Manipur government in exile

Manipur government in exile[1] was a self-claimed governing body of the de jure government of Manipur under Manipur State Constitution Act 1947.[2] On 29 October 2019, two dissident leaders addressed a press conference in London and announced Declaration of Independence of Manipur from India and stated that they will reach out to the United Nations for recognition. They said a de jure government was formed on 14 March 2012.[3] Representatives for the State of Manipur's King Leishemba Sanajaoba announced in a press release that they "believe that now is the right time to [form] the Independent Government of Manipur before the international community to announce our independent status and to seek recognition." They also called on members of the United Nations to recognize them as an exile government.[4] They further claim that "the sovereign State of Manipur was excluded from India by the Order in Council by his Majesty on 27 December 1946" and accused the Indian Government of annexing Manipur State in violation of the Act 1949.[5] They said they will present a resolution to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[6] The Government of Manipur filed a case against the separatist leaders for waging war on the state.[7] Titular Maharaja of Manipur distanced himself from the dissident leaders.[8]

De jure Government of Manipur
ꯃꯅꯤꯄꯨꯔ ꯃꯅꯤꯡ ꯇꯝꯕ ꯂꯩꯉꯥꯛ
Constitutional Monarchy
Executive branch
Chief MinisterYambem Biren
Main bodyManipur State Council
Minister of External Affairs and DefenceNarengbam Samarjit

Arrest of leadersEdit

On 29 March 2021, Self-styled Minister of Defense Narengbam Samarjit was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi while coming back to India via an Air India flight which landed in Delhi on Wednesday.[9][10]

NIA had filed a chargesheet against the five accused persons, including Samarjit and Yambem Biren, at the NIA Special Court, Manipur. They were charged under Sections 120B and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 13 and 17 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.[11]

On 1 April, a Special NIA court sent Narengbam Samarjit to police custody for 13 days.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indian Manipur separatists announce exiled government in UK". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Annexation of Manipur as the 19th State of India: The Status of the Territory of Manipur in International Law since 1949". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  3. ^ Canton, Naomi (31 October 2019). "An unusual press conference in London, but not one without precedent". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Manipur leaders announce separation from India". www.thenews.com.pk. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Manipur dissident leaders announce a 'government in exile' in U.K." The Hindu. PTI. 30 October 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 1 November 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Manipur dissident leaders announce a 'government in exile' in U.K." The Hindu. 30 October 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Case of waging war on state filed against dissidents for 'Manipur govt in exile': CM". Deccan Chronicle. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Am shocked, says Manipur's ex-maharaja on 'govt-in-exile' move by dissidents". Hindustan Times. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Separatist leader, who declared Manipur's independence in London brought back to Imphal by NIA". The Indian Express. 13 May 2021.
  10. ^ "NIA court sends separatist leader, who declared Manipur's independence in London, to custody for 13 days". Indian Express. 1 April 2021.
  11. ^ "NIA court sends separatist leader, who declared Manipur's independence in London, to custody for 13 days". Indian Express. 1 April 2021.
  12. ^ "NIA court sends separatist leader, who declared Manipur's independence in London, to custody for 13 days". Indian Express. 1 April 2021.

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