NIA arrests key conspirator in Manipur Rifles arms theft case
The self-styled chairman of the United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF), Lhunkhoson Haokip of Imphal West, had been absconding.
Imphal: The NIA has arrested a self-styled chairman of the outlawed Kuki militant group UKLF for his alleged involvement in the pilferage and illegal sale of government firearms to various terrorist outfits to strengthen war stores and carry out unlawful activities against the country, an official said on Friday.
The self-styled chairman of the United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF), Lhunkhoson Haokip of Imphal West, had been absconding. He was arrested on Thursday, the official of the premier investigation agency said.
The case relates to the pilferage of arms and ammunition from the armoury of the 2nd Manipur Rifles.
Haokip, along with his co-conspirators and charge-sheeted accused, was involved in the pilferage and illegal sale of government firearms to various terrorist outfits including the Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) and UKLF, with a view to strengthen war stores and carry out unlawful activities against the state, the NIA official said.
During a search operation at his premises earlier, nine 9mm pistols were recovered, the official said.
He was produced in a special NIA court in Imphal which has remanded him in the NIA custody till September 21, the official said, adding that further investigation in the case is underway.
Released Manipur scribe to move Supreme Court against NSA
His petition against sedition law is pending in apex court.
Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, released after more than two months in jail, said he was considering petitioning the Supreme Court for scrapping the National Security Act (NSA).
His petition against the sedition law is pending in the apex court.
“I will talk to my lawyers and see if I can move the Supreme Court against the NSA just as I had done against the sedition law,” he said after his release from jail at 4.10 p.m. on Friday.
He was arrested along with political activist Erendro Leichongbam on May 13 under the NSA for using the death of Manipur BJP president S. Tikendra Singh to comment on social media that “consuming cow dung and cow urine” cannot cure anyone of COVID-19.
Mr. Leichongbam was released on July 19 following an order by the Supreme Court.
Accusing the State government of abusing powers to silence dissenting voices, Mr. Wangkhem said he was targeted as he was conducting an investigation for a story relating to COVID-19. He claimed COVID-19 cases had surged in Manipur after the return of some 200-250 people from the Kumbh Mela.
“The government probably got a wind of what I was trying to do and put me in jail to make sure I cannot speak the truth. I knew this dictatorial government will do something to silence me. I think we need to campaign against the draconian NSA so that it is never used by those in power,” Mr. Wangkhem said.
Iboyaima Laithangbam reports from Imphal:
The Manipur High Court on Friday ordered the release of Mr. Wangkhem, who was detained under the NSA. The order came on a letter to the court by his wife, Elangbam Ranjita, seeking his release.
A Division Bench of Justices Sanjoy Kumar and Kh. Nobin Singh said Mr. Wangkhem was detained by an order issued on May 17, 2021 under Section 2(3) of the NSA and lodged in the central jail at Sajiwa in Imphal East district. The judges said it was a fit case of urgent hearing since it concerned the life and liberty of an individual.
The High Court order said Mr. Wangkhem had stated on Facebook that cow dung and cow urine were not medicines for COVID-19. Mr. Leichongbam had also posted the same on Facebook. After Mr. Leichongbam was set free, Ms. Ranjita appealed for the release of her husband. Since there was no response, she wrote an undated letter to the High Court on Thursday. The judges considered it as a petition and heard it on Friday.
The High Court observed that there was “no distinction” in the two cases. The Bench said the May 17 Manipur government order stood “suspended” till next hearing. It ordered the release of the detainee forthwith “within 5 p.m.” and he would furnish a security bond of ₹1,000 as was done in the case of Mr. Leichongbam.
Earlier also, Mr. Wangkhem was detained under the same Act but was set free later.
COVID-19 negative report must for entering Manipur.
Imphal: Soiminlian Lengen, Deputy Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department has issued a circular citing any person entering Manipur from April 18 onwards will have to show negative RT-PCR/ TrueNat/CB-NAAT COVID-19 test report taken within 72 hours. The police forces have also been instructed to test their personnel entering Manipur.
Meanwhile 18 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported taking the active cases to 141. Among the new cases, three are the personnel from the Central Armed Police Force. On the other hand, more than one lakhs people are vaccinated in Manipur.
Currently, all persons entering Manipur from states having most of corona positive cases are being tested at the Imphal airport.
