU by May 25. After
the MoU, the families will be able to arrange proper burial of
the eight persons, who were killed during the agitation. The bodies
of the eight men, killed in Police firing during a protest in
2015 against three anti-migrant Bills introduced by the State
Government, have been lying in the morgue for over 600 days. Violent
protests broke out in Churachandpur District when the Assembly
passed three bills - Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill, Manipur
Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur
Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bills on August 31,
2015. According to the MoU, officials said, the government has
agreed to compensate the families of those who died in the protests
on August 31, 2015 set up a memorial in Churachandpur town take
in to account tribal opinion in all future action and, investigate
the deaths of the protesters. Further it added that the government
"shall extend all possible help and cooperation in the tripartite
talks with SoO groups (insurgent groups who have a suspension
of operation agreement with the Centre) where various other issues
and interests of indigenous tribal people of Manipur will be protected".
UNLF claimed that it was their 'armed wing' MPA
which attacked troops of 165 Battalion Territorial Army at Lokchao
along Imphal-Moreh highway in Tegnoupal District on May 8 which
killed two TA personnel. A press release issued by the outfit's
'department of publicity' 'director' M Sakhen said that the attack
was a part of the UNLF's continuous liberation movement. Informing
that the attack was carried out by a small team of MPA, the outfit
conveyed regret for the Manipuri natives who were killed and injured
in the attack.
A Supreme Court lawyer appearing for a 21-year-old
man who was allegedly murdered by Manipur CM N. Biren Singh's
son has written a letter to the Union home secretary alleging
that he received a message from militant groups asking him to
drop the case. In March 2011, Biren Singh's son, N. Ajay, was
accused of shooting Irom Roger after an altercation on Holi
festival near Imphal's Tulihal airport. The lawyer alleged that
he was threatened by a person who claimed to be connected with
PLA and NSCN-IM.
One unidentified passenger of an Indigo flight
bound for Guwahati from Imphal Tulihal Airport was detained by
the SFs for carrying a bullet of 9 mm caliber inside his luggage.
The UMHA communicated to the UNC and declared
that the tripartite talk involving the UNC, State Government of
Manipur and Central Government of India will be held on May 19
at Senapati Town on the District creation issue.
In connection with the different cases taken
up against KCP-Poirei Meitei by NIA for extortion, bomb attack,
abduction for ransom and others, the investigation agency interrogated
a former Director of JNIMS and a reporter of an evening newspaper
Altogether five militants belonging to different
militant groups were arrested by Police in three separate operations.
In the first incident, one militant of KCP-MC (Progressive), identified
as Okram Ojit alias Naobi (21) was arrested during a search operation,
near Sawombung oil pump in Imphal East District. Acting on the
disclosure of the arrested militant, two other cadres of the same
militant group, identified as Asem Romen alias Uttam alias Rame
(33) and his wife Salam Ayingbi (30) were also arrested from their
residence at Wairi Bamon Pareng in Kakching District. One 9 mm
pistol with two live rounds, four extortion notes and two mobile
phones with SIM cards were recovered from their possession.
In another operation, a PREPAK cadre, identified
as Mayengbam Sanathoi alias Leiramba (21) was arrested
by Police from Keirao bridge in Imphal East District.
Further, Police arrested one MNRF militant identified
as Khuishang Hungyo (29) from Nagaram in Imphal West District.
A team of the NIA visited the residence of the
arrested 'c-in-c' of the proscribed KCP-Poirei Meitei, Khoirom
Ranjit at Yairipok Laimanai, Thoubal District as part of the ongoing
investigation into different cases registered against the 'c-in-c'
and the militant group.
Reviewing the security situation in the Northeast
with chief secretaries and DGPs of the region in New Delhi, Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh described religious radicalisation
as a serious security threat and said if not checked in time;
it could lead to terrorism. He also expressed concern over the
proliferation of illegal arms in the region and asked the Police
chiefs to launch organised campaigns against arms smugglers.
States in the Northeast have asked the UMHA to
step up the presence of central intelligence and security forces
in five contiguous Districts in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland
adjoining Myanmar. These Districts, they said, have emerged as
the hub of the last remaining militants in the region. "We have
apprised the home minister of the security situation in the northeast
and informed him that all militant activities are being controlled
from Arunachal's Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts, and
Nagaland's Mon and Tuensang Districts," said a top security official
who participated in the northeast security review meeting by Union
home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. "We requested him to
increase the presence of central intelligence agencies and security
forces in these districts," the official added. According to the
UMHA report at the review meeting, the security situation in Arunachal
Pradesh (the three districts) and Manipur remains a subject of
concern, though relatively less than it has been in the past.
These five districts also border as many Districts of Assam on
the other side, including Tinsukia District, where the ULFA-I
is active and has been carrying out strikes jointly with Meitei
outfits of Manipur. "The biggest advantage of these five districts
is their proximity to the NSCN-K-controlled areas of Myanmar and
their highly difficult terrain, which makes patrolling a difficult
task for security agencies," the official said.
The North Eastern States which share international
borders with Myanmar have collectively urged the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs to take up the controversies surrounding the international
boundary with the Ministry of External Affairs for early resolution.
The North Eastern States raised the issue during a convention
of Chief Secretaries and DGPs with Union Home Minister Rajnath
Singh. Officials who attended the meeting also mentioned about
intrusion into Haollenphai of Manipur and confiscation of saw
mill components by Myanmarese Army.
SFs arrested one militant of KCP-MC, identified
as Ningombam Birjit Singh alias Ibungo (44), from Chingmeirong
in Imphal West District. According to the SFs he was involved
in several extortion cases.
An IED planted by unknown person exploded near
Galngam Lentol ground in Moreh Town of Tengnoupal District along
the Indo-Myanmar border. However, there was no casualty in the
In a statement, the JAC-AATB emphasised their
demand for the provision of Sixth Schedule in the Hill Districts
of the State. By the statement, the organisation reacted against
the statement of the UCM where they said that the "implementation
of Sixth Schedule would result in the disintegration of the State".
The JAC-AATB said that implementation of Sixth Schedule provisions
in the Hill Districts of the State is the 'minimum point of convergence
of both tribal and Meitei interests'.
The NIA recorded the statement of three prosecution
witnesses including two women and a restaurant owner as a follow-up
investigation of the different cases taken up against the arrested
'c-in-c' of KCP-Poirei Meitei Khoirom Ranjit for extortion, bomb
attack, kidnapping for ransom and others.
A hand grenade, lobbed by some unidentified assailants,
exploded at the residential gate of one Wahengbam Gopal (56) of
Chingamakha Liwa Lambi of Ningthoujam Leikai under Singjamei Police
station in Imphal West District. However, there is no report of
KNF-N observed its 'raising day' in Kangpokpi
District. On the occasion, the militant's 'information and publicity
secretary' Gogou Vaiphei said that the 'vision' of the group was
creating a State within the framework of the Constitution of India.
CM N Biren Singh who met Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh regarding different issues of the State, reminded
him that PM Narendra Modi had agreed in principle to the request
of the State Government to set up five new IRB battalions and
urged him to take the matter up for discussion at the Union Cabinet
meeting. The five IRB battalions are to be primarily used for
providing security on the NHs which connect the State with the
rest of the country.
During a security operation, Police arrested one
unidentified militant of NSCN-IM from Imphal East District.
Four Imphal East District Police commando personnel
including a Sub-Inspector were wounded when unidentified militants
triggered a powerful IED on a Road Opening Party team along Khudengthabi-Kwatha
road under Moreh Police Station in Tengnoupal District. The injured
commando personnel were identified as Sub-Inspector Lalmin- thang
Hmangte (33), Constable Ak Martinstar, Sarungbam Gaurahari (28)
and Naorem Biswanath (31).
The second round of tripartite talks between
GoI, Manipur Government and UNC was held at Senapati District.
Besides deliberating on several issues, the tripartite meeting
also came out with a four-point agreement primarily focussed on
UNC's core demand- to roll back the decision of creation of seven
new districts. In the meeting, the UNC demanded from the State
Government of Manipur representatives to put "in abeyance" the
new district creation order.
Two bombs were exploded by unidentified militants
in Moreh Town of Tengnoupal District. The first blast took place
at the perimeter wall of the Police Station in the town and the
second blast was reported from Gamnom Veng area of the town. However,
no casualty was reported.
A woman laborer, identified as Arambam Shanti
Devi (47), was killed by some assailants coming on a motorcycle
at Premnagar of Ward No 4, Moreh in Tengnoupal District. However,
the involvement of any militant group is not yet confirmed and
investigation is still going on.
Manipur CM N. Biren Singh asserted that his Government
supported the Indo-Naga peace process and urged the people to
'stay together'. CM Biren Singh made the statement while addressing
the inaugural programme of two-day Barak Spring Festival at Senapati
town organized by NPO.
Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) said that any move to
withdraw or alter the newly created districts in the state 'would
be opposed tooth and nail'. In the statement, KIM further said
that cease-fire between the Government of India and Naga underground
in 1964 was extended only to Tamenglong District, Ukhrul District
and Mao sub-division which alone were considered to be predominantly
Naga inhabited areas. The statement added that any settlement
in solution with the Nagas alone can never solve the political
problems of Manipur without solving the 'Kuki issues first'.
CM N Biren Singh said that the recent series of
violent incidents in State's border town Moreh in Tegnoupal District
may be a deliberate attempt to sabotage the implementation of
Act East Policy. The town at the Indo-Myanmar border was hit by
a series of violent incidents in the recent past. After a series
of bomb blasts, a woman was killed in a shootout by two unknown
miscreants on May 22 near the international border gate 2. "The
series of violent incidents (happening in Moreh and NH-102) may
be related with an intentional attempt to sabotage the Act East
Policy," said CM Biren Singh.
A public meeting to deliberate on the topic 'Likely
impact on integrity of Manipur due to the ongoing dialogue between
the Government of India and the NSCN-IM' was held at the multi-purpose
hall of Yairipok Laimanai in Imphal East District. The 'general
secretary' of UCM Y Dhiren, AMSU 'president' Manjit Sarangthem,
Human Rights Initiative, Manipur 'president' Y Ratan, UPF 'vice
president' Wareppa Sekend and Federation Clubs of Yairipok advisor
Ibotombi Khumancha attended the meeting as presidium members.
The last rites of the eight youths killed during
the anti-ILP bill agitations in Churachandpur District in September
2015 were performed. Thousands of people paid homage to the 'tribal
martyrs' before the bodies were buried at old helipad near Khuga
Dam in Churachandpur Town.
In a statement, the CorCom, a conglomerate of
four Valley-based militant outfits, has expressed its solidarity
with the Kashmiri people and 'condemned the excesses' of the Security
Personnel 'against the civilians' of Kashmir and 'WESEA (Western
South East Asia- a term used by militants of the region to indicate
the North East India) region'. CorCom in its statement also stated
that it supported the movement for Kashmiri people to decide the
future status of their 'homeland'.
Strongly reacting to the stand of the Kuki Inpi,
Manipur that it would oppose any move to withdraw or alter the
newly created Districts, the NSCN-IM said that it was "extremely
provocative which is completely baseless, hollow and an antithesis
to the historical facts of the Nagas".
SFs arrested one militant of KYKL, identified
as 'sergeant major' Recky Thoudam (32), from Thounaojam of Wabagai
in Thoubal District. In the interrogation the militant revealed
that he was directed to carry out IED blasts targeting security
forces and was accompanied by five CorCom cadres.
In a press release, KIM, the apex body of the
Kuki community in the State, has expressed its discontentment
over the alleged statement of Manipur CM N Biren Singh terming
the SoO agreement a "failure". A tripartite SoO currently in operation
between the GoI, Government of Manipur and the Kuki militant groups
under the umbrella of the UPF and the KNO. The KIM said that Kuki
armed groups under SoO have not been "engaged in any ambush or
killing against security forces after signing the SoO agreement."
However, it lamented that "no remarkable political solution has
been achieved for the Kukis because of signing the SoO pact."
The KNF-N has held captive the alleged 'c-in-c'
of KTU, identified as Khaipao Haokip, in Kangpokpi District. Informing
about the incident, the KNF-N alleged that KTU is a puppet of
NSCN-IM and it has been 'utilized by NSCN-IM solely to weaken
the political movements of Kukis'. An unidentified cadre of NSCN-IM
was also over powered along with Khaipao but he was released unharmed
on the same day.
SFs arrested three persons, identified as Khaiginlal
Haokip (34), Jangkhokhohao (40) and Simon Gurung (31), for carrying
ammunitions at Kangvai area in Churachandpur District. SFs recovered
2780 rounds of AK rifle ammunition from their possession.
The village chief of the village where the KTU
'chief' was abducted yesterday (on May 29), informed that, nine
cadres of NSCN-IM entered the village and warned the villagers
of 'dire consequences' if the KTU 'c-in-c' Khaipao Haokip has
been not released.
The Manipur State Cabinet resolved to enact the
legislation, declaring all forms of strikes and blockades illegal,
for fixing responsibility against the sponsors and organizers
of strikes and blockades for causing public inconvenience and
damage to properties. The cabinet also considered enacting the
law with provisions of recovery of cost of all damages to properties,
from the sponsors and organizers. Such a law will have provisions
to deny persons, involved in calling a strike or blockade, from
getting government jobs and benefits under the government schemes
in addition to criminal proceedings.
One militant of KUFO, identified as Seikham Chongloi
(49), was arrested by Indian Army personnel from Saikul Bazaar
area in Kangpokpi District. One country made 9 mm pistol, one
magazine of 9 mm pistol, two live rounds and two handsets were
also recovered from the arrested militant. According to the sources
he was involved in several extortion cases.
The 'c-in-c' of KTU, identified as Khaipao Haokip,
who was abducted by KNF-N, died reportedly due to a stroke/heart
attack at the Daitwi Camp of KNF-N in Kangpokpi District. Informing
the incident, 'president' of KNF-N Dr Napoleon Kremlin claimed
that the deceased KTU leader was given the best treatment considering
his age and physical weakness in the camp. In the statement, repeating
about the allegation of relationship between NSCN-IM and KTU,
KNF-N said," KTU and NSCN-IM have an agreement that a Kuki Union
territory shall be given if the Nagas demand is fulfilled".
Police arrested one militant of ZRA, identified
as Thangzangam alias Jeff (32), at Phaibatang camp in Churachandpur
District. Police source said that the said cadre is involved in
assaulting a BSF constable on May 24 evening at New Lamka in Churachandpur
Speaking to media persons, surrendered militants
of the State said that they have not been provided the promised
stipends as well as the onetime payment that they are supposed
to get after three years and threatened that they would launch
agitations besides taking help of the law court if the Government
fails to fulfill the promises. Earlier on July 19 of 2012 surrendered
73 militants of different militant groups and were promised for
onetime payment after 3 years and regular monthly honorarium by
the government in the presence of the then Chief Minister Okram
Ibobi Singh and the then Home Minister Gaikhangam.
The UMHA has said that there has been a sharp
decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces
in the Northeast in the last three years. As per data available
with the UMHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as
compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013. It further noted that
the number of abductions have come down from 329 in 2012 and 307
in 2013 to 168 in 2016. Only 28 such cases were registered till
March this year. However, the number of security personnel killed
in Manipur shows an upward trend with 24 being killed in 2015
and 11 in 2016 as compared to 8 and 5 deaths in 2012 and 2013,
The NDFB-IKS suffered a setback with more than
900 cadres being arrested and nearly 55 being killed in security
operations, according to the UMHA note. The number of such incidents
in Assam jumped to 50 in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2013, the UMHA
The number of militants surrendering saw a decline
with 267 such surrenders taking place in 2016 as compared to 1,161
in 2012, as per official data. Arms recovery was not significant
despite a crackdown as 698 arms were recovered in 2016 as compared
to 1,856 in 2012.
As many as 1,202 militants were arrested in 2016
as compared to 2,145 in 2012. Of this, the highest number of arrests
in 2016 has been made in Manipur (518) and Assam (366) while maximum
abduction cases were reported from Nagaland (51) and Meghalaya
A bomb wrapped in brown paper was recovered in
the frontal side of a hardware shop owned by Sangi Gun, at Sugunu
Lamkhai under Sugnu Police Station in Kakching District. Later
the bomb disposal squad of Police safely detonated the bomb. No
organisation has so far claimed responsibility of the bomb.
In a press release, the NSCN/GPRN alleged the
death of 'c-in-c' of KTU Khaipao Haokip as 'coldblooded killing'
by KNF-N and threatened that "the murder of Khailun Haokip by
KNF-N will be befittingly responded". Earlier the deceased person
was abducted by the KNF-N from Shijang Kuki village for having
close affiliation with NSCN-IM.
In a statement, the KIM said that the 'concerted
propaganda' made by NSCN-IM that the Kukis are nomadic and refugees
is nothing but 'a shallow and cheap attempt' to distort history
of the Kukis which will not serve any purpose. The statement also
asserted that NSCN-IM's 'greed for land of Kukis' is 'unjustifiable'.
A probe team, headed by Additional Director-General
of Police Pramod Asthana was constituted by the State Government,
to investigate the recent violence in Manipur's border township
of Moreh and its surrounding areas.
