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Bank accounts of 2 Manipur separatist leaders frozen

The dissident political leaders on Tuesday said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain

Update : 04 Nov 2019, 10:30 PM

Northeastern Indian state of Manipur’s government has frozen all the bank accounts of two separatist leaders on grounds of waging a war against India and the state government, reported ANI.

“All bank accounts in the name of separatists Yambem Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh shall be frozen with immediate effect,” read the government order issued on Friday.

The dissident political leaders on Tuesday said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain.

The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from Britain, but has since seen decades-long violent separatist campaigns.

Manipur state government has filed a case against Biren and Samarjit. The case will be later handed over to the country’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), reported Hindustan Times.

Manipur, one of India's smallest states with a population of around just 2.8 million people, is one of the so-called "Seven Sisters" - a group of restive northeastern states.

The region, encircled by five other countries and connected to the rest of India by a sliver of land arching over Bangladesh, has been wracked by armed conflict and instability. 

It has spawned more than 100 militant groups over the decades whose demands range from autonomy to secession.

Violence has been part of daily life for decades in Manipur, which borders Myanmar, with a strong presence of the Indian military.

The state has a strong ethnic mix, and its Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal communities are all deeply committed to preserving their own cultural autonomy.

Its people have also always tended to look eastwards in their search for cultural links.


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