A case has been registered against dissident leaders Yambem Biren and Narengbam Samarjit Singh, who announced “Manipur government-in-exile” in London for waging a war against the state, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference in Imphal, the Manipur CM said that he has directed officials to handover the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He also ordered a thorough investigation into the affairs of Samarjit Singh and Salai Holdings Private Limited, a company where he hold the post of its director.
On Tuesday, the separatist duo had announced the so-called government-in-exile. While Yamben Biren claimed himself to be the “Chief Minister of Manipur State Council”, Narengbam Samarjit claimed to be the “Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council”.
The duo claimed that they represented titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba and were speaking on behalf of the ‘Maharaja of Manipur’ to formally launch the government-in-exile—“The Manipur State Council”.
Sanajaoba, however, rebutted their claim and said that he had nothing to do with the announcement. He said that the leaders sought his approval for going to London to collect important antique documents and photographs relating to the history of Manipur but their announcement claiming to be his representatives for separation of the state was false.
Meanwhile, E Brojendro, Vice-chairman of Salai Holdings Pvt Ltd, told media that Samarjit Singh has been removed from the post of Director.