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Manipur: KIM held meetings with MHA officials, including Arambai Tenggol, regarding violence in the state

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Imphal, Jan 24: The Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) held a meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Arambai Tenggol regarding the violence in Manipur.

A special team of MHA headed by AK Mishra landed on a special charter flight from Delhi at Imphal airport on Monday afternoon at around 5:30 p.m. and straight away from the airfield met with the Arambai Tenggol leaders at the residence of Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba.

The MHA’s special team, headed by Advisor AK Mishra, Joint Director IB Mandeep Singh Tuli, and Joint Director SIB Imphal Rajesh Kumble, was reportedly sent by Union Home Minister Amit Shah barely a few days after the Arambai Tenggol summoned a meeting of all Meitei MLAs and MPs at Kangla on January 24.

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The group had demanded the compulsory attendance of all the Meitei MLAs and MPs or face the consequences, while it had also warned that none of the MLAs and MPs should resign before the January 24 meeting, amid speculation about the possible resignation of the Chief Minister and MLAs in the social media and some mainstream media.

The Arambai Tenggol’s leader, Korounganba Khuman, after the meeting with the MHA team, shared on Facebook the specific demands raised during the meeting.

The demands include strict NRC in the state with 1951 as the base year, abrogation of the SoO agreement with the Kuki militants, deportation of all Myanmarese refugees to Mizoram, border fencing, removal of Assam Rifles and replacement with other central forces, and delisting Kukis from the ST list.

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The Kuki apex body further alleged that Arambai Tenggol is illegally in possession of more than 6,000 sophisticated weapons and a significant stockpile of ammunition, purportedly provided by the Manipur state government, while the group is acknowledged for harboring Valley-Based Insurgent Groups, or the VBIGs, under its banner.

KIM then stated that the unsettling meeting raised “grave apprehensions” regarding the MHA’s strategy for addressing the protracted ethnic crisis, now spanning eight months.

Read: Heavy security presence at Kangla Fort as the local group demands Ministers and MLAs to address unabated violence in Manipur

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