Assam Rifles organizes lecture on COVID-19, Pers Hygiene and Sanitation
The Kadamtala Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 21 Sector Assam Rifles and Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) organized a Lecture on COVID-19, Pers Hygiene and Sanitation at Vill New Kaiphundai, Tamenglong District in Manipur on 15 February 2021.
The Interaction encompassed the ongoing situation in Area, recent Govt projects for vaccination, guidelines and measures to fight against COVID-19. The villagers were briefed about upcoming development projects by Assam Rifles.
60 Villagers from Vill New Kaiphundai joined the interactive session and took a pledge to follow COVID-19 precautions.
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Assam Rifles hands over Water Storage Tank to village authorities in Manipur
The Kadamtala Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 21 Sector Assam Rifles and Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) constructed and handed over a Water Storage Tank to village authorities at Village New Kaiphundai, District - Tamenglong, Manipur on 28 December 2020.
The village of New Kaiphundai is remotely located in a mountainous area and faces acute water scarcity throughout the year due to limited water in the seasonal streams. The Kadamtala Battalion constructed a water storage tank for villagers of New Kaiphundai village. The water tank will alleviate the water problem of the local villages and improve their quality of life.
The contribution of the Battalion has been greatly appreciated by the villagers and they expressed their commitment towards establishing peace and development in the region.
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Manipur’s Wungngayam Muirang Creates History in Bengaluru’s 4-2 Win over Kerala Blasters
Wungngayam Muirang made history by becoming the first-ever Tangkhul footballer to feature in the Indian Super League.
The 21-year-old Ukhrul born defender who has played for top Indian clubs such as Shillong Lajong, Pune FC, and Gokulam Kerala came off the bench for Bengaluru in the club’s drubbing over Kerala Blasters in the ISL this evening.
Speaking to Ukhrul Times after his ISL debut, the young defender expressed his delight in making his first appearance in the ISL describing it as an “amazing feeling and a proud moment”.
Hailing from a football loving community in Manipur, the youngster added that his debut will hopefully inspire more youngster from his community (Tangkhul) to believe they can make it to the Indian top flight.
Wungngayam, however, believes that he himself needs to give more and prove more over the course of the season to merit his historic achievement in his community. “It doesn’t end here, this is just the start and I truly believe that there’s so much more to come. The hard work continues.” Wungngayam further added.
Naga Youth from Manipur Walks to Spread Message of Peace & Unity
A Nagaland youth from Manipur has undertaken an expedition peace mission walk by carrying an Indian National flag on his shoulders along with a Naga flag on his back to spread the message of peace, reconciliation and unity.
YS Mashungmi began walking from Dimapur in Nagaland on December 8 and reached Kohima the next day.
“I decided to travel across Nagaland to spread the message of peace, brotherhood, reconciliation and unity among the Naga people,” said Mashungmi.
He said that the flags he was carrying were a symbol of his pride and identity.
“My mission is to travel across Nagaland and finally reach Zunheboto”, he said.
The youth who belongs to the Tankhul Naga tribe, hails from Teinem village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district.
However, he grew up in Dimapur.
Manipur Students Body Threatens to Intensify Agitation, Demands VC Appointment
Students’ bodies in Manipur have threatened to intensify their agitation if the Centre fails to appoint a Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University by December 14.
Failure on the part of the Union ministry of Education to appoint regular vice-chancellor, students of Manipur University agitated on Saturday.
Several students’ organisations like the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), the Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF), the Kangleipak Students Association (KSA), the Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK), the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and the Apunba Ireipak-Ki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) have come together in protest.
Centrally-run Manipur University is currently functioning without a responsible administrator since December 1 after administrator Jarnail Singh (former Manipur chief secretary) was relieved from his service.
Alleging that the function of the varsity is in doldrum in the absence of a responsible administrator or vice-chancellor, Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) has been pressing the Union ministry of Education to appoint regular VC in-charge by setting December 4 deadline.
Failure on the part of the authority to come forth with a positive response, students of the varsity under the aegis of the MUSU started their stir since Saturday.
On the first day of the stir, students staged a sit-in protest inside the varsity campus. However, the students’ body is yet to decide the future course of stir to be launched pressing the authority to address their demand.
During the protest on Saturday, the students demanded immediate appointment of regular VC to carry on the administration of the varsity smoothly and save the varsity.
After the removal of Prof AP Pandey, the then VC of the varsity after the protests by students, teachers and non-teaching fraternities, the varsity was run with an administrator appointed by the High Court of Manipur till November 30.