'Manipur Government in Exile' Case: NIA brings back Salai founder Narengbam Samarjit to Imphal
The NIA arrested N Samarjit at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi on Thursday morning
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday brought back Salai Group of Companies founder director Narengbam Samarjit Singh, who was arrested in Delhi on Thursday in connection with the "Manipur government in-exile case", to Imphal.
Supporters of the self-proclaimed external-defence minister of Manipur State Council (MSC) shouted "Long Live Samarjit", "Long Live Manipur," as he arrived at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal on Monday.
The case pertains to the declaration of independence of Manipur from the Union of India and formation of Manipur State Council at London on October 29, 2019, by Samarjit Singh and Yambem Biren.
The NIA arrested Salai chairman and managing director Samarjit at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi on Thursday morning in connection with the case. He was travelling from London in an Air India flight which landed in Delhi on Wednesday.
Samarjit was produced at court number 5 of Patiala Court, New Delhi at around 2 pm on Friday. The NIA sought transit remand for Samarjit to the court. Following the plea, the judge allowed till March 31 to take Samarjit to Manipur.
The NIA was alerted about Samarjit because of his “separatist stance of a de-jure Manipur government based in London” along with Yambem Biren, who proclaimed himself as the de-jure Chief Minister of Manipur. Both have been taking provisional asylum in London since 2020.
On March 23, the NIA filed a charge sheet against Yamben Biren and Narengbam Samarjit and their associates Narengbam Biswajit Singh, Elangbam Brojendro Singh and Akoijam Deepa Anand under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The NIA filed the charge sheet in its probe related to the formation of the MSC that declared Manipur’s independence from India and collected funds for its illegal activities.
Samarjit is likely to be produced before the duty magistrate in the evening, sources said.