‘Mark Haokip is preident of an outfit’

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Imphal: Mark T Haokip who was arrested in  connection with spreading false propaganda leading to tense situations on many occasions has appeared to be self-styled president of a Kuki outfit.

Inspector general of police, Zone-I, Themthing Ngasangva said it was established during the course of investigation that Mark T Haokip is found to be self-styled president of an outfit “Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kukiland” which aims to establish a Kuki nation.

Themthing told reporters at the conference hall of superintendent of police, Imphal West, Babupara on Tuesday that police established Mark as self-style president of the outfit from a reliable source. On detail enquiry it was also established that there are others as secretary, secretary political affairs and press secretary, which Mark confessed and it is clearly established from their press release and their website domain as well, he added.

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The outfit was established in 2019 with an aim for an “Independent Hill Country/Kuki country”. Based on the fact Mark was re-arrested at around 6.40 pm on Monday, the senior police officer said.

He said a team of Manipur police brought Mark T Haokip back to Imphal from Delhi on Friday. During the time he was arrested from Delhi the police personnel seized important incriminating documents including his dairy that contains sensitive materials, besides two pendrive, one laptop, one round seal for International Human Right Association (IHRA), one line seal of general secretary, IHRA, one line seal of director IHRA Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh and others from his possession. The seizures has been sent for forensic examination, he added.

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The IGP said the members of the so-called “Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kuki Land” have been concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war under the garb of Human Rights group. The outfit have been continuously waging a propaganda war through various social media platform and the outfit is actively promoting enmity between different groups on ground of race, religion, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony of the people of the state through its propaganda machineries.

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The outfit owns and uses a website (WWW) domain to spread its propaganda, raise fund for the organisational activities besides Facebook, Instagram, Tweeter and others to spread their hidden agenda, he added.

The members of the outfit themselves have been spreading false propaganda leading to tense situations on many occasions recently. Investigation is on full swing to unearth the whole machinery of the outfit called the “Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kukiland”.

A case has been registered at Imphal Police station for further investigation, the officer said.

DIG, range-I, Kabib K and superintendent of police, Imphal West Ksh. Shivkanta Singh also attended the press conference.

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