Three AR personnel were injured in a bomb attack
at Bongjang near Manipur's border township of Moreh in Tengnoupal
District. The incident happened as a powerful bomb suspected to
be an IED exploded when a team of AR personnel on ROP, passed
an area along the Imphal-Moreh road, about 95 kilometers from
Imphal around 2.15 pm (June 3). The injured personnel identified
as Subedar Sher Ram, Riflemen Sachin and Basumatary.
UHM Rajnath Singh said that year 2016 witnessed
the lowest number of insurgency-related incidents in last 20 years.
"The year 2016 witnessed the lowest insurgency incidents in last
20 years. Such incidents reduced from 824 in 2014 to 484 in 2016.
The number of incidents was 574 in 2015, which was the lowest
since 1997, and further reduced in 2016. The number of civilian
casualties in Northeast has also come down drastically in the
last three years," said UHM Singh in New Delhi. "Sustained security
initiatives during the last three years have brought peace and
stability to the North-eastern region of the country after decades
of insurgency," Singh added.
The KTU and NSCN-IM sent a condolence message
for the deceased leader of KTU Khailun Haokip and alleged that
he was abducted on May 28 and killed on June 1 by KNF-N.
In a statement issued to the press, the RPF militant
claimed the responsibility for the bomb attack at a place in between
H Mongjang and S Khudengthabi of Tengnoupal District in which
three AR personnel were injured on May 3.
Reacting to a statement of NSCN-IM, the KSO criticised
NSCN-IM for giving 'refugee tag' to Kukis and alleged that NSCN-IM
has 'a deep seated conspiracy to cheat the Kukis'.
One militant of NSCN-K, identified as 'major'
Gaithalung Thaimei (30), was killed in an encounter with the Indian
Army at Gaijianglong village in Noney District. A sophisticated
M-16 assault rifle and 11 rounds along with a mobile handset were
also recovered from the possession of the dead militant.
Police arrested one militant of UNLF, identified
as Warepam Milan alias Tayai (30), from Pishumthong area
in Imphal West District.
||SFs arrested one militant
of KCP-Poirei Lup, identified as Longjam Bijando Singh (48), Yairipok
Kekru Mathak Leikai area in Thoubal District. SFs also arrested
two women, identified as Longjam (o) Debala Devi (41) and Khadangbam
(o) Sanatombi Devi (45), along with the militant. According to the
Police they were involved in concealing one AK assault rifle and
One civilian, identified as Rakesh Waikhom (38),
injured when a low intensity explosive, suspected to be an IED,
exploded in front of a pharmacy owned by Ajay Kumar Jain (43)
located at Kasturi bridge of Thangal bazar in Imphal West District.
No militant group has claimed responsibility of the blast so far.
Chinese agencies are trying to launch a proxy
war with India by using the militant groups of the North East
region and some of these plans came to light after a militant
leader of ULFA-I, named Ron Asom surrendered recently. Police
sources further said that the inputs available with the security
agencies indicate that the major militant groups of the region
came into a common platform only after pressure from the Chinese
agencies and now they have started operating together.
The 'general secretary' cum 'c-in-c' of KLO/KLA,
identified as Letkhosei Haokip alias Timothy alias Seiboi (40),
was shot dead by unidentified gunmen suspected to be cadres of
a rival militant faction at Thanganphai village area under Saikul
Police Station in Kangpokpi District. Meanwhile, UPF, one of the
two umbrella organisations of Kuki militant groups strongly condemned
the killing in a press release.
Police busted a country made 'gun manufacturing
unit' at Langol Games Village under Lamphel Police Station in
Imphal West District. Police also recovered two country made pistols,
equipment and tools used in making country made pistols, 97 'demand
letters' of "Terrorist Revolutionary Army", a receipt book containing
100 leaflets and four empty cases from the place. The person,
identified as Yangkhothang Haokip (28), who was involved in the
manufacturing of guns was also arrested by the Police.
PREPAK claimed the responsibility of the bomb
blast at Mahavir Medicos owned by Ajay Kumar Jain (43) near Kasturi
SFs arrested an 'over ground worker' of the PLA
militant, identified as Koijam Warji (47), at Thongju area in
Imphal East District.
SFs arrested the proprietor of H&B Enterprises,
named Thoudam Hemchandra Singh alias Itomba, of Lairikyengbam
Makha Leikai in Imphal East District for his involvement in transaction
of money on behalf of the KCP-Progressive.
SFs arrested a militant of MNRF, identified as
Ningkhanngam alias Aboi Raihing (37), during cordon and
search operation conducted at Khurai Chairenthong in Imphal East
Police arrested a militant of UNLF, identified
as Moirangthem Champion Singh (21), near Moirangkhom Moreh Parking
in Imphal West District.
||SFs arrested the 'public
relation officer' of KNF, identified as Letkhoson alias Soson
(42), in Kangpokpi District. According to the Police, he was involved
in the incident of the killing of two KRA militants on May 5. SFs
also recovered one .22 revolver with six live rounds and two mobile
phones from the arrested militant.
Three IEDs were recovered, which were planted
near a show room of an automobile company at Mantripukhri area
in Imphal West District. All the three IEDs were safely retrieved
and detonated at a safe place by Police. According to the Police
the planting of the IEDs could be related to monetary demands
by militant groups.
Khango Konyak, who is the new 'chairman' of the
NSCN-K, is likely to be the head of the UNLFW, which is an umbrella
organisation of the militant groups of North East. Earlier it
was expected that Paresh Baruah, the 'chief' of ULFA-I might be
the head of the UNLFW. But dismissing speculations about his taking
over charge of the UNLFW, Paresh Barua has backed the idea of
'next-generation leaders' coming forward to take charge after
the demise of NSCN-K 'chief' SS Khaplang.
SFs, in a search operation, arrested one militant
of UNLF, identified as 'corporal' Nameirakpam Ibungo alias Torbot
alias Abung Singh (33), from Nungbrang Mayai Leikai in
Imphal East District.
||SFs arrested one militant
of PREPAK, identified as Sagolsem Noyon Singh (52), at Bamon Kampu
Makha Leikai in Imphal East District.
||Suspected militants of NSCN-IM
had beaten to death one person, identified as Romeo Shally (28),
in Ukhrul District, on the 'charges' of raping a woman, who the
locals claimed was his girlfriend.
An AR Havildar, identified as Luhit Gogoi, was
killed while four others sustained injury in IED bomb attack by
unidentified militants in Kamjong District bordering Myanmar.
After the killing incident of a civilian, Romeo
Shally on June 14, a protest erupted against the NSCN-IM militants
and militants opened fire on the protesters, where another civilian,
identified as Chingripam Lungleng (25), was killed.
Police arrested two militants of UTLA, identified
as Lunkhopao Haokip alias Papao (37) and P Minthang Singson, at
a hotel near Jiribam Bazar in Jiribam District. On their revelation,
another militant of the same group, identified as Tingkhohoi Haokip
alias Kangnu (45), was also arrested in the Jiribam District.
Police recovered one mobile phone and one packet of heroin powder
weighing 15 grams from the militant. Police said that, during
the preliminary investigation the arrested militants revealed
that they were actively involved in smuggling of drugs and heroin
powder from Myanmar to Manipur.
A Chinese made hand grenade was recovered at the
residential gate of Zilla Parishad Up-Adhyaksha (Deputy President
of District Council) Amom Brojen at Wangoo Naodakhong in Bishnupur
District. After recovering the grenade, it was retrieved safely
by the bomb disposal squad of Police.
The RPF militant claimed its hands in the Kasung
attack against 17 AR on June 15 as well as against 12 AR at Khudengthabi
on June 3 and said that its 'armed wing' PLA carried out the attacks.
||A Chinese-made hand grenade
was recovered in front of the gate of the resident of Mohammad Sakhir
(33) at Sekmaijin in Imphal West District. The grenade was retrieved
safely by a Police team. According to the Police the act was an
extortion related threat. However, no militant group has claimed
responsibility of the incident so far.
||The 12-hour 'total shutdown'
imposed by the UNC in 'Naga territories' of Manipur ended peacefully
without stray incidents.
Police arrested one militant of KNA, identified
as Cliff Kailun Haokip (34), in Imphal West District. Police recovered
four money demand notes of KNA from the arrested militant.
One militant of KCP-Lamphel, identified as 'commander'
Soraisam Modhuchandra Singh alias SM Meitei (45), surrendered
before CM N.Biren Singh along with two 9mm pistols with two magazines
and nine live rounds at a function at the Chief Minister's Secretariat
Condemning the recent killing of two civilians
(on June 14 and 15) by NSCN-IM in Ukhrul District the MCPM said
that the NSCN-IM has no legal sanction to open camps on the soil
of Manipur. The MCPM also asked the State Government to take up
action for demolition of its camps in existence in the State,
adding that the MCPM will on its own lead a campaign to evict
the NSCN-IM's camps from the state from October 1, 2017.
