FIR lodged against individual behind announcement of Manipur’s independence

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CM says case will be handed over to NIA

IMPHAL, Oct 30 (Newmai): Barely a day after the announcement of “Manipur’s separation from India” and formation of the “Manipur State Council” in London went viral on social media, the Manipur government on Wednesday initiated an investigation after lodging a case.

On late Tuesday, two individuals–Yambem Biren (claimed to be chief minister of Manipur State Council) and Narengbam Samarjit (claimed to be minister of external affairs and defence of Manipur State Council) – announced the formation of “Manipur government in exile” in London.

While announcing the launch of “Manipur government in exile”, it was claimed that they were speaking on behalf of the Maharaja of Manipur which titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba denied immediately after the report went viral on social media late Tuesday night.

Noting the announcement seriously, Manipur police has lodged an FIR at Lamphel police station of Imphal West district and initiated an investigation.

Informing the lodging of the FIR, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh informed that the FIR was lodged under section 121, 123, 124 (a), 505(b) and 102 (b) of the IPC against Narengbam Samarjit, Salai Holding Private Ltd, non-governmental company registered at Registrar of Companies, Shillong, of which he is the founder chairman.

However, it was not known whether a case has also been lodged or nor against Yambem Biren.

Addressing a press conference, the chief minister said that the state government took the announcement made by the two individuals as their revelations were “war against the nation”.

As he is operating from another country, for the time being, the case would be handed over to Special Crime Branch (SCB) of the state police to investigate about Samarjit and the company and its subsidiary units related with him, N Biren Singh said.

The finding of the investigation and other individuals involved in the case will be made public within a week’s time, he announced.

Based on the investigation, Manipur government will consider handing over the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for taking up necessary legal action against the two leaders.

The separation and formation of the Manipur State Council that stunt the people of the state soon after it went viral on social media was made during a press conference in London on Tuesday night.

They claimed that they made the announcement regarding the formation of the Manipur State Council on behalf of the Maharaja of Manipur. The exiled government will be based in Central London.

They produced a document showing that His Highness the Maharaja of Manipur had authorised them by the Order No. 12 of 2013 dated the March 15, 2013 to solve the political problems of the state of Manipur, media reports said.

However, Manipur titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba denied the claim and said that he has no idea of the development.

“The report that went viral on social media has surprised me. I have no idea of what Narengbam Samarjit had announced,” Sanajaoba said.


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