NIA arrests key accused in Manipur violence conspiracy at Imphal Airport

NIA arrests key accused in Manipur violence conspiracy at Imphal Airport

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a crucial figure at Imphal Airport, believed to be involved in a transnational conspiracy with insurgents and terrorist groups. This arrest is part of a broader effort to dismantle networks fueling violence and terror in Manipur and the northeastern states.

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  • NIA arrests key accused at Imphal Airport
  • Individual linked to transnational terror conspiracy
  • Efforts ongoing to dismantle terror networks in Manipur

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a key accused at Imphal Airport as part of a broader investigation into a transnational conspiracy involving insurgents and terrorist groups aiming to escalate violence in Manipur and spread terror across the northeastern states.

The accused, identified as Thongminthang Haokip alias Thangboi Haokip alias Roger, is a member of the Kuki National Front-Military Council (KNF-MC). He has been apprehended under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case registered suo motu by the NIA on July 19 last year.

According to the NIA statement, the conspiracy was orchestrated by Kuki and Zomi insurgents, backed by terrorist organizations in the northeastern states and neighboring Myanmar. Their objective was to exploit the ongoing ethnic unrest in the region and wage war against the government of India through violent attacks.

Roger was found to have been actively involved in attacks on security forces at multiple locations during the insurgency and violence. He was also in contact with the insurgent group Kuki National Front-Burma (KNF-B) in Myanmar, seeking logistics support to escalate the volatile situation in Manipur and instill fear among the populace.

NIA investigations further revealed that Roger had meetings with leaders of PDF/KNF-B (Myanmar) to procure arms, ammunition, and explosives for use in the ongoing violence in Manipur. He confessed to participating in several armed attacks against security forces and rival groups in the state, acknowledging his affiliation with Kuki National Front-Military Council and United Tribal Volunteers (UTV).

The NIA emphasized that ongoing investigations aim to identify and apprehend others involved in the conspiracy, thwarting the plans of terrorist outfits to disrupt peace and stability in the northeastern region. This development comes amidst ethnic strife in Manipur, which erupted last year, resulting in the loss of lives and posing significant challenges to security forces in the state.

Edited By: sanchayaita roy
Published On: Jun 06, 2024