A one month's time frame to hold tripartite talks
on the district creation issue involving the Manipur Government,
UNC, and Central Government of India lapsed. According to sources,
the tripartite talks could not be held due to some 'unavoidable
reasons'. However, the talks are likely to take place within this
One militant of KCP, identified as Aribam Rikesh
Sharma alias Tingku (24), was arrested by Police in Imphal West
District. One .32 pistol along with two live rounds, four contact
notes of KCP (People's War Group) militant, one ID card and a
mobile phone were recovered from the arrested militant.
Accusing the Central Government of India and
the State Government of 'betraying' the Kuki people by violating
the SoO pact as well as the ongoing tripartite talks with the
groups in the SoO pact by arresting 26 cadres of KNF, the Kuki
community in Kangpokpi District under the aegis of Kuki Inpi and
other civil society organizations demanded the Government to release
the arrested KNF cadres and withdraw all charges against its leaders.
Police arrested one militant of KCP, identified
as Gurumayum Basanta alias Munda Sharma (36), from Brahmapur
Nahabam under Porompat Police Station in Imphal East District.
One 9 mm pistol loaded with five live rounds was also recovered
from the arrested militant.
A militant of UNLF, identified as 'lieutenant'
Narungbam Prameswor Singh alias Pari (42), was arrested
by the Police from Yaiskul Police Lane in Imphal East District.
A bullet riddled dead body with hands tied on
the back was recovered at a road side in between Khabi Keithel
and Parengtong Village under Machi Police Station in Tengnoupal
District. The deceased has been identified as T.Angson (36). He
was abducted by two unidentified masked man one day before (on
June 22). However, involvement of any militant group is not yet
clear and investigation of Police is still going on.
Suspected militants killed the President of HSO
named Letkholal Haokip (40) outside his house at Langol in Imphal
West District. He was shot dead from a close range and the attacker
who came in a car managed to escape. So far no militant group
has claimed responsibility for the attack. Fearing a students'
agitation, Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the killers.
A woman cadre of PREPAK-Pro, identified as 'lieutenant'
Longjam Ongbi Malem alias Thoibi (33), was arrested by
the Police from Khuyathong bus parking in Imphal West District.
In a statement, the UNC expressed its 'anxiety'
over the delay in holding the tripartite talks on the district
creation issue, which was scheduled to be held on last week. The
UNC said, "If the delaying tactics or buying-time tactics are
played out by the government then we are not going to take it
Four dead bodies, suspected to be cadres belonging
to the HPC-D, were fished out from Barak River near Jiribam and
Palarbond of Silchar. Two bodies were recovered from Barak River
from Assam side on June 27 and another two bodies fished out from
Manipur side of the river on June 28. It is suspected that the
bodies were those cadres of the HPC-D who had reportedly robbed
doctors and nurses at Sivapukar Primary Health Centre in Pherzawl
District on the intervening night of June 21 and 22. Later on,
the HPC-D at Sinlung designated camp reportedly shot dead some
of its cadres believed to have been involved in the Sivapukar
robbery incident as punishment and threw their lifeless corpses
into the Barak River.
A Chinese-made grenade was lobbed and exploded
by suspected militants in front of a shop selling two-wheelers
near Khuyathong area in Imphal West District. No one was injured
in the explosion, but the incident triggered panic in the capital
The 'vice chairman' of UNLF militant of Manipur,
named Sir Ayekpam Wangpa alias Tomba alias Tona
(61), died at a hospital in Myanmar. He died in a Yangon hospital
due to kidney failure and other health issues.
A source from the UNC revealed that the tripartite
talks involving the UNC, the Government of Manipur and the Central
Government of India on the district creation issue will be held
on July 10 at Ukhrul District headquarter.
The Police forces of various States of the Northeast
Indian region may soon coalesce under an umbrella organisation
to improve coordination and efficiency. A suggestion in this regard
was reportedly made by Assam's DGP, Mukesh Sahay, at the 24th
conference of DGs and IGs of Police of the Northeast region held
in Guwahati on June 29. It was attended by Satyendra Garg, a Joint
Secretary (Northeast) in the UMHA. Sahay said if the militants
can have an umbrella organisation, the Police too can have it.
He said it would ensure better coordination among the Police forces
of the Northeast region. "Like one nation one tax, we can have
one NE one NE police. We need to work on making this concept,
encouraged by the Prime Minister, possible. We are eagerly looking
forward to your recommendations on Nepol," Assam Chief Secretary
Vinod Kumar Pipersenia said. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and DGP
Mukesh Sahay also seconded the idea of 'Nepol'.
One AR trooper, identified as Biju Surupawal (30),
was killed and two others were injured in an IED blast at a check
post at Lambui village on the Imphal-Ukhrul road in Ukhrul District.
The injured troopers were identified as Yash Pal (37) and Niran
Ranjan (35). No militant group has claimed the responsibility
of the blast so far.
SFs arrested one militant of KCP, identified as
Leitam Keni Singh alias Ibungo (33), from Koirengei near
forest gate in Imphal East District. Incriminating articles were
recovered from the militant. According to the Police he was involved
in extortion of huge amount of money from schools located at Pangei
Police recovered one 9 mm pistol with two magazines
from two 'gang members' at Ningombam Sabaltongba Lamkhai in Thoubal
In a joint statement, the PLA/ RPF and MNPF claimed
the responsibility of the IED attack that killed a jawan
(trooper) of the AR and injured to two others on June 30 near
Lambui village of Ukhrul District.
Imphal West Police arrested the prime suspect
in the murder of President of HSO, identified as Solomon Baite
(38). Talking with the media persons, Police informed that the
accused has admitted to shooting the victim, Letkholal alias Palal
Haokip (37) at Langol Game village on June 23. But they said that
the investigation was at an early stage and refused to divulge
The proposed State-wide indefinite strike of
KSO from July 4 midnight has been called off following the arrest
of the killer of student leader Lenkholal alias Palal Haokip (37).
Four militants of RPF/PLA, identified as L Jiteshwor
(51), Asem Brojendro (49), Konthoujam Indramani (47) and Mayangbam
Gopal (55), were arrested by SFs in an area near Khudengthabi
in Tengnoupal District.
SF arrested one militant of UNLF, identified as
'sergeant' Konthoujam Romesh Meitei alias Thoi alias
Kumbala (31), from Wangmataba area in Thoubal District.
One militant of KCP-N, identified as Khaidem Naoba
Meitei alias Telheiba alias Padaba (15), was arrested
by SF at Sagoltongba area in Imphal West District.
The next round of proposed tripartite talk will
be held at the political level with the UNC on July 10 in Ukhrul
District. The Agriculture Minister V Hangkhanlian will lead the
State delegates in the meeting. The State Government has also
invited Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint Secretary (North East
in-charge) Satyendra Garg to the tripartite talk. After two rounds
of tripartite talk involving the State Government, UNC and the
Centre were held at Delhi and Senapati, it was agreed that the
third round would be held at the political level.
SFs arrested two militants of
KCP- Lamyanba Khuman, identified as Thoudam Premkumar Singh alias
Manao alias Ta Manao (30) and Mohammad Manir Khan alias
Monir (30), from Wangoi Shantipur area in Imphal West District.
One .32 mm pistol along with one magazine and five live rounds,
one Chinese hand grenade along with detonator were also recovered
SFs arrested two militants of
KNA-I, identified as Seiboi Vaiphei (36) and Sanglian Neisial
(43), from Langol Games village in Imphal West District.
Police arrested one woman cadre
of UNLF, identified as Mutum Sumila Chanu alias Ichan alias
Leishembi (29), from Warukok Awang Leikai in Thoubal District.
One Indian Army jawan (trooper),
identified as Moirangthem Herachandra Singh (37), was found shot
to death at Nachou Kwak Siphai in Bishnupur District. Unidentified
assailants killed the Army personal and dumped his body in a canal.
No militant group has claimed the responsibility of the killing
One civilian, identified as Ranjan
Das (42), was shot dead by some unidentified assailants at his
residence at Chhata Bekra village in Jiribam District. Investigation
is going on and no militant groups have claimed the responsibility
Police, in a search operation,
arrested one militant of KCP-N, identified as ‘lance corporal’
Hidam Aboy alias Atappa (24), at Sawombung forest gate
under Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East District.
In a statement, the militant group-
UTLA, claimed the responsibility of killing one civilian named
Ranjan Das (45) in Jiribam District on July 10. In the statement
UTLA alleged the person as an informer of AR.
