Maoist leader brought back to Imphal

Maoist leader brought back to Imphal
Arrested top Manipur Maoist leader Sapamcha Kangleipal being brought to Imphal from Patna on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 11 | Publish Date: 8/11/2019 12:21:59 PM IST

Manipur police on Sunday brought back the three underground leaders, including top leader of Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) who were arrested from Bihar’s Patna few days ago.

Among the arrested leaders of two underground groups, Sapamcha Kangleipal alias Chiranglen alias Sarat (37) who is alleged to be a top leader of the MCPM was wanted by the Manipur government ever since he escaped from jail 11 years ago.

He was arrested by a joint team of Manipur police and Patna police from Hardinge Road near Patna Junction of Bihar on August 8 last along with two leaders of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)- Peoples’ War Group (PWG) ; Wahengbam Thoi Luwang alias Thawai Lakpa (36) of Wabagai Terapishak and Kangabam Roshan (27) of Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal.

They were brought to Imphal after Manipur police took transit remand for five days from Patna court in connection with cases pending with them at various police stations of the state.

The trio were brought to Imphal separately. Kangleipal was transported to Imphal by a police team on an Indigo flight,  while the two KCP(PWG) leaders were brought back on another flight on Sunday. 

As soon as they arrived at Imphal, police took them in a bullet proof vehicle and left the airport immediately, refusing to even interact  with their family members who were waiting for their arrival at the airport.

Kangleipal who the police claimed to be a top leader of the MCPM hailed from Nongada Awang Leikai under Lamlai police station of Imphal East district.

He escaped from the security ward of JNIMS hospital, Imphal where he was lodged for medical treatment on the intervening night of December 28 and 29, 2008.

He was in judicial custody after Manipur police arrested him in May 2008 and detained him under NSA for allegedly making seditious remark on state government establishment of Special Police Officers (SPOs) to protect villagers of Heirok in Thoubal district.

He was the president of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MFYF), a civil society organisation at that time and he made seditious remark during a press conference held in Imphal.

After he escaped, he was declared wanted by the Manipur government. Rumours were also doing the rounds that he joined a major rebel group engaging in armed struggle to regain the sovereignty of Manipur.

Later, he lead the Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM), an armed group that came up after years he escaped from jail. Police claimed that he was behind the operation of the outfit. Amidst the rumours, Kangleipal was in the news after the MCPM announced that he (Sapamcha Kangleipal) will lead the movement for protection of indigenous people and was prepared for self-immolation in front of Kangla fort gate in Imphal in November 2017. It was the time when the popular demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit System or a similar mechanism to regulate entry of migrants into the state was at its peak.

He will be produced in the court of Imphal East chief judicial magistrate for necessary police custody in connection with FIR cases pending against them in some police stations in Imphal East district.

The two other leaders of KCP (PWG) will also produce before the Imphal West chief judicial magistrate in connection with an FIR registered against them by Lamphel PS in May this year, police source said.


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