IMPHAL: Kangujam Kanarjit, also known as Dr KK Singh, the father of so-called “climate activist” Licypriya Kangujam, was arrested in Delhi in a joint operation by Manipur Police and Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Monday.

As per sources, Kanarjit, who is a self-proclaimed youth leader, will be produced in a Delhi court on Monday. Efforts are on to bring him back to Manipur, they said.

Kangujam Kanarjit (left) has been arrested in a joint operation by Manipur Police and Delhi Police’s Special Cell

After being on the run since 2016, Kanarjit was allegedly arrested for his alleged involvement in cases pertaining to forged documents and signatures. Sources said Kanarjit and his family, including Licypriya, were staying in an apartment in New Delhi since he left Manipur, from where he was arrested on Monday.

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Kanarjit is alleged to have collected funds and fees from national and international students in the name of organising international youth committee meets and other seminars, relief for earthquake victims and more fundraising that allegedly never reached beneficiaries.

Kanarjit has time and again claimed dubious identities, from a UN director to a ‘youth leader’. The people he duped are not limited to just Indians. A Nepali national complained against Kanarjit at the Indian Embassy in Nepal, following which Imphal East police registered a case in April this year under several IPC sections. According to the complain, Prajesh Khanal , who was recognized as “Global’s 20 under 20” in 2017, accused Karnajit of duping him of Rs 30,000 on the pretext of organising a youth exchange programme through IYC. 

The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal East had announced Kanarjit as an absconder on April 25, 2016, on criminal case number 37 of 2015 charged under section 406/417/420/427/120-B/120-A/107/34.

Who is Licypriya Kangujam?

Licypriya Kangujam | PC: Twitter

Kanarjit’s daughter Licypriya Kangujam shot to fame as a seven-year-old by campaigning for a climate change law. Since then, the now 9-year-old girl has been accused of faking her “achievements”.

In April 2019, Kangujam and her father Karanjit claimed that Licypriya had been “selected” to address the United Nations (UN) in the sixth session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 in a three-day event at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The girl went on to share an official United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) website link to show an “invitation-cum-confirmation letter”, signed by Ms Elina Palm, Coordinator, Global Platform, UNISDR. She said that she didn’t share the invitation before because it would expose her conference ID number and signature.

Following this, EastMojo had done a fact-check relating to Licypriya’s invitation with Stephanie Speck, Chief, Communications, Advocacy, Knowledge Management and ICT, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, where she said, “I can confirm that Licyprya Devi Kangujam is not an official speaker at the Global Platform 2019 in Geneva.”

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The alleged highly deceiving link shows a letter in the name of Licypriya Devi Kangujam confirming her registration for the event. On further investigation of the website link provided by Licypriya, several other such confirmation letters were also found.

Earlier this month, a detailed report in the The Frontier Manipur attempted to fact-check the latest claims of the child “activist” who this time claimed to be raising funds for buying Oxygen concentrators “for the people of India”.