In a statement, the UNC alleged
that "a party engaged in the tripartite talks is intentionally
trying to sabotage the ongoing dialogue on district creation issue"
and informed the Naga people in Manipur “to remain alert to face
The NIA arrested one Rabichand
Siaram from Uripok in Imphal West District, in a case related
to the killing of former ‘chairman’ of the PREPAK militant. According
to the NIA official, accused Rabichand Siaram was arrested for
his alleged involvement in carrying and delivering arms to the
accused who allegedly killed Ningombam Sanjit Singh, ‘ex-chairman’
of PREPAK and his driver Leishangthem Sanjit Singh on the intervening
night of June 21 and 22, 2016 at Manipur Rifles, Khabeisoi. The
official said that during investigation, it was revealed that
one of the absconding accused, Urikhinbham Budhichandra, ‘publicity
secretary’ of PREPAK, had sent the weapons to the killers through
one unknown person.
Three IEDs were recovered below
an iron bridge at Chota Bekra area located along Jiribam-Tipaimukh
in Jiribam District. The IED bombs were found by personnel of
37 AR on ROP duty at around 7:30 am. The IEDs were later retrieved
and disposed of by bomb experts of 37 AR. Person/group behind
the planting of the IEDs is being ascertained.
Both civil society organizations
and political parties based in Mizoram have submitted a memorandum
to PM Narendra Modi demanding a “separate administration for the
Zo people (Chin-Kuki-Mizo/Zomi) in the present Manipur at the
same status as that of the Nagas be made outside the ambit of
the Manipur Government”. The memorandum also demanded that “a
process be initiated for fulfillment of the enduring desire of
the Zo people (Chin-Kuki-Mizo/Zomi) in the present Manipur to
be integrated under the same administration with their Zo brothers
of present Mizoram which is apparently being done in the case
of Nagas”. The memorandum was jointly submitted by CYMA, MUP,
MHIP, MZP, MSU, ZORO, BJP-Mizoram, MPCC, MNF, ZNP and MPC. In
the memorandum it was stated that the GoI must ensure that no
ancestral Zo territory be left behind under the Manipur Government
to be further “subjugated and marginalized”.
India has yet again underscored
the need to flush out the Northeast-based militants operating
from Myanmar. Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services,
Senior General U Min Aung Hliang is currently touring India and
he called on PM Narendra Modi and several other ministers in New
Delhi. He also called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, besides
Army chief General Vipin Rawat. According to official sources,
the visiting Senior General briefed the PM about bilateral defence
and security cooperation. The Prime Minister appreciated the close
cooperation between the armed forces of India and Myanmar.
The Supreme Court directed the
CBI to probe 98 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur by
State Police and SFs and fixed a deadline of December 31 for registering
the FIRs, completion of investigation and filing of charge sheets
in appropriate cases. The apex court passed the direction saying
no member of the Manipur Police shall be part of the SIT to be
constituted by the CBI for the probe as the allegations are mostly
against the local Police and in most cases FIRs were lodged against
the deceased instead of the accused Police/security personnel.
"We are of the opinion that it would be appropriate if the
CBI is required to look into these fake encounters or use of excessive
or retaliatory force. Accordingly, the director of the CBI is
directed to nominate a group of five officers to go through the
records of the cases mentioned in three tables, lodge necessary
FIRs and complete the investigations into the same by December
31, 2017, and prepare charge sheets, wherever necessary,"
a bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit said.
The BGB has denied the presence
of North East-based militant camps in the country. Addressing
a press conference in Shillong after the culmination of the talks
with the BSF officials, BGB Additional Director General (North
East region) Mohammad Zahid Hasan said Bangladesh has zero tolerance
towards anti-social elements and the country’s leadership maintains
a tough stand against insurgent groups. “These (presence of insurgent
camps) are mere perceptions… We will firmly act if there is any,”
Zahid said. BSF had raised the issue of presence of outfits like
GNLA, ULFA-I and HNLC in Bangladesh territory and sought stringent
action against them. Earlier, IG of BSF (Meghalaya frontier) PK
Dubey reiterated that there are no regulated militant camps in
Bangladesh which existed 10-15 years back and there is coordinated
action between the border sentinels of the two countries.
Four civilians and one AR personnel were injured
when a powerful IED exploded at Khurai Ahongei in Imphal East
District. The four injured civilians have been identified as Wangkheimayum
Ibomcha Singh (50), Rk Amushang Meitei (43), Mohammad Ahmed khan
(43) and Mohammad Sahid Khan (35). The injured AR personal was
identified as F.L. Willington Kom.
Police arrested one militant of KCP-N, identified
as Kshetrimayum Gopal, from Moreh forest gate in Tengnoupal District.
SFs detained one KCP-Noyon militant, identified
as 'lance corporal' Hidam Aboy alias Atappa (24), Sawombung
forest gate area.
SFs during cordon and search operation arrested
two active cadres of UNLF identified as Konthoujam Jayenta alias
Ngaiba (23) and Sagolsem Momo alias Luwangjao alias
Suresh (21) from Lamlai bazaar area under Lamlai Police Station.
The tripartite talks on District creation issue
involving the UNC, the State Government and the Union Government
will be held on July 22 at Senapati district headquarters. On
December 8, 2016, the previous Government had created seven new
Districts out of the then existing nine Districts which also includes
the Naga dominated Districts.UNC, apex body of Naga tribes in
the State, is opposed to the division of 'Naga areas' and wants
it to be reversed.
CM N Biren Singh on July 21 stated on the floor
of the State Assembly that there are no 'authorised noted' camp
of NSCN-IM in Manipur even though there may be some temporary
camps. CM N Biren Singh made this statement in response to a query
raised by MLA Kh Joykisan during question hour today. Joykisan
asked whether the cease fire pact signed between the Government
of India and NSCN-IM has been extended to Manipur, and if yes,
how many noted camps of NSCN-IM are there in Manipur .CM N Biren
Singh who is also in charge of Home Department stated that the
Tripartite talks involving the UNC, the Union
and the State Government was scheduled to be held on July 22 in
Senapati district headquarters at the 'political level' have been
delayed. Talks are now likely to be held early next month.
Union MoS (Independent Charge) for DoNER Dr Jitendra
Singh said that after a long spell of disturbance and disruptions,
Manipur is finally back to peace and normalcy and to a great extent,
the credit goes to the out-reach approach of the new government
led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh which took over in March
The State Legislative Assembly reaffirmed the
resolution which states that prior consent of State legislatures
of affected State(s) should be obtained mandatorily while forming
new State and alteration of areas, boundaries or names of existing
States. The resolution was earlier adopted by the House on August
A teenage girl, identified as Nengneingah Khongsai
(16), was shot dead by her alleged boyfriend and KNA cadre, Sasat
Haokip (21), at Gilgan village near Moreh Gate Number 1, Tengnoupal
District. Later, the accused was arrested by the Police and a
.9 mm pistol and three live rounds were also recovered from him.
KNA is the armed wing of KNO one of the principle Kuki conglomerate
signatories of SoO agreement.
CM N Biren Singh categorically stated on the floor
of the State Legislative Assembly that the State Government would
withdraw from the SoO if the armed groups which are parties to
the pact violate ground rules and commit excesses. The State Government
has also intimated the Central Government to initiate befitting
action if SoO groups continue to violate SoO ground rules and
commit such excesses, Biren stated. The State Government has also
informed the Centre that it would withdraw from SoO pact if the
parties concerned do not abide by the ground rules. In response,
the Central Government asked the State Government whether the
SoO pact should be abrogated or not, the CM informed the House.
The Union Government has asked the State Government
to deploy IRB along the NH to check unlawful activities along
NHs passing through the State. This was in response to the State
Government's proposal to set up a highway protection force for
the said purpose.
||Former director of IB Dineshwar
Sharma has been appointed as interlocutor for the peace talks with
Kuki underground groups under tripartite SoO. The two SoO groups
are, KNO and UPF.
Students under KSA tried to storm the State Assembly
in lieu with their demand for restricting non-locals from contesting
in elections in the leading to the injury of a student when police
tried to stop them. The student was identified as Rakesh Hawaibam
(19). The protestors also want the government to reserve eight
AC for indigenous people. Wangkhei, Kangpokpi, Jiribam, Thangmeiband,
Sagolband, Sugnu, Bishnupur and Uripok are the eight ACs.
State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh urged the
Union Government to arrive at a settlement with Kuki militant
groups in a time-bound manner. "In order to bring final peace,
the Centre should try to arrive at a settlement with Kuki militant
groups within two years. This will be in the interest of all people
in the state," N Biren Singh said. On the issue of States territorial
integrity, the CM, said: "There are no different opinions on the
issue of territorial integrity. Kuki groups are demanding a Kuki
state. We all should stand together to protect our boundary. The
state's boundary cannot be included in the agenda of talks with
any group". He said his government has been taking action against
cadres who violated the ground rules.
A person identified as Thangkhanlun Taitom was
allegedly tortured and killed by ZRO militants on July 27, 2017.
ZRO is under SoO agreement with the Government.
