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UCM stands by Gorkha UG group assertion in Manipur

IMPHAL, Aug 1: United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Elangbam Johnson has categorically stated that the reports about presence of a Gorkha militant group at Kanglatongbi, Kalapahar, Saparmeina and other places predominantly inhabited by Gorkhas are genuine.

Quoting news reports published in a section of the media at Imphal, Johnson made this assertion while speaking to media persons at their Lamphelpat office today.

There were reports about Gorkha people carrying out wall-poster campaign for a militant group named United Gorkha People’s Front (UGPF).

Even today, walls painted with UGPF in red colour can be seen at public places.

There was no harm when the United Gorkha Committee Manipur (UGCM) contradicted presence of any Gorkha militant group but it was simply unacceptable if they claim themselves as indigenous or native people of Manipur, Johnson asserted.
Manipur Imphal Map
Manipur Imphal Map
Affirming that he spoke about the presence of UGPF during the Great June Uprising and Unity Day observation at Kekrupat on June 18 this year, Johnson said that he made the same statement in line with the UCM’s principle of not favouring any political manoeuvre driven by ethno-exclusive  political aspirations.

Already, many indigenous communities of the State have been undertaking political movements which are primarily driven by ethno-exclusive political aspirations. If non-indigenous people too join this bandwagon, the threat to Manipur’s integrity would only multiply.

The UCM has been/would be fighting against all attempts to jeopardise the integrity of Manipur, Johnson asserted.

He then appealed to all communities of the State not to launch political movements  driven by ethno-exclusive or parochial aspirations.

Affirming UGCM’s statement that Nepalese and Gorkhas came to Manipur around 1920, Johnson said that during those times the Foreign Department set up under the Maharaja-in-Council collected taxes from foreign immigrants as well as for the cattle they brought with them. Under the same system, taxes were also collected from Gorkhas.

When Manipur regained independence in 1947, the Manipur State Council granted citizenship to 1000 Gorkhas under the Manipur Nationalisation Act 1947.

Again, many Gorkhas were granted citizenship under the Foreigners Permission Act enacted in 1958 after Manipur was merged into the Indian Union. The same Act was amended in 1978 and all the Gorkhas who came to Manipur after 1978 were assumed as foreigners. By this time, a large number of Gorkhas had already settled in Manipur, Johnson said.

In similar fashion, large number of Marwaris, Telis and Bengalis settled in Manipur.

Yet, UCM is not opposed to any particularly community. They may claim as citizens of Manipur but it is unacceptable if they go to the extent of claiming themselves as indigenous or native people of Manipur, Johnson added.

Via thesangaiexpress

Suspected United Gorkha Peoples Organization Terrorists Arrested

Police raided  GTA member's (Sanjay Thulung's) home in Glenburn in connection with the arrest of two Suspected United Gorkha Peoples Organization Terrorists Arrested with a large cache of arms .
Assam police have arrested two individuals with a large cache of arms which includes M-16 rifle, two Beretta pistols, three .32 pistols, 300 ammunition of 9 mm pistol, 80 rounds for AK series assault rifles, 198 rounds of M-16 and 60 rounds of .32 pistol were recovered in the Tata Safari, according to Assam police.
Suspected United Gorkha Peoples Organization Terrorists Arrested
Suspected United Gorkha Peoples Organization Terrorists Arrested
The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) today said it is suspecting that a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized at Chapaguri under the Dhaligaon police station in Assam could have been used for subversive activities in West Bengal.

The revelation was made during the interrogation of two arrested youths — Umesh Kami (29) from Lankapara, Birpara thana in Alipurdwar district and Ganesh Chetry (53) from Baksha district of Assam. The two were allegedly carrying the consignment in a Tata Safari with West Bengal registration number WB74A 4788. The two allegedly have links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland.

It is alarming to note that many national news papers have wrongfully attributed Umesh Kami's residence as being Darjeeling and have thus pointed fingers at those associated with Gorkhaland demand. The Telegraph even got Umesh Kami's name wrong and has called him Umesh Thami.

In this regard Police sources in Darjeeling said that around 7.30pm today, a team raided the home of Sanjay Thulung, the GTA member from Glenburn.

A police source in Darjeeling said: “The raid was conducted in connection with the arms seizure in Assam.”

A three-member police team from Bengal today reached Assam to interrogate the arrested duo. “A team of Bengal police arrived in Chirang today to interrogate the two persons arrested in this connection,” a Assam police source said.

Officers of central intelligence agencies are also expected to reach Chirang tomorrow to interrogate the arrested duo.

Police are still unable to ascertain for whom the arms were being smuggled, however national media has attributed the arms to a new underground organization which is being called the "United Gorkha Peoples Organization." The Director General of Police was however uncertain and said that naming any organization without completing the investigation would be grossly wrong.

From: Telegraph

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