Manipur Timeline - Year 2016
| January 1
Based on specific intelligence
regarding movement of an UG cadre, troops of 45 AR of 9 Sector
AR under the aegis of headquarters of IGAR-S along with Heingang
Police launched a joint operation at Koirengei and arrested one
UNLF cadre, identified as No 1983, Self-Styled 'Sergeant' Thoibi
alias Leiksingba (24) of Yumnam Patlou in Imphal East District.
One 9 mm pistol along with magazine and three live rounds was
recovered from his possession. The arrestee along with the recovered
item has been handed over to Heingang Police station.
The Mizoram and Manipur governments will implement
the NFSA from February, 2016. "Arrangements for making available
rice to those excluded from the scheme will be made through the
PDS," Mizoram's Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister
John Rotluangliana said in Aizawl. He said 706,296 people out
of around 11 lakh population will be provided rice at subsidised
rate under NFSA while the remaining households can buy eight kg
rice per month at INR 15 per kilogram. Similarly, in Imphal, an
official of Manipur's food and civil supplies department said,
"Work on computerization of data and digitization of ration cards
are in advanced stage for the implementation of the food security
Security was stepped up at Army and air force
installations located in the northeastern region in the wake of
the terrorist attack at an Air Force Base at Pathankot in Punjab.
The northeast, which is surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan
and China, on all sides, barring a chicken-neck corridor towards
north Bengal, is a strategic defence area. The seven states in
the northeast house many Army cantonments and air force bases.
The Eastern Air Command of the IAF is located in Shillong in Meghalaya.
Army sources in the region said that forces guarding
defence installations in the northeast are already on a high alert
as the region is an insurgency-affected area and shares borders
with four countries. Security was also beefed up at LGBI airport
in Guwahati as it is located adjacent to the Borjhar air base.
Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said that along
with other SFs in Assam and the entire region, are deployed on
a counter-insurgency/terrorism grid and are always on a high alert.
"We are always prepared to effectively contain any such untoward
incident," he said.
A lethod shell was found at the main entrance
gate of Elite Senior Secondary School in Imphal, which is also
the entry gate of JNIMS director Laishram Deben and his wife L
Sumitra Devi, who is the chairperson of the school. A Police team
retrieved the shell safely. MCP-M reportedly claimed responsibility
of depositing the shell. They claimed that the bomb threat was
a warning to the JNIMS director Laishram Deben over his failure
to run the hospital.
A team of District Police commando arrested one
active cadre of PREPAK while conducting search operation in some
suspected houses at Kshetri Leikai in Imphal East District. The
arrested cadre has been identified as Kshetrimayum Dhanajit Singh
alias Imoro alias Herojit (49) of Singjamei Wangma
Kshetri Leikai. One HE hand grenade (No 36) along with a detonator
was seized from his possession.
AR troops launched an operation in Grihang and
Kamjong in Ukhrul District and killed two underground cadres of
an unknown group. One AK-56 rifle along with magazine, twelve
live rounds of 7.62 mm and five fired cases of 7.62 mm have been
recovered from the spot. The bodies of the two slain militants
along with the recovered weapons have been handed over to Chassad
Police Station in the District.
A joint team of AR and Bihar Regiment launched
a joint operation in Bunghal Khullen area of Thoubal District
in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition. During the search
operation, the team recovered one AK-56 rifle and two magazines
along with 60 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Further search
along with Thoubal Commandos led to recovery of 54 live rounds
of 7.62mm, 47 live rounds of 7.62mm sniper rifle, one magazine
of 7.62mm AK-56 Rifle, one magazine of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle and
five live rounds of 5.56mm of M 16 rifle. Search of the living
room of one Lelen Kipgen, who was missing, resulted in recovery
of one seal of KNF-N, demand letter and documents pertaining to
A team of District Police commando conducted frisking
and checking in front of City Hospital in Dewlahland in Imphal
West District and arrested an active member of PLA/RPF identified
as Laishram Lakpati alias Johnson (44) of Khongman Zone
III in Mayai Leikai. On his disclosure, another cadre of the same
organisation identified as Wangkheimayum Bobby Singh alias
Imobi alias Lamjing alias Boy alias Sarat
(38) of Wangkhei Hijam Leirak Ayangpali Road was also arrested
from Khoyathong Senapati bus parking on the same day. Investigation
revealed that they were involved in extortion from different Government
departments. Investigation also revealed that W Bobby Singh had
also made monetary demands in the name of CorCom in some Government
offices. Incriminating articles were seized from their possession.