Militants killed a suspected rapist with two bullets
to the head in Imphal West District. Themheng Ngashangba, Imphal
West District Police Superintendent, said, "Suspected militants
brought a blindfolded man on Friday night at Tera in Imphal and
shot him dead. The deceased was identified as Irom Bobo, 43. There
were two gunshot injuries in the head." The outlawed underground
organisation, UNLF, has claimed responsibility for shooting Bobo.
The outfit says that he had confessed to his crime.
AR personnel seized three weapons and 300 rounds
of live ammunition from NSCN-IM cadres in a vehicle check post
set up by the force at Namphisa in Kamjong District on July 28,.
The NSCN-IM cadres were suspected to be involved in smuggling
of weapons and ammunition and might have collected the same from
a supplier from neighbouring Myanmar. The weapons and the ammunition
were planned to be smuggled into Ukhrul town of Manipur.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured that Government
will take up all necessary steps to check influx of illegal migrants
into the state. Responding to a question from the opposition bench
in the house of State Assembly, Singh said that the Government
is taking the issue of illegal migrants seriously. The state government
is looking into provisions given under the Constitution of India
to check influx of illegal migrants in the state, said Singh while
also assuring that it would identify migrants living in the state.
"If illegal migrants are detected, he/she will be deported instantly,"
Police Commando arrested a militant of KCP-N while
conducting a cordon and search operation at Salungpham Mayai Leikai
area in Thoubal district on July 31. The arrested militant was
identified as Thingbaijam Jotin alias Thoungamba alias
Police recovered a bomb from Moreh Ward No 5 in
Tengnoupal District near the Indo-Myanmar border.
SFs arrested a MNRF militant from Khuman Lampak
in Imphal East District.
Police commandos arrested a Noyon faction of
KCP-Noyon militant, identified as Thingbaijam Jotin Singh alias
Thoungamba alias Moramba, from Salungpham Mayai Leikai
in Thoubal District.
A silent protest rally, led by JAC against the
killing of Thangkhanlun Taitom, was taken out from Churachandpur
District hospital's morgue to Deputy Commissioner Office located
at Tuibuang area. The dead body of Thangkhanlun Taitom continues
to remain at the mortuary even after five days of the incident
as the demands of the protestors for justice and compensation
to the family of the deceased is yet to be met. Thangkhanlun Taitom
was allegedly tortured and killed by ZRO militants on July 27,
2017. ZRO is under SoO agreement with the Government.
Police commando arrested a KYKL militant, RK Ranjan
(42), at Lilong Bazar in Thoubal District. One 9 mm Mauser pistol
with two live rounds and other incriminating articles were seized
from his possession,
A militant of KYKL, Sadam Hussain alias
Angang (27), was arrested from Naharup Bridge in Thoubal District.
One 9 mm pistol and other incriminating articles were also seized
from his possession, it said.
The 12-hours total shutdown imposed in Churachandpur
district by the JAC against killing of Thangkhanlun completely
crippled normal life here even as shops and other establishments
including Government offices remained closed for the day.
Unidentified militants killed KNLF 'general secretary'
Lalmoi Haokip alias Tonglenlal using hand grenade and firearms
at Tuibong Bazar in Churachandpur District. As Lalmoi's wife rushed
to her husband's help, the assailants fired at her too. She sustained
bullet injuries and was taken to hospital. KNLF is one of constituents
of the KNO observing a SoO with both Union and State Government.
An unidentified militant shot at and injured a
civilian, Sandam Bhogen (37), at Sagolband Khamnam bazar under
Lamphel Police Station along Imphal West district. Sandam Bhogen
is out on bail regarding the alleged rape of a three and a half-year-old
girl on December 3, 2013.
SFs arrested a militant, identified as Ngamminlen
Haokip (23) alias Diamond Haokip, at Kinkin area of Churachandpur
town in Churachandpur District. Ngamminlen Haokip (23), the prime
accused in the murder of KNLF 'commander-in-chief' Tonglianlal
Haokip on August 2.
UNLF claimed responsibility for shooting of the
rape accused Sandam Bhogen at Takyel Khongbal near SAI complex
in Imphal West District.
The SoO pact was extended for another year by
the Union Government, the State Government and two conglomerates
of Kuki militant groups namely KNO and UPF. The SoO is now operational
till August 31, 2018.The meeting did not touch any political agenda,
it is reported that political dialogue would be held with the
Government of India's interlocutor who is likely to arrive at
Imphal soon, informed a source. Further, the Government officials
took up cases of violation of SoO ground rules at Moreh and along
National Highways by cadres belonging to the SoO groups. They
asked the KNO and UPF leaders not to create such problems in future.
They maintained that cadres which violate SoO ground rules should
be handed over to the Government authority by the groups concerned.
On their part, KNO and UPF cadres pointed out that monthly stipends
entitled to the cadres of SoO groups have not been paid for two
years. The UMHA officials assured that the designated camps of
SoO groups would be renovated and the pending stipend amount would
be released shortly added the source. The interlocutor, Dineshwar
Sharma, was introduced to the Kuki organisations at the meeting
in New Delhi. "Since the interlocutor has just been appointed,
no discussion could be taken up today on statehood," Calvin H.
of ZRO, a part of the UPF said.
The Assam Rifles caught four NSCN-K militants
with arms and ammunition from Jiribam district.
Seven armed militant formations called a 12 hour
shut down strike on August 15, in the entire North East India,
which they term as WESEA to ban celebration of Indian Independence
Day. The total ban on the celebration of Indian Independence Day
was made in a joint statement signed by 'publicity secretary',
HNLC, Ksh Laba Meitei, 'president', KCP, Jiban Singh Koch, 'chairman',
KLO, N.Oken, 'chairman', KYKL, B..R Ferengga, 'general secretary',
NDFB-S, Sengphui Borok, 'organizing secretary', NLFT and J K Lijang,
The tripartite talks involving the Union, State
Government and the UNC, on the district creation issue is all
set to be held at Senapati District headquarters. The UMHA Joint
Secretary (in-charge of North East), Satyendra Garg over phone
expressed hope for a positive outcome.
Unidentified militants exploded a bomb at Moreh
town in Tengnoupal District. No casualties were reported, Police
A bomb exploded at Kakwa Naorem Leikai under Singjamei
Police Station in Imphal West District. There were no reports
of any casualty.
SFs arrested three persons from two different
locations near Singjamei Police Station (Imphal West) and the
other two from Koirou Part I (Imphal East) in connection with
the bomb blast at Kakwa Naorem Leikai. The individuals have been
identified as Thingbaijam Sanjoy (35), P Yaima Maring (29) and
Sapam Nanda alias Makar (50). SFs also recovered a huge
quantity of explosive materials from the arrested individuals
including 81 number of gelatin sticks (power gel), two TNT cases
weighing around one pound each, six circuits and four mobile phones
with SIM cards . During preliminary interrogation, the arrested
individuals revealed that they are working under the command of
' Major' Prem Kumar alias Aheiba Angom alias PK,
'chief of finance', PREPAK .
The KNF-N has called for a total bandh
(shutdown) of Independence Day in the entire hill districts of
Manipur and called for a total shutdown in all the State and National
highways passing through the hill Districts from August 14 evening
till the dusk of August 15. KNF-N will ceaselessly boycott Independence
Day until and unless the Government of Manipur paves the way for
creation of 'Kukiland' in letter and spirit', a press statement
released by the 'information and publicity secretary', Gogou Vaiphei
Altogether 68 militants of six different militant
groups laid down arms before the Government at a ceremony held
at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles banquet hall. The militants who
laid down arms today included 17 of UNLF, 23 of KCP, seven PLA,
10 of PREPAK, four of KYKL and seven of PREPAK-PRO .However, only
seven/eight weapons reportedly brought by the militants were displayed
at the ceremony saying that other weapons were being verified
by Police .Speaking at the home coming ceremony, Chief Minister
N Biren assured that all the militants who have joined the mainstream
would be fully protected .
The CorCom, an umbrella body of four militant
groups of Manipur, claimed that the 68 militants, who surrendered
before Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on August 14, were all 'deserters'
and would be punished. Altogether 68 militants of six different
militant groups laid down arms before the Government at a ceremony
held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles banquet hall.
Suspected armed militants looted money from a
medical shop named RN Medicos at Moreh Ward No 6, Nepali Basti
in Tegnoupal District.
The BTCC Moreh has lodged a written complaint
to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Moreh informing that some
armed persons have been threatening and demanding money and goods
from shops at Moreh for quite some time. Such activities have
vitiated the atmosphere so badly that it is no longer conducive
for any trade and business activity at the border town, it pointed
Zeliangrong frontal organizations have condemned
the "brutal act and cold blooded murder" of Elimelech Gangmei
on August 13, 2017 at Namdailong allegedly by cadres of NSCN-IM
'Zeilad Region'. The organisations included Zeliangrong Baudi
(Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), Zeliangrong Baudi-Nagaland,
Zeliangrong Mipui Organization, Zeliangrong Youth Front,
Zeliangrong Students' Union Nagaland, Zeliang People Organization
and all subordinate bodies.
