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- Arrested KYKL rebel targeted migrant labourers

Nov. 13, 2013: Assassination of H. Manisana, vice-president of the Manipur People’s Party, in Imphal

Nov. 7, 2013: Attack on betel godown at Thangmeiband Polem Leikai, Imphal

Sept. 13, 2013: Eight migrant labourers killed, 10 seriously injured in grenade attack in Imphal

July 16, 2013: Attempt to assassinate RIMS director Dr Sekhorjit

June 27, 2013: Two killed in an attack at Puripok in Imphal

May 25, 2009: Assassination of professor Islamuddin of Manipur University. Case under CBI

New Delhi, Feb. 23: The discredit list is long and the militant under whose command the attacks were carried out, W. Jayanta Singh alias Lakpa alias Dilip, is the head of the “dirty tricks department” of Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), which has particularly targeted migrant labourers and non-Manipuris.

“It was on Dilip’s direct orders that the labourers were killed in that grenade attack,” a source in the home ministry told The Telegraph.

The KYKL leader was arrested by Bihar police on the Nepal border last Wednesday while “sneaking into” India. His arrest comes at a time when the debate on racism has taken centre stage after the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania.

Activists from the Northeast have also decried alleged racist attacks on Hindi-speaking people in the Northeast and demanded an anti-racial discrimination legislation.

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh had recently attributed attacks on non-northeasterners in the region to “other reasons” and not racism.

A debate on migrant labour from Bangladesh is a centrepiece of politics in the region. Ibobi Singh, however, has strong views against militancy.

Dilip has been living in Nepal as a businessman for the past six years under the name Lakpa and like other top northeastern militant leaders, maintains properties in the neighbouring country.

He was produced before a magistrate in Patna on Thursday by the CBI, which has a case against him and has declared a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, sources said.

The National Investigation Agency is also looking into terrorism cases, including crimes by the KYKL. “We are verifying the case,” said an NIA source.

KYKL chairman Namoijam Oken is known to have shelters in Myanmar, China and Thailand and reportedly carries a Nepali passport. He is an important member of Corcom, an umbrella organisation of Imphal valley-based outfits trying to unify the different militant outfits of the Northeast at the behest of their Chinese mentors, government sources said.

Valley-based insurgency in Manipur gained a foothold after the emergence of the United National Liberation Force (UNLF) in 1964, soon after Nagaland was carved out of Assam.

Earlier, it was the Nagas fighting in the Manipur Naga Hills while the Kuki outfits gained momentum in the early 1990s when the KYKL was also formed.

Of the 78 militant outfits listed in the Northeast, over 60 are based in Manipur’s hills and valley and the KYKL is considered an influential group.


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