Kangleipak Yawal Kanna Lub
Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)
Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), a Meitei insurgent group, was formed in January 1994. It consisted of breakaway groups from the UNLF, the PREPAK and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP). The outfit aims at reforming and rebuilding Manipuri society by cleansing it of immoral activities, drug trade and corruption. The outfit claims to follow the principle of "all for one and one for all" with regard to the entire Northeast region. In 2001, the outfit launched 'Operation New Kangleipak,' an 'anti-corruption' campaign to 'clean up' the educational system in Manipur. It also pledged open support to other terrorist groups who reportedly work against the narcotics trade, drug addiction, and immoral practices. Led by Namoijam Oken and Achou Toijamba, it engages widely in extortion and works jointly with the NSCN-IM.
In 2004, the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University N. Bijoy Singh and Registrar R.K. Ranjan were kidnapped by the KYKL and later released after being shot in the legs. According to a KYKL statement, both were punished for flouting rules in the appointment of a university official. Along with the RPF, the KYKL has meted out corporal punishment to drug traffickers and those indulging in other forms of corruption.
KYKL is a conglomeration of splinter groups of various valley insurgent groups. It was formed during the month of January 1994 under the chairmanship of Kangleipok Communist Party splinter group leader Ibopishak Singh. The group consisted of dissidents of United National Liberation Front (Oken) and People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Khomba). The group had arrived at a good understanding with UKLF and NSCN(IM) who gave them weapons/ammunitions and financial support. However in May 1995 Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup split with Mr Oken as the leader of one group and claimed itself as the real Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup. NSCN(IM) had recognized the Oken group and extended support to it in the valley and used it to check United National Liberation Front, which has openly criticized NSCN(IM) for demanding Greater Nagaland. Both factions of Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup suffered severe set backs in 1996-97.
In February 2002 the two factions merged into one single unit and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (O) broke away from NSCN (IM). Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup sustained a severe set back in February 2003 after many of their cadres were killed by troops of Assam Rifles. Presently it is active in Imphal and valley districts.
Organization and Leaders.
The group is organized into Civil Wing referred as Executive Committee and Armed Wing referred as Miyamgi Yawol Lanmee (MYF). Executive Committee is headed by Chairman Achou Toijamba with General Secretary Itoyai Singh. Armed wing is headed by Self Style Chief-in-Command (C-in-C), N Loken Singh. Its Armed wing is divided into two fighting groups.
Like other Meitei groups it also professes cessation from India as its ultimate objective. However it lays greater emphasis on creating a just and fair Meitei society free of modern day evils. The group has been devoting considerable energy in projecting an image of 'Saviour of Society' by targeting educational institutions and evils of society as perceived by it.