IMPHAL, Oct 30 - A day after two individuals announced Manipur�s �separation from India� and set up a �government in exile� in London, the Manipur Government today registered a case and began a probe into the development.
Formation of the �Manipur State Council� or �Manipur Government in exile� by Yambem Biren and Narengbam Samarjit in London on Tuesday went viral on the social media.
Yembem Biren is the self-styled chief minister of the Manipur State Council and Narengbam Samarjit is the self-styled minister of external affairs and defence.
The duo claimed support of the State�s titular king, Leishemba Sanajaoba. The king, however, denied their claim.
Taking the development seriously, Manipur Police have lodged an FIR at the Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West district and began an investigation.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that the FIR was lodged under Sections 121, 123, 124 (a), 505 (b) and 102 (b) of the IPC against Narengbam Samarjit.
However, it was not immediately known whether a case was also lodged against Yambem Biren.
Samarjit is the founder chairman of Salai Holding Private Ltd, a company registered with the Registrar of Companies, Shillong.
The Chief Minister told reporters that the State Government has considered the announcement made by them as an act of �war against the nation�.
As he is operating from another country, for the time being, the case will be probed by the Special Crime Branch of the State police, Biren Singh said. He added that the findings of the investigation and names of others involved in the announcement would be made public within a week.
Based on the outcome of the investigation, the Manipur Government will consider handing over the case to the National Investigation Agency for taking necessary legal action against the accused.
Meanwhile, the announcement of �independence� and formation of the council has stunned the people of the State.
Addressing a press conference in London to declare the �independent State�, Biren and Samarjit claimed that they made the announcement regarding the formation of the Manipur State Council on behalf of the Maharaja of Manipur. They said the exiled government would be based in central London.
They also produced a document to show that the Maharaja of Manipur has authorised them by order number 12 dated March 15, 2013 to solve the political problem of Manipur, media reports said.
However, the titular king denied their claim and said that he has no idea of the development.
�The report that went viral on the social media has surprised me. I have no idea of what Narengbam Samarjit has announced,� the king said.