The members of a Manipur based insurgent group have been convicted by a special NIA court in Guwahati. The quantum of the punishment will be announced tomorrow.
Background of the case is that the cadres of proscribed terrorist organization/gang PREPAK/UPPK, having the aim and objective of formation of an independent Manipur by secession of Manipur State from the Union of India, were involved in a criminal conspiracy to wage war against Government of India thereby threatening the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India.
They had resorted to armed struggle to achieve their objective and in pursuance they had also recruited a number of cadres and trained them in carrying out terrorist activities. They were also involved in raising funds by way of illegal means including extortion from the government officials, businessmen, professionals and civilians. They had opened several bank accounts under assumed identities by using forged documents to channelize the funds which were further invested in movable/ immovable assets across the country and abroad, during the period from 2010 to 2012.
Those convicted include, General Secretary Ningthoujam Shanti Meitei, Laishram Jiten Singh, Langpoklakpam Inaocha Singh and Major Elangbam Bobo.