Police arrested a youth ,Seiminthang Lupheng (27)
,involved in extortion by using the name of KPLF from Chanvangphai
ground near Moreh Police Station in Tengnoupal district.
A large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered
during a joint operation carried out by Assam Rifles and State
Police at Sagang in Bishnupur District. The recovered arms and
ammunition include one AK-56 rifle with one magazine, 50 rounds
of 7.62 mm, one 9 mm pistol with nine live rounds, three hand
grenades, four lathode shells, seven electric detonators, 14 assorted
detonators, two detachable butt, two 9 mm Luger rounds, four .45
rounds, 18 rounds of .32, nine .22 rounds and four .35 rounds.
The mortal remains of former Manipur Chief Minister
Rishang Keishing will be buried in Mantripukhri in Imphal instead
of his birthplace Bungpa Khunou in Kamjong district. Rishang Keishing's
family disclosed that it was done following a NSCN-IM "diktat"
but did not reveal the reason for the outfit's demand. Chief minister
N. Biren Singh and his council of ministers attended the funeral.
When asked about the NSCN-IM's stand, Biren Singh said he had
no knowledge of this, but that action would be taken if such was
the case. Keishing died of multi-organ failure on August 22 evening
at the RIMS in Imphal.
The KNF has warned the intending contractors of
PMGSY initiative, not to bid on any PMGSY works below the scheduled
rate within its 'jurisdiction' of Kangpokpi District. The 'director,
Project and Planning' of KNF, Andrew K alleged that in spite of
huge amount of sanctions from the Government, the road construction
under PMGSY has failed to serve its purpose to the hill residents
in the far flung rural areas thereby robbing the hill people of
their rightful developmental schemes.
Two low intensity IEDs explosions were reported
from New Seijang village under Moreh Police Station in Tegnoupal
District. According to a source, one of the IEDs exploded at around
1.50 pm and another at 1.54 pm, one after another, at Khajing
Chief Minister N Biren Singh has assured the KSA
that the State Government would soon convene a meeting of all
political parties to discuss the demand for reservation of eight
Assembly segments for the indigenous people of Manipur. KSA has
been spearheading a sustained agitation demanding reservation
of all the 60 Assembly Constituencies for the indigenous people
of Manipur starting from Wangkhei, Thangmeiband, Uripok, Bishnupur,
Sagolband, Sugnu, Jiribam and Kangpokpi assembly segments where
non-local people have overwhelming presence and removal of non-local
voters from the State's electoral roll .
Police arrested a PLA militant identified as,
Ningombam Ronny alias Inaocha (50), at North AOC near RK
Sanatombi Devi Research Institute of Social Science in Imphal
Thoubal District Police commando and 39 Assam
Rifles troopers arrested an overground worker of KCP, identified
as Laishram Tombisana Meitei (41), from Sekmaijin area.
A KNLF militant, Ngamminlen Haokip alias Diamond
(23), has been detained under the National Security Act by the
order of District Magistrate as per a dossier prepared by Superintendent
of Police, Churachandpur. The cadre was involved in killing of
KNLF 'commander-in-chief'Lalmoi Haokip at Tuibong on August 2017.
The first tripartite talks at the 'political level'
with KNO and UPF are likely to be held either by the end of this
month or early next month. According to 'negotiator' of KNO Dr
Seilen Haokip, the Interlocutor had told him that the tripartite
talks are likely to be held either by the end of September or
in the first week of October. SoO terms with KNO and UPF were
extended for another one year which became effective from August
Two militants belonging to UTLA-SK Thadou and
a woman were killed in an alleged attack carried out by rival
faction UTLA-Poukhai, at Mukhtohal area, under Jiribam Police
Station in Jiribam District. The deceased militants were identified
as 'private' Ngamboi (22), 'private', Mangminlen (20) and Hatsei
wife of 'private' Chonchon of Senjang village, Paren District
The 24 hour bandh called by NRF in connection
with the Merger agreement with Union of India on September 21,
1949, greatly affected Thoubal and Kakching Districts. Shops,
street vendors, and other business establishment remained closed
at Kakching Bazar, Khongjom Bazar, Thoubal Bazar, Wangjing Bazar
and Yairipok Bazar.
URF 'chairman' Lanheiba was brought to Imphal
from Assam by a team of State Police. Lanheiba has been brought
to Imphal after completing necessary legal produces so as to produce
him before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West
in connection with murder cases. Lanheiba is currently lodged
in Guwahati Central Jail as an under trial prisoner of NIA.
Unidentified assailants set off a low intensity
bomb blast near the house of a businessman, identified as Pankaj
Jain, at Mantripukhri in Imphal East District. The blast went
off at Mercylane in Mantripukhri, damaging slightly the outer
wall of the residential building. However, no casualties were
reported in the blast.
Churachandpur Police and personnel of 25 AR arrested
the former town commander of the ZRA, Vungthianlal alias
Romeo (39), who was wanted in a murder case and carries a bounty
of INR 100,000, in a joint raid at New Lamka's Vengnuam area in
||MCPM said that it will organise
a week long Mega Protest from November 11, 2017 to protect the 'Indigenous
people' of the State. In a statement the outfit said that they will
take all responsibility of planning and organising the protest.
||Unidentified militants shot
dead a non-local trader, Lal Babu Singh (50), near a crematorium
located at Oinam Leirak at Chanchipur area under Singjamei Police
station in Imphal West District.
230 Kuki 'chiefs' from across the State under
the aegis of Kuki Inpi (apex body of Kuki) on October 5 resolved
that the scheduled tripartite talks between the State Government,
Union Government and UNC should not infringe on the interest of
The PDDC has urged all concerned to desist from
including Pherzawl district in any demand for rollback of newly
created districts. Pherzawl is one of the seven newly created
The decision to create seven new districts in
Manipur, which led to massive protests and 139-day blockade on
National Highways connecting the State, will be reviewed at a
tripartite meeting called by Union Home Ministry on October 6
(today) in Senapati District. The representatives of UNC, Union
and State Governments will take part in the UHM meeting. UNC,
the apex political organisation of Nagas residing in the hill
districts of Manipur, had staged massive protests following the
creation of the new districts alleging that such a move would
divide the ancestral land of the Nagas.
Police arrested one cadre of PREPAK-VC, Sapam
Tiken alias Momocha alias Siroy (30) in a search
operation at Keishampat Aheibam Leikai area of Imphal West district.
The UNC demanded the State Government to state
its "concrete position" on the district creation issue. UNC also
demanded the nullification of the Manipur State Government constituted
'Boundary Commission'. Sources from UNC informed that tonight
that though the next round of talks has been slated for November
10, the future talks on the district creation issue will depend
on how the State Government respond to the objection raised by
the Naga body on the constitution of the Boundary Commission .on
December 8, 2016, the then Okram Ibobi Singh Government created
seven new districts namely Jiribam, Kakching, Kangpokpi, Kamjong,
Tengnoupal, Pherzawl and Noney.
The Joint Secretary at Union Ministry of Home
Affairs (in-charge of Northeast), SatyendraGarg, visited designated
camps of the UPF and KNO militants to assure them that the ongoing
peace talks with the Centre would be speeded up, reports The Telegraph.
Garg visited UPF camp Ebenezer at Nathaljang in Kangpokpi district
and KNO camps at Cherap and Salem in Tengnoupal district. He interacted
with the leaders of the umbrella organisations to seek their opinions
on the ongoing talks.
SFs arrested a militant of Lamyanba Khuman faction
of KCP-MC, Palmei Lovingson (32), from Konthoujam Maning Leikai
in Imphal West District.
SFs arrested another active cadre of Lamyanba
Khuman faction of KCP-MC, namely Hoineilung Kamei alias
Temba (38) from Konthoujam Maning Leikai in Imphal West District.
One .32 revolver was seized from his possession.
Students of the DM College of Commerce staged
a sit-in-protest in front of the college campus in protest against
the hurling hand grenade inside the college campus in Imphal West
District. The grenade did not explode.
SFs arrested a militant belonging to PLA, 'corporal'
Sorokhaibam Bedarjit Singh alias Ibungotomba alias
Momosana (28), from Lilong Chajing area in Imphal West District.
Two Chinese nationals, who were detained for
visiting the State without having the PAP, were released by the
court. The Chinese nationals were detained at foreigner check
post of Tulihal International Airport on October 7.
The coordinating body of the Scheduled Tribe Demand
Committee launched a campaign here to create awareness and garner
support for the demand to include Meiteis in the ST list. The
coordinating body, a conglomerate of several citizen organisations,
has been spearheading the campaign.
