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BJP top brass in crucial meeting to discuss Manipur poll strategy

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New Delhi: A crucial meeting of the BJP leadership is underway at the party headquarters to discuss the poll tactics for the poll bound Manipur state.

The meeting is being chaired by the national president JP Nadda in presence of the union home minister Amit Shah, incumbent Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, election in-charge Bhupendar Yadav, Ashok Singhal, Sambit Patra and other leaders.

The Manipur elections come right after the win in Assam and is said to be crucial as the chief minister Manipur N Biren Singh wants a complete BJP majority government to avoid any post poll deal with the alliance parties.

According to party sources, the BJP has set a target to secure at least 40 seats of the 60 member legislative assembly.

The BJP govt came to power in 2017, where the BJP secured 24 seats alone and formed the government with post poll alliance. The NDA has 36 MLAs with the NPP and NPF as its partners in the government.

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NSCN, Kuki militants held in Manipur with arms

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Imphal, Sep 26: The security forces on Saturday arrested four militants of a Kuki outfit and a top NSCN-IM cadre in Manipur and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession, officials said.

Police sources said that four hardcore militants of Kuki National Front (Mangkholam Kipgen faction) outfit have been arrested from the jungles near Gopibung village under Kangpokpi district.

The joint operation of Assam Rifles troopers and police personnel led to the recovery of two 9 mm pistols along with one magazine each and some live ammunition from the possession of the ultras.

In another operation, the Assam Rifles jawans apprehended a top cadre of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) on National Highway-2 at Maram in Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland.

A defence spokesman said that during interrogation, the NSCN (IM) militant revealed that he was working for the outfit since 2002 and he along with another cadre was involved in extortion and tax collection activities for the last two months.

The associate of the arrested NSCN (IM) rebel fled with the collected money on seeing the security forces.

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Manipur CM assures investigation from central agencies if need be

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Imphal: When the Centre is working hard for peace and development in North East, murder of a Naga leader Athuan Abonmai has certainly come as a setback. But after the widespread condemnation of the assassination of an influential tribal leader by unidentified militants, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh publicly apologised for the police inaction leading to the abduction and gunning down.

The Chief Minister said that 16 policemen including some troopers of Manipur Rifles have been suspended as Abonmai was shot dead soon after he was whisked away by gunmen from Tamenglong district headquarters on Wednesday. His bullet-riddled body was found on Thursday evening. Talking to the media at his office, Singh said that after getting reports that the policemen were mere onlookers while Abonmai was being dragged out and bundled into a waiting jeep, I wondered how the morale of the police had lowered to such an extent.

“The Police should have taken swift action and saved the life of Abonmai. We have suspended 16 police personnel including a few officers for dereliction of duty,” said the Chief Minister, who holds the Home Department. He said that Manipur Director General of Police L.M Khaute has constituted a high-level committee headed by Radhashyam Singh, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) while two other IG rank officials K. Kabib and Kamei Angam Romanus would be the members.

The Chief Minister said that his government would seek National Investigation Agency investigation if there are reasonable grounds of doubt of a nexus between some policemen and the terrorists. Singh said: “As the Home Minister and head of the government, I expressed my sincere apology to the bereaved family and the people for the cowardly action of murder of a popular public leader.”

Abonmai, the former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, a tribal-based local council in Tamenglong district and a leader of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), had been abducted on Wednesday when the Chief Minister, accompanied by his ministerial colleagues, visited the hill district bordering Assam and Nagaland to inaugurate some projects as a part of the state’s ‘Go to Hills’ campaign.

According to the police officials, the tribal leader was reportedly abducted while he was on his way to attend the Chief Minister’s programme. Local media reports said that 20 armed cadres of a hill-based extremist outfit kidnapped Abonmai near Pallong village. Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident with no militant group claiming responsibility for the abduction and killing of the tribal leader.

Many organisations condemned the incident and demanded an explanation from the perpetrators on the motive behind the assassination. Manipur Congress working president Keisham Meghachandra Singh describing Abonmai as the voice of unity and integrity of Manipur, said his assassination must be taken with the utmost seriousness and the perpetrators must be punished.

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Manipur CM apologises publicly, 16 cops suspended over tribal leader’s killing

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Imphal, Sep 24: After the widespread condemnation of the assassination of an influential tribal leader by unidentified militants, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday publicly apologised for the police inaction leading to the abduction and gunning down of Athuan Abonmai.

The Chief Minister said that 16 policemen including some troopers of Manipur Rifles have been suspended as Abonmai was shot dead soon after he was whisked away by gunmen from Tamenglong district headquarters on Wednesday. His bullet-riddled body was found on Thursday evening.

Talking to the media at his office, Singh said that after getting reports that the policemen were mere onlookers while Abonmai was being dragged out and bundled into a waiting jeep, I wondered how the morale of the police had lowered to such an extent.

“Police should have taken swift action and saved the life of Abonmai. We have suspended 16 police personnel including a few officers for dereliction of duty,” said the Chief Minister, who holds the Home Department.

He said that Manipur Director General of Police L.M Khaute has constituted a high level committee headed by Radhashyam Singh, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) while two other IG rank officials K. Kabib and Kamei Angam Romanus would be the members.

The Chief Minister said that his government would seek National Investigation Agency investigation if there are reasonable grounds of doubt of a nexus between some policemen and the terrorists.

Singh said: “As the Home Minister and head of the government, I expressed my sincere apology to the bereaved family and the people for the cowardly action of murder of a popular public leader.”

Abonmai, the former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, a tribal-based local council in Tamenglong district and a leader of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), had been abducted on Wednesday when the Chief Minister, accompanied by his ministerial colleagues, visited the hill district bordering Assam and Nagaland to inaugurate some projects as a part of the state’s ‘Go to Hills’ campaign.

According to the police officials, the tribal leader was reportedly abducted while he was on his way to attend the Chief Minister’s programme.

Local media reports said that 20 armed cadres of a hill-based extremist outfit kidnapped Abonmai near Pallong village.

Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident with no militant group claiming responsibility for the abduction and killing of the tribal leader.

Many organisations condemned the incident and demanded an explanation from the perpetrators on the motive behind the assassination.

Manipur Congress working president Keisham Meghachandra Singh describing Abonmai as the voice of unity and integrity of Manipur, said his assassination must be taken with the utmost seriousness and the perpetrators must be punished.

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