Court puts on trial three suspected northeast insurgents
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 18:38
New Delhi: A Delhi court has ordered trial of three Manipuri youths, suspected to be the members of northeast-based banned insurgent outfit Kanjalipak Communist Party, for allegedly raising fund for terror activities.

Additional Sessions Judge S S Rathi ordered their trial while framing charges against them for allegedly committing offences under the anti-terror law UAPA.

"Prima facie offences punishable under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) are made out against the three accused persons," the judge said.

While framing charges against the trio -- Chongtham Manglemajao Singh, Nagriyambam Rattan Singh and Naorem Amumacha Singh -- the court discharged their fourth associate Chongtham Ibomacha Singh of the charges and ordered his release from Tihar Jail, where he is lodged along with the three others since their arrest on January 17, 2009.

Ibomacha is Manglemajao's younger brother. The four were arrested by Special Cell sleuths of the city police from a house in Govindpuri in South Delhi and were found having, among other incriminating documents, photocopy of a letter to the Manipur Governor, demanding fund for KCP's terror activities.

The letter, purportedly written by KCP general secretary Manglemajao, demanded fund for the outfit to the tune of five per cent of the state budget, two per cent of the government contracts, besides a part of the fund allocated for state government employees' salaries.

The court noted that the police had recovered a diary from Manglemajao, who had scripted notings for various media houses, asking their editors for financial assistance to the outfit's fight for Manipur's "independence".

The court ordered trial of Nagriyambam, Manglemajao's brother-in-law, on charges of harbouring militants, as police had recovered a cell phone belonging to him but used by Manglemajao to facilitate his terror activities.

The court said although there was no specific evidence against Nagriyambam that he was an active member of the outfit and he might have come here for his wife's treatment but he was harbouring Manglemajao and gave his mobile phone to him.

The court put Naorem on trial, noting that he was found in possession of two books -- one on ideologies of various Manipur insurgent groups and the other on the state's history -- besides his fake identity card, forcibly procured from a media house.

The court freed Ibomacha, saying, "Prosecution has not been able to make out even a prima facie case against him."

The police had recovered Rs 25,000 from Ibomacha and had said the money was to be used for terror activities of the group. Ibomacha's counsel Ghanshyam Sharma, however, had argued that his client was innocent.

"The meagre sum of Rs 25,000 was brought to financially assist his (Ibomacha) sister who is a critical patient of paralysis and is undergoing treatment at AIIMS since 2000," Sharma had said.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 18:38

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