Security Forces arrested a KCP-Noyon cadre, Damu
(38), at PVCP in Khudengthabi of Tengnoupal District.
At least ten people sustained injuries when a
hand grenade exploded at Tera Lukram Leirak under Lamphel Police
Station, Imphal West District.
Normal life in the State was severely hit during
the total shut down called by various militants groups of the
region against the 'annexation' of Manipur to the Indian Union.
CoRCom a conglomerate of RPF, UNLF, PREPAK and PREPAK-Pro observed
as 'National Black day' and called total shut down from midnight
October 14-October 15.
Police arrested a militant of PREPAK-Pro, 'sergeant
major' Thongam Anand alias Iku alias Binod (25), near Moreh Gate
Number 2 in Tengnoupal District.
UPF spokesperson, Aaron Kipgen said that Kuki
armed militant groups will not remain silent if NSCN-IM forces
the chiefs of various Kuki villages located at Ukhrul and Tamenglong
Districts to support the Framework Agreement signed between the
NSCN-IM and the Union Government.
Police arrested a cadre of KCP-Noyon ,identified
as Wahengbam Momocha (29),from Singjamei Kongba Road opposite
to Mata Cinema Hall at Imphal East District. A police source said
that a sum of INR 50,000 extorted from staffs of Ideal College
was recovered from the cadre.
The UNC warned Naga elected members at this most
crucial moment that whoever among them is working against the
'collective history' of the Nagas will not be spared. This 'warning'
from the Naga body came at the backdrop of the 'all political
parties meeting on the territorial integrity of Manipur with reference
to peace talks between the Government of India and NSCN-IM'. The
UNC warned 'elected members' from Naga community saying that,
indulging in activities which are detrimental to the Naga movement
will invite serious consequences.
UNC also asserted that it will not remain mute
to 'all those measures which are against the Naga interest' taken
up by different elements including the Manipur Government. "We
are closely observing the unfolding development in Manipur currently,"
said UNC while adding, "We will respond befittingly to all those
elements and factors who/which are hurdles to the Naga peace process."
UNC further said that "we feel our patience has been taken as
our weakness". UNC then asked Nagas not to extend co-operation
or involve in any programme which is attached with the names of
the 'seven new districts.' UNC further asked the Naga people to
remain fully aware of the 'designs of our adversaries'.
The NPF, Manipur State unit has pledged to work
for unity and integrity of the 'people' by integrating all contiguous
Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof and also to
provide protection to all the ethnic groups who are indigenous
inhabitants of all Naga inhabited areas. Significantly, the NPF
issued this statement to press in the backdrop of the all political
parties meeting convened this afternoon (October 29) at the Chief
The General Secretary of the UCM, YK Dhiren asserted
that the ongoing political dialogue between the NSCN-IM and the
Government of India should have no room for any arrangement such
as a separate administrative system. Dhiren said this during a
one day discussion on the ongoing negotiation between the NSCN
(IM) and the Government of India. Asserting that the 'Framework
Agreement' should have no bearing on the unity and territorial
integrity of Manipur, Dhiren said that the people of Manipur have
been standing up for the territorial integrity of the State ever
since the beginning of the ceasefire agreement in 1997 and added
that the stand will continue .
A Manipur delegation will soon meet PM Narendra
Modi to discuss the issues related to the state's territorial
integrity in view of the ongoing peace talks between the Government
of India and the NSCN-IM, the Government said. This was decided
at an all-party meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh
in Imphal last evening, it said in a statement. Participants in
the meeting decided to depute a team comprising five to seven
members to be nominated by the Chief Minister to the national
capital to submit a memorandum to the prime minister, it said.
The memorandum will highlight the issue of territorial integrity
of Manipur and an appeal to inform the developments on the Naga
talks at the earliest.
One person, identified as K. Ginzalian (70), of
Vengnuam in Churachandpur District, was arrested. A 9mm pistol
and five live rounds were recovered from him. On a tip-off, another
one, identified as Zamkhanpau (48) of Suangdoh village in Churachandpur
District, was arrested for receiving an arms consignment from
Myanmar. He said he received it from Ginlianthang (47) and Nengkhanlun
(34), who were also arrested later. Two magazines of a 9mm pistol
and cash were also recovered. Further, two more were arrested
on information provided by the duo.
One person, identified as Sanjenbam Herojit Singh
(31) was arrested by SFs for extorting money from public in the
name UNLF in his locality in Haorang Khunou in Imphal West District.
A case has been registered at Patsoi police station for further
investigation, the press release said.
According to a statistics available with the
UMHA, as many as 37 persons including nine SFs personnel were
killed in the insurgency related violence in the Northeast region
over the last seven months, reports. Official statistics available
with said that 28 civilians and nine security personnel were killed
in 204 insurgency related violence across the Northeastern States.
As many as 57 persons were also abducted this year up to July
SFs are on their toes following reports of recruitment
of youth by the insurgent outfits in the landlocked Northeastern
A combined team of Manipur Police and Army arrested
one active cadre of KCP - People War Group, from Wabagai Bazaar
area in Kakching District.
A combined team of Manipur Police and Assam Rifles
(AR) arrested another active cadre of proscribed KCP-MJC from
Thoubal Bazaar area in Thoubal District.
Police arrested one KCP-Noyon militant, 'corporal'
Khuraijam Ingocha Singh alias Black alias Kakabi (44), in a search
operation carried out in and around Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai
in Imphal West District.
A 12-hour bandh (shutdown strike) called by the
MCPM over misappropriation of Public Distribution System items
paralyzed life in the Imphal city. The group also demanded resignation
of Consumer Affairs and Food Public Distribution Minister Karam
SFs arrested KYKL militant, 'sergeant' Sorokhaibam
Omita Devi alias Memcha (26), while conducting a search
operation in and around Chairel Awang Leikai in Kakching District.
UNC expressed its disappointment on the alleged
"dilly-dallying tactics employed" by the State Government and
the Central Government on the district creation issue. The next
'tripartite talks' on the District creation issue is scheduled
for November 10 at Senapati district headquarters.
Normal life in the capital city of Imphal was
hit because of a 12-hour strike (5am-5pm) imposed by the MCPM
demanding action against the culprits responsible for misappropriation
of PDS items in the State.
Third round of tripartite talk between the Union
and State Government and UNC was held at Senapati District head
quarter. During the talk representatives of UNC led by its 'president'
Gaidon Kamei questioned the Government authority for the delay
in materializing the demands of the UNC. Next round of meeting
is scheduled on Feb, 23, 2018.
Two AR troopers died and six were injured in a
powerful IED explosion at Maha Mani village in Chandel District.
Two AR personnel, identified as riflemen Indra Singh and Sohan
Lal, died on the spot. The six injured, identified as S. Sekhar,
N. Shyamkumar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy
and Lalnunpuia, were evacuated to the Army Hospital at Leimakhong,
on the Imphal city's outskirts, by helicopter. RPF, the 'political
wing' of PLA has claimed responsibility for the attack. Source
said that condition of one among the six injured is critical.
AR trooper and at least two militants were killed
in an ambush by the PLA militants near Chamol village, about three
Kilometer from the Police Outpost at Sajik Tampak, in Chandel
district, along the Indo-Myanmar. The Assam Rifles trooper identified
as Jay Prakash Araon (33). The militant killed was identified
as 'sergeant' Loko alias Themreiyo. One AR trooper and
three militants were also wounded in the incident.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced an INR
3.25 billion development package for the hill district of Tamenglong.
He promised that power, water supply and road condition would
improve considerably in the district.
The CorCom, a militant conglomerate, has called
a bandh (general shutdown strike) to boycott President
Ram Nath Kovind's visit to Manipur to inaugurate the State's annual
tourism event, The Sangai Festival. The visit is Kovind's first
to three states of the Northeast -Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and
Manipur - beginning November 19. He will arrive in Imphal on November
21 to inaugurate the festival with a function here the same day.
CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro, RPF and UNLF.
ZUF militants fired three rounds of gunshots in
the air near Noney market under Noney police station in Noney
district. Sources say the gunshots were a warning meant for the
NSCN-IM, who report suggests has an undesignated camp in Noney.
A sub-committee of political parties, which is
drafting a memorandum to be submitted to the Centre on the peace
talks with NSCN-IM, has "almost finalized" its points. "The memorandum
is almost final. It will be submitted to the Chief Minister (N.
Biren Singh) in the next couple of days. It will be finalized
after an all-party meeting," Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar
Singh, who is the chairman of the committee, on November 17, said.
"It is early to disclose all the details of the memorandum. However,
there will be no compromise on the state's territorial integrity
and no Sixth Schedule status to the hill districts," Y Joykumar
Singh said. An all-party meeting on October 28 constituted the
seven-member committee in view of the Centre's move for a final
agreement with the NSCN-IM.