JNIMS Professor Dr Chanam Manglem was attacked
by some unidentified assailants by hurling a hand grenade at his
Khongman Zone-II (East) residence in Imphal East District on January
7. The grenade exploded inside the residential gate of Dr Manglem
and the explosion damaged some portions of the gate and the house.
Taking strong exception to the grenade attack, local people staged
a protest demonstration.
AR troops and District Police commandos launched
a joint operation in Tumukhong in Imphal East District and arrested
three cadres of KYKL.
Based on reliable information about the presence
of some KCP cadres in and around Soibam Leikai area, a team of
Imphal East District Police commando conducted search operation,
and arrested two active cadres of KCP-N, identified as Yengkokpam
Ranjan Singh alias Amuba (46) of Top Mayai Leikai and Kshetrimayum
Romesh Singh alias Inaocha (39) of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai.
Investigation revealed that Romesh was also working for KYKL and
involved in extortion of money from SK Oil nominees of Imphal
East and West Districts.
Two hardcore militants of the NSCN-K were arrested
in Senapati District of Manipur. The militants - identified as
self-styled ‘Lieutenant’ Lamang Kipgen (36) of Lilen village in
Paren District of Nagaland and Seminlal Kipgen (23) of Langjol
village of Senapati District - were arrested along with one 9
mm pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from Daili village, a defence
press release said. On questioning, Kipgen confessed that he was
a top leader of NSCN-K and had joined the outfit in 1996, the
release said. He was trained by the outfit and involved in recruiting
cadres, it added.
The AHRC stated that the enforcement of the AFSPA
has only been used so far to intimidate the local population,
which has lost confidence in their government. “Only corrupt state
officers, politicians and the omnipresent and armed militant groups
of Manipur will benefit from the impunity provided by the AFSPA,”
said a statement from the AHRC. The AFSPA, it said, “should not
be enforced in Manipur to support organized lawlessness benefitting
illegal drug and weapon smuggling cartels.” “Uncontrollable insurgent
activity in Manipur,” the AHRC opined, is the direct result of
“failed state administration.” Militancy also benefits from the
poor management of the international border between India and
Burma, it added. The AHRC, it stated, has documented cases of
police officers, government officers, and politicians sharing
illegal profits obtained from the black-marketing of essential
commodities in the state.
A combined team of BSF and Lamlai Police arrested
one cadre of the KNF-N from Itham village in Imphal East District.
BSF sources said that a joint team of 49th battalion BSF and Lamlai
Police rushed to Itham village after getting information of KNF-N
cadres extorting money from the owners of sand quarries. On seeing
the SF personnel, one of the cadres suddenly opened one round
of fire in the air and tried to flee the area. However, some villagers
overpowered a cadre and caught him while four other cadres managed
to escape. The arrested cadre was later identified as Kamminlun
of Singsit Veng Kangpokpi in Senapati District. He revealed that
he came to the village from Kangpokpi with four other cadres two
days back. They also brought two AK-47 rifles and one 9 mm pistol.
Soon after his arrest, the combined team conducted a search operation
to arrest other cadres at the area. During the course of the operation,
the SFs recovered an AK-47 rifle along with a magazine loaded
with 11 live rounds from near a river at around 8 pm.
A combined team of Police and AR personnel recovered
a huge cache of ammunition from a forest at Sagolmang Pukhao area
in Imphal East District. Police said 300 rounds of M-16 rifles,
44 rounds of AK-47 rifles, two detonators and two local-made magazines
were found wrapped in a big polythene bag. It was yet to be known
which individual, group or militant outfit kept the ammunition
there and for what purpose.
UNC called a 48-hour general strike in tribal
areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention of the GoI
with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based JAC constituted
against the ‘anti-tribal’ Bills has also called for boycotting
the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal areas in the State.
