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Self-appointed Manipur Ministers in London Face Sedition Charges

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Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit at the press conference

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that a case has been registered at Imphal police station here against Yambem Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh for waging war against the State …. reports Asian Lite News

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. (File Photo: IANS)

The two separatist leaders who announced the launch of the so called “Manipur government-in-exile” in London have been charged with sedition and facing a probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that he has ordered an NIA probe against the “ministers” who claimed to have gained asylum in the UK.

Addressing a press briefing at capital Imphal, the Manipur chief minister said that a case has been registered at Imphal police station here against Yambem Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh for waging war against the State.

The two leaders had claimed on Tuesday that they were representing titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba. However, Sanajaoba said on Wednesday that he has nothing to do with the announcement made by the duo.

The chief minister told reporters here that officials have been directed to hand over the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) and there will a thorough investigation into the affairs of N Samarjit Singh and Salai Holdings Private Limited.

Addressing a press conference in London, Yamben Biren claimed himself to be the “Chief Minister of Manipur State Council” and Narengbam Samarjit claimed to be the “Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council”.

They said they were speaking on behalf of the ‘Maharaja of Manipur’ to formally launch the government-in-exile — “The Manipur State Council”.

Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit at the press conference

Sanajaoba said he is not related with the announcement made by the leaders claiming to be his representatives for separation of the state. He, however, admitted that the leaders sought his approval for going to London to collect important antique documents and photographs relating to the history of Manipur as the state had been under the British rule for a short period.

They also sought his authorisation letter so that they could get easy access to the important documents as well as photographs which he provided in good faith.

The king said that he has no knowledge of their plan and he is not related with the announcement in London.

At a media interaction in London, Biren and Samarjit had produced documents to show they have been granted political asylum in the UK in August this year. They said after getting their asylum status in the UK, “the de jure government is shifted from Manipur to London”.

The two said that they would make an appeal to Queen Elizabeth II and after getting an order from the Privy Council they would move the United Nations for recognition.

They claimed the “sovereign state of Manipur” was excluded from India by the Manipur king’s order in council on December 27, 1946, and accused the Indian government of annexing the state in 1949.

“We believe that now is the right time to make public the independent government of Manipur before the international community and seek recognition,” they told reporters. “We call on all the governments of the sovereign states of the members of the United Nations for their recognition of the de jure and exile government of Manipur from today onwards.”

The dissidents claimed their “attempts to engage with the Indian government were met with hate and hostilities”. Biren and Samarjit claimed there were “more than 1,528 cases of extrajudicial killings” pending in Supreme Court.

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