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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 (45).

January 2

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.

January 3

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.

January 4

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 the UNLF.

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.

January 5

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.

January 6

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.

January 7

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.

January 8

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 January 9.

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 commandos.

January 9

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.

January 10

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 so far.

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.

January 11

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.

January 12

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."

January 13

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 possession.

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.

January 14

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.

January 15

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.

January 15

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 cases.

January 16

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 made.

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 made.

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.

January 18

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 present.

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.

January 19

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.

January 20

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.

January 21

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 arrested militants.

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.

January 22

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.

January 23

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 extortion cases.

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 26, 2017.

January 24

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.

January 25

SFs arrested one PLA militant, identified as Kh Kiran (25) from Kaiphundai village in Tamenglong District.

January 26

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.

January 27

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.

January 29

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 the UTLA.

January 31

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.

February 1

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 (Kangpokpi District).

February 2

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.

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 militant.

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.

February 4

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.

February 7

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 District.

SFs arrested one militant of NSCN-K, identified as Soraisam Milan Singh (47), at Heirangoithong in Imphal West District.

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'.

February 9

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.

February 10

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.

February 11

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.

February 12

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 District.

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'.





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