Terror groups becoming active in Manipur, may stoke tension: Security officials

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After some gunshots left an Army officer severely injured in Manipur last week, security officials on Monday warned against the resurgence of some terror groups and their revival in the strife-torn state. Officials also said that terrorists are possibly mingling with the crowds, news agency PTI reported.

Terrorists belonging to banned groups United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were allegedly part of the mob from which gunshots were fired.

Lt Colonel Raman Tyagi was injured during a standoff with a group of people, including Meira Paibis (women vigilantes). The group allegedly tried to attack tribals but were stopped by the army and the Assam Rifles.

TERRORISTS PART OF CROWD

After an investigation into the firing incident, security agencies concluded that terrorists were part of the crowd. With this, the officials yet again warned about the resurgence of banned terrorist groups in the violence-hit northeastern state.

To name a few, terror groups — UNLF, PLA, Kanglei Yawol Kanba Lup (KYKL) and People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) groups — have been resuming operations again.

UNLF has a cadre strength of 330 followed by PLA with 300 and KYKL with 25 who were active within the groups of the majority community, the officials said.

MEMBERS OF BANNED OUTFIT ARRESTED

The Army and Assam Rifles nabbed 12 members of KYKL in East Imphal including self-styled ‘Lt Colonel’ Moirangthem Tamba alias Uttam, on June 24. This is when security agencies saw the increasing support for banned terror groups.

Uttam was one of the masterminds of the ambush on 6 Dogra regiment in 2015 that left 18 army soldiers dead.

The UNLF has a history of engaging in extortion activities targeting contractors and businessmen, while the PLA initially formed under the name ‘Polei’ with the aim of liberating Manipur and establishing an independent Meitei land in Imphal Valley.

KYKL, which sustains itself through extortion and openly supports other terror groups, is considered a mercenary group lacking ideology, with most of its cadres comprising criminals and drug addicts.

PREPAK, banned by the government due to its secessionist ideology claiming to liberate Manipur, primarily funds itself through extortion, particularly from pharmacies.

Over 160 people have lost their lives ever since ethnic clashes broke out in Manipur on May 3. Members of the Meitei and Kuki communities clashed during a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ taken out to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for ST status.

With PTI inputs

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Sep 11, 2023

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