A day after two of his close associates announced Manipur’s separation from India and subsequent formation of Manipur State Council, Manipur’s titular King Leishemba Sanajaoba Wednesday denied giving any such permission to them for making such a declaration.
As per reports carried in local dailies, the announcement was made by Narengbam Samarjit, who claims to be the Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council alongside Yambem Biren, Chief Minister of the council at a press conference in London.
Samarjit and Biren said the government-in-exile would be based in Central London as per the instructions of the King. Reports further said the duo alleged that the Narendra Modi government was intolerant and believed in the assimilation of small communities for the sake of Hindutva supremacy and that Manipur had been under the rule of draconian laws like AFPSA for over 70 years.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh convened an emergency press conference at his Cabinet room on Wednesday and said an FIR had been lodged against Narengbam Samarjit, who made the announcement.
Samarjit has been charged under IPC Sections 121, 121A, 124A, 124B for waging war against the nation. “This is a very serious issue. Since Samarjit is operating from overseas, the case will be handed over the case to NIA,” Biren Singh said.
Singh said the initial investigation would be handed over to the crime branch as the issue demands immediate intervention. “The crime branch has been instructed to conduct an initial investigation and the report of which will be sent to the NIA,” the CM said.
Narengbam Samarjit, who is also chairman-cum-managing director of Salai Holdings Private Limited, has been removed from his post by the board of directors. The company, which deals with supply, investments among others, has a vast network across the country and abroad. The board of directors clarified that the company had nothing to do with Samarjit’s activities.
Samarjit was also removed from the post of the president of the Central Working Committee of the North East India Development Party (NEIDP). NEIDP is a regional party, formed in 2015, which fielded a handful of candidates in the Assembly elections and also in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.