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35 militant outfits operating in Manipur

IMPHAL, July 21 – Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Monday informed the ongoing Assembly session that there are around 35 militant organisations in the State.

Replying to a question by Opposition MLA Morung Makunga, the Chief Minister said there are around eight valley-based militant groups excluding 10 factions of Kangleipak Communist Party while the hills claim 23 groups including 19 Kuki and four Naga outfits.

The eight valley-based groups are United National Liberation Front, People’s Liberation Army, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, United People’s Party of Kangleipak, Kangleipak Communist Party, Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council) and People’s United Liberation Front.

The four Naga groups are National Socialist Council of Nagalim(IM), National Socialist Council of Nagaland(K), Naga National Council and Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front.

The Kuki militant groups include Kuki National Organisation (KNO), Kuki National Front(Military Council), Kuki National Front (Zogam), United Socialist Revolutionary Army (Old Kuki), United Komrem Revolutionary Army, Zomi Reunification Front, Zou Defence Volunteers, Hmar National Army, Kuki Revolutionary Army (Unification), Kuki Liberation Army (KLA-KNO), Kuki National Army while those under United People’s Front (UPF) are Kuki Revolutionary Army, Kuki National Front, United Kuki Liberation Front, Kuki Liberation Army (KLA-UPF), Zomi Revolutionary Army, Kuki National Front(S), Hmar People’s Conference and Zou Defence Volunteers (ZDF-UPF).

These Kuki groups are presently under ‘Suspension of Operation’ with the government. Besides all these groups there are also four hill- based smaller groups namely United Naga People’s Council Komrem,Komrem People’s Army, Kuki Revolutionary Front and Sinlung People’s Liberation Army and one more valley-based smaller group Kangleipak People’s Liberation Army, he said in his reply.

Reacting to a supplememtary question, Ibobi said the expenditure incurred in dealing with the Suspension of Operation with the 19 Kuki outfits are borne by the State Government on the ground that it would be later reimbursed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He, however, could not provide information relating to the issue of identity cards to the Kuki militants who were under SoO. “I will provide the information within the session”, he assured. On the question of alleged utilisation of Kuki militants by the security forces, he said there is no ground rules for such activities. Necessary action will be taken up if the report is true, he said. (Source - The Assam Tribune)

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