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324 cases pending against NSCN (IM): Ibobi
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 19:
Published on 19 Jul. 2010 10:56 PM IST
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A total of 324 criminal and other cases allegedly involving leaders of the NSCN (IM) and its cadres were registered with the Manipur police from 1997 till June 30 of the current year, 2010, Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh said who is also looking after the home portfolio.
NSCN (IM), general secretary Thuingangleng Muivah himself is also involved in some of cases, O Ibobi Singh said in reply to a question raised by the opposition in the House of the Assembly during the question hour.
Out of the 324 cases, charge-sheets of three cases had been submitted, 179 cases returned in FR (Final Report) and 142 cases were pending, the Chief Minister said asserting year-wise number of cases as six in 1997, 27 in 1998, 42 in 1999, 39 in 2000, 25 in 2001, 33 in 2002, 15 in 2003, 27 in 2004, 17 in 2005, 20 in 2006, 23 in 2007, 26 in 2008, 17 in 2009 and 7 in 2010 till June 30.
However, he added Manipur government had returned all the cases against the two factions pending till 1997 as part of paving ways to sign the ceasefire trust with GoI considering the initiative taken up for peace in the neighbouring state of Nagaland.
On the question of Manipur government ban on the entry of general secretary of NSCN (IM) into Manipur territory, the Chief Minister said that Th Muivah is the leader of an outfit which was banned in the state. Even though Government of India lifted ban on the two factions of the NSCN (IM and K) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, Manipur government had not lifted the Act.
He reiterated that the two organizations signing ceasefire trust with the Government of India since 1997 do not cover Manipur and that was why, Manipur government refused the request of Union ministry of Home affairs to allow Muivah to enter the state and visit his native village.
“We convinced the ground reasons behind our objection to the ministry’s (Union Home Ministry) insistence to allow him (Muivah) to inter into the state and also warned of arresting him if he tries to enter forcibly,” Ibobi said in the House of the state Assembly while giving reply to a question raised from the opposition bench.
In reply to the question raised by opposition member MLA RK Anand of Manipur People Party (MPP) that why not state government tried to arrest Th Muivah when he travelled openly within the country, the Chief Minister replied that the outfit was no more baned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Ibobi also recalled that in 1997 when NK Narayan was the Governor of Manipur he had initiated the Union Home Ministry on arresting Th Muivah in connection with the pending cases against him by placing the details of the investigations of the cases but the ministry had not given any comment or reply in it.
Not only Muivah but leaders and cadres of the NSCN (IM) will be arrested if they were intercepted by the security forces engaging in counter insurgency operation, the Chief Minister said reiterating government stand on the proposed visit of Th Muivah to the state.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister today admitted in the House that some cadres of the Kuki based militants under Suspension of Operation were violating round rules of the tripartite agreement signed with government of India and Manipur on one side and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People Front (UPF) separately on the other side. Actions against the violators were taking up after the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) headed by the state Chief Secretary examined the cases of violations. As for instant, the monthly stipends enjoyed by the leaders and cadres of Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRO), a group under UPF was held up since the group’s involvement in extortion of Rs 4 lakh from a bank in Churachandpur district.
The action against the outfit was a warning to other ground rule violators and as many as 30 cases of violation of ground rules by 19 outfits maintaining trust under the SoO are under close examination.
In reply to cross question, the Chief Minister said that developments of infrastructures of 10 designation camps were under progress.
Once the constructions of the designation camps complets and cadres were allowed to stay by depositing their arms under the agreements, the extortion activities and other violation of ground rules could be checked, he said admitting that cadres of the outfits currently staying nearby the Assam Rifles camps used to come out in the night time to carry out extortion and other crimes.

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