Fake activist and climate vigilante, Licypriya Kangujam’s fugitive father was arrested late last month in a joint operation by the Delhi and Manipur Police. Kanarjit Kangujam, also known as Dr K.K. Singh, who is the father of climate activist Licypriya Kangujam had a bounty of Rs. 1 lakh on his head. He is facing several charges of forgery and cheating and is being investigated by the Manipur Police. Now, it has come to light that Manipur Police is also investigating a case against K.K. Singh for his alleged cheating and dishonesty in the procurement and distribution of oxygen cylinders and concentrators.
Interestingly, the climate “activist” was running a 1 Crore fundraiser on Ketto for the same. The Ketto fundraiser was started in early May, in a bid to raise money to distribute oxygen concentrators free of cost to those who needed it the most. The fundraiser had collected over Rs 75 lakh before it was abruptly stopped, following the arrest of her father.
Finally, I’m ready to dispatch 100 B-Type Oxygen Cylinder for the people of Manipur. It will reach Imphal by Wednesday or Thursday. Thanks everyone for your love and supports! ♥️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/0E2c7jdk7T
— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) May 22, 2021
According to a report by The Print, although the funds were raised in Licypriya’s name, the Noble Citizen Foundation, the Delhi-based NGO with links to K.K. Singh, was in charge of procurement and distribution of the oxygen concentrators and cylinders. “During our investigations, we discovered he (Singh) was privy to how the funds were being handled. We are still investigating his role fully, but it was enough to file another case against him,” a senior Manipur Police officer told the news publication.
Essentially, funds collected by the minor climate activist were appropriated illegally by her father. This shows how her story has been a lie from the very beginning, and how her parents have been crafting her life as a climate activist and even engaging in criminal and illegal activities in her name.
Manipur Police had earlier lodged a case against Singh under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Earlier in 2015, the criminal was arrested in Manipur with charges of criminal case number 176 of 2015 under Section 420 (Fraud), 324 (Assault) and 406 (Criminal breach of trust).
It has been alleged that Singh uses his daughter as a front to further his own nefarious agenda – which most of the time involves duping, scamming and impersonating people. With the Manipur Police investigating a fundraiser started by Licypriya Kangujam – whose funds ultimately landed in her father’s pockets, such assertions have only been stamped with authority.
The last few years have seen the rise of teenage and pre-pubescent teenagers claiming to fight for the protection of the global climate. However, this rent-a-cause activism has become a popular tool for certain vested interest groups and highly-motivated immoral individuals like Licypriya’s father Kanarjit to peddle their agenda.
Since the face of such campaigns is usually teenage kids, the mainstream media tends to go easy on them. However, as was seen with Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and the toolkit saga, these innocuous kids are used as a front for the sinister players to conduct their business.