In a press release, the UNC has decried the indifferent attitude
shown by GoI towards the bodies of the nine tribal martyrs still
lying at the morgue of Churachandpur civil hospital after they
were killed in Police action while defending the inalienable rights
of the tribal people in the aftermath of the passage of the three
alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31, 2015. Alleging that the
State Government has grabbed tribal lands by carving out hundreds
of hill tribal villages and placing them into four valley Districts
of Imphal in the name of re-organisation of Police District boundaries,
UNC demanded that such orders should be immediately revoked and
hill tribal villages placed back in hill Districts. UNC shall
abstain from Republic Day celebration this year in protest against
the role of fence-sitter taken by Government of India inspite
of chaos, disorder, political suppression, etc., in the hill Districts
of Manipur, said the UNC statement.
Based on a specific intelligence regarding the
movement of militants, the troops of the 45 AR established a vehicle
check post in Yurabung area in Imphal East District and arrested
one UNLF cadre. The arrestee has been identified as No 1810, Self-Styled
Private, Raghu alias Thomas, resident of Khajiri in Nambol in
Bishnupur District and he has been handed over to Lamlai Police
Troops of 16 AR on frisking and checking duty
along the Imphal-Ukhrul road, arrested a woman with explosive
materials, who was travelling in an Ukhrul-bound passenger vehicles
originating from Imphal. The items seized from the women include
nine detonators, three packets of highly explosive weighing 125
grams each and three fuses. The items were found in a bag carried
by the woman identified as Puprangla Hungyo (53) wife of (L) Ajoy
Hungyo of Sorde Village of Ukhrul District. The woman along with
the devices has been handed over to Lamlai Police Station of Imphal
East, an official report said.
Tension gripped Itham village in Imphal East District
after KNF-N allegedly threatened the villagers to kill them if
any of them enter the neighbouring Kuki village. The threat came
after the arrest of a KNF-N cadre by BSF on January 16. Itham
is an interior village of Imphal East District surrounded by Naga
and Kuki villages. Speaking to reporters at the village, Itham
Naharol Yaipha Thourang Lup secretary T Somorjit said that Kuki
militants have been constantly harassing the transporters and
workers engaged in quarry works in the village.
Seven persons have been detained during different
search operations conducted by Imphal West and Imphal East District.
The first operation was conducted under the supervision of Imphal
West ASP (Operations) Th Vikramjit and Imphal West Commando OIC
P Sanjoy at Wahengbam Leikai Lairembi community hall, where all
the residents were called for verification. Five persons who could
not produce proper identity proof documents were taken to Imphal
Police Station for further investigation. On the other hand, a
team of Imphal East District Police also carried out a search
operation at Bamon Leikai Nahabam area under supervision of Imphal
East ASP (Operations) Singhajit and Commando OIC P Achouba, in
which two persons were detained at Porompat Police Station.
Four militant outfits operating in north-east
India called for their boycott of Republic Day celebrations on
January 26. In a joint statement the four organisations, the United
National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA),
CorCom of Manipur, GNLA and the HNLC called for the shutdown in
the region on January 26. "We call upon the citizens to put out
a strong, clear message and protest against the imposed celebration
of the Republic day in our West Eastern South East Asia (WESEA).
We call for a total shutdown of our region from 00.01 hrs to 18
hrs of January 26," the statement mailed to the media said.
Unidentified militants exploded a bomb at the
residence of a contractor of Government's PMGSY scheme, Sinam
Dijen in Yaiskul Sougaijam Leirak Nambul Mapal under Imphal Police
Station in Imphal west District. However, no casualties were reported.
According to the available information, the bomb is suspected
to be an IED.
A head constable, identified as Thounaojam Herojit
Singh, who had claimed to have killed Chungkham Sanjit, a former
militant, in a controversial case on July 23, 2009 on the orders
given by the then ASP, Imphal West, Akoijam Jhalajit Singh, disappeared
after he boarded an Imphal-bound flight at Delhi Airport. His
family members fear that he could have been abducted by unidentified
suspects after landing at Imphal airport on the same day.
AR personnel and Thoubal Police Commandos during
a search in Bongbal Khullen village in Senapati District arrested
one KNF-N cadre, identified as the 'assistant finance secretary'
Satkithang Kipgen alias Ranjit (29). One 9mm Pistol (Country
made) along with a magazine and nine live rounds were also recovered
from his possession.