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Incidents and Statements involving United National Liberation Front: 2016



Nature of incident

January 20

Yurabung / Imphal East District

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

February 9


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

February 12

Wapokpi bazar / Thoubal District

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

February 22

Imphal East District

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

March 19 Bishnupur District

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

April 14

Minuthong / Imphal West District

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

April 19 Wangoo parking / Chandel District

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

April 29


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

May 5

Imphal East District

Based on reliable information, a combined team of Imphal East District Police commando and 45 AR conducted search operation in and around Khurai Lamlong Bazar and arrested one active member of UNLF, identified as Sorokhaibam Chingkhei Singh alias Aoupa alias Haokip (24) of Kongpal Chingambam Leikai in front of Friendship Educational School, Tinsid Road in Khurai. Investigation revealed that he has extorted INR 15,000 from the Pradhan of Khurai Chingambam Leikai Gram Panchayat in March, 2016 and had also extorted huge amounts of money from the general public.

June 1

Imphal West District

A team of Imphal West District Police commando arrested an active member of UNLF, identified as Akoijam Jiteshwor Singh (60), while conducting frisking and checking in front of District Collector office in Lamphel in Imphal West District. Incriminating articles along with a sum of INR 9,500 were recovered from his possession. On his disclosure, later, the team recovered 19 live rounds of AK-47 rifle ammunition from his residence. Investigation revealed that he was involved in transportation of arms and ammunition and extortion of money from the general public.

June 3


The UNLF clarified that the ongoing movement spearheaded by JCILPS to implement ILPS in Manipur is neither instigated nor sponsored by UNLF and that Khomdram Ratan is not related to the outfit in any way. A statement issued by M Sakhen Deputy Director Department of Publicity of the outfit contended that the movement of the JCILPS and UNLF are two separate entities with different goals. It asserted that the struggle taken up by UNLF is to retain the lost sovereignty of Manipur from the colonial rule of India while the one spearheaded by JCILPS is people's movement to save the indigenous population of the state from the unabated influx of outsiders. Rubbishing the reports linking the outfit's struggle with that of JCILPS movement, it claimed that the report published in a national daily was a plot jointly taken up by the Indian government and its intelligence agency to mislead the people's movement taken up by JCILPS. The fact that JCILPS movement is against the migrant influx from mainland India and the assimilation policy of India speaks for itself that such misleading propaganda is imminent, it said. At the same time, clarifying that Khomdram Ratan is not a cadre of the outfit and not in the list of the outfit's enrolment register, it said that the photo of Ratan that went viral on social media was manipulated.

June 6

Imphal West District

The UNLF denied having any connection whatsoever with one Akoijam Jiteshwar (60) who was reportedly arrested by Imphal West District Police commando on June 2 in front of DC Office at Lamphel. In a statement, M Sak-hen, 'director department of publicity', UNLF said that Akoijam Jiteshwar is not a member of the UNLF or its armed wing MPA in any way. He has not been assigned any responsibility by the outfit. There is no incident of recovering ammunition from him and the allegations leveled against him were false.

June 8


The NIA Special Court at Guwahati convicted 18 members of the UNLF, including its chairman Raj Kumar Meghen, under various sections of the UAPA and the IPC for various offences, including criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts and waging war against the Government. The members of the outfit have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment ranging from seven to 10 years for hatching criminal conspiracy of terrorist acts in Assam and Manipur and waging war against the Government of India. The NIA had submitted two chargesheets in the case, charging 25 persons for their involvement in terrorist conspiracy and waging war against the Government. Of these, 18 persons faced the criminal trial while the remaining seven are absconding.

The case relates to a search conducted on April 30, 2010 at a rented house in Guwahati in which two persons including Khundong Tomba alias Bikramjit, vice chairman of the outfit and Y Nabichand, another UNLF cadre were arrested and a laptop, three pen drives, one mobile phone, one wireless internet connection and INR 50,000 in cash were recovered from their possession. In the subsequent investigation, NIA and Assam Police arrested 20 more members of the UNLF, who were charged with hatching terrorist conspiracy in Manipur and Assam. It was alleged that the outfit had indulged in large scale extortion from Government officials, recruitment of cadres, purchase of arms and ammunition, for waging war against the Government.

The NIA also arrested UNLF chairman Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanayama and a large number of digital articles like laptop and mobile phones were recovered from him and other cadres, which revealed financial dealings of the organisation as well as money trail of investments by the organisation.

