NIA files charge sheet against five people belonging to a self-styled organization in Manipur. Source- The Hindustan Times
The NIA has filed a charge sheet against two separatist leaders from Manipur. Three other people were also named in this very charge sheet.
In a probe, the NIA found information related to the formation of a self-styled organization. The organization declared Manipur's Independence from India. They also collected fundings for their illegal activities. According to officials, the organization had announced the launch of the 'Manipur Government-in-exile'.
Narengam Samarjit Singh and Yamben Biren are the two alleged leaders. Narengbam Biswajit Singh, Elangbam Brojendro Singh, and Akoijam Deepa Anand are their associates. Their names are also mentioned in the charge sheet.
In a press conference held in London (2019), Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh were present. They said that they were speaking on behalf of the 'Maharaja of Manipur'. Here, Yamben Biren claimed to be the 'Chief Minister of Manipur State Council'. Whereas, Narengbam Samarjit Singh claimed to be the 'Minister Of External Affairs' and 'Defence of Manipur State Council'.
The five people have been charged under the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The charge sheet was filed before a special NIA court in Imphal, Manipur.
NIA Spokesperson Jaya Roy stated that the case was initially filed at the Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West on October 30, 2019. The case pertains to the formation of the Manipur State Council in London on October 29, 2019. Narengbam Samarjit Singh and Yamben Biren then declared Manipur independent of the Union of India.
Roy also stated that their investigation revealed many things about the leaders. Narengbam Samarjit Singh was the chairman and the MD of Salai Group of Companies. He was also a member of the SMART Society. He along with his associates collected huge amounts of money illegally. He invited these deposits to his company by promising 36% annual returns.