June 10


ULFA-I in a media communiqué expressed that each of its members were deeply saddened by the news of conviction of the UNLF of Manipur, Chairman, Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sanaiyama's by another 10 years. It said that the Indian Government machinery in occupation is "scared" of the impact of Sanaiyama's principle.

June 21 NS

The CorCom raised strong objection to the Government of India's attempt to enter the league of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). A representation jointly signed by UNLF 'chairman' and CorCom 'convenor' Khundongbam Pambei, PREPAK 'acting chairman' Khumujam Shathy, PREPAK-Pro 'chairman' Longjam Paliba and RPF 'president' Irengbam Chaoren and addressed to the NSG Chair asserted that the Government of India does not deserve any respect and therefore must not enjoy NSG membership. Manipur was forcibly annexed by India on October 15, 1949, they alleged. India's membership to NSG will buttress its agenda to building a monolithic nuclear power block in the region, which will in turn become the instrument of oppression by the exploitative market forces that have been erected to enjoy the spoils of unjust war.

July 7

Nongmaithem Leikai / Imphal West District

A former cadre of the UNLF was killed by some unidentified assailants at Tera Sapam Leirak, Nongmaithem Leikai in Imphal West District. According to information culled from the spot, the deceased has been identified as one Meikam Romen (32) of Tera Lukram Leirak. He was working as a brick layer after he left the UNLF about five years back. Fatal bullet wounds were seen on many parts of his body including the head.

July 10

Imphal West District

The banned militant group, UNLF claimed its hand in killing of Meikam Romen at Tera Sapam Leirak, Nongmaithem Leikai in Imphal West District on July 7. A press release issued by the outfit's department of publicity director M Sak-hen said that Romen was awarded capital punishment for surrendering to adversary forces along with weapons belonging to the party.

July 12 lmphal East District

Acting on a reliable information about the presence of one active member of the UNLF, a team of lmphal East District Police commando arrested one self-styled corporal of UNLF, identified as Takhellambam Priyo Meitei alias Nongdrenkhomba (21) from his residence in Keibi Kumuda Awang Leikai. Incriminating articles were seized from his possession.

October 1

Kangvai / Churachandpur District

A combined team of Bishnupur District Police commandos and 7 AR conducted frisking along Tiddim Road at Kangvai in Churachandpur District and arrested one 'self styled copora' of UNLF, identified as Laishram Rakesh Meitei alias Thounaojam (31). One live round of .303 rifle, one live round of 7.62 mm and other incriminating articles were recovered from his possession.

October 17

Samurou bazar / Imphal West District

A combined team of Imphal West Police commandos and 12 Bihar Regiment arrested one active cadre of UNLF, identified as Elangbam Shyamjai Singh (56) during a search operation at Samurou bazar in Imphal West District. The cadre was involved in recruiting young boys and girls to make them undergo training at Myanmar and Mizoram, said the Police.

October 25 Imphal East District

A UNLF woman cadre, identified as Sagolsem Sandhyrani alias Sanahanbi (19) was arrested by a team of Imphal East Commando while conducting frisking and checking at JNIMS crossing in Imphal East District. She was driving towards JNIMS in a Honda Activa Moped when the Commando team arrested her. Sources further mentioned that she joined UNLF in February, 2012 and was trained at Lejik Myanmar under MPA no 2371 of 38 batch.

November 5

Moirang Siribon Leikai / Bishnupur District

One woman cadre of UNLF, identified as Heisnam Shangoi Devi was arrested by a team of Manipur Police commandos from her residence at Moirang Siribon Leikai in Bishnupur District. On investigation it was learnt that she was trained at Sajik Tampak in Chandel District bordering Myanmar and belonged to the 20th batch of the militant group. One Chinese-made hand grenade was also recovered from the possession of Shangoi Devi.

November 9

Imphal West District

A team of Imphal West District Police Commando arrested one active member of UNLF during a frisking and checking at Sanjenthong and adjoining areas of Babupara. The arrestee has been identified as Ngangbam Gunamani Singh alias Kamcha (47), of Singjamei Chingamathak Liwa Lambi Ningthoujam Leikai. The PRO statement said Gunamani was involved in extortion of huge amount of money from various Government offices, educational institutes, health institutions and businessmen. Incriminating articles were seized from his possession, it added.



Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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