BJP wants insurgent leader back to Manipur

Manipur unit of BJP said that RK Meghen alias Sanaiyaima, chairman of the major insurgent outfit United National Liberation Front (UNLF), who was reported to have been arrested from Motihari district of Bihar on November 30.

Imphal: Manipur unit of BJP on Friday said that RK Meghen alias Sanaiyaima, chairman of the major insurgent outfit United National Liberation Front (UNLF), who was
reported to have been arrested from Motihari district of Bihar on November 30, should be brought back to Manipur for trial, a party statement said today.

The statement said the news of arrest of Meghen from Bihar ended what it called the `drama of concealment` of the top insurgent leader for over two months and wanted a fair
trial at a court of law.

Although there has not been a single official line about the arrest of Meghen, media reports had earlier said he was arrested from Dhaka in Bangladesh on September 29 by a joint intelligence team of India and Bangladesh while he was travelling in a car.

The reports had said that Meghen was being kept at a house at Mehrouli area under the supervision of the Union Home Ministry and was being pressurised to hold peace talks with the Centre which he steadfastly refused.

Although top security and civil officials in Manipur refused to comment on Meghen`s reported arrest by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), sources in the government said Meghen was brought to Guwahati to be produced in a court today.

Sources said a high level team of NIA had accompanied Meghen who was kept in Delhi after his arrest from Dhaka for over two months, to Guwahati last evening but he could not be produced before the court since it was a holiday yesterday in Guwahati.

Official reports said that various social organisations in Manipur have been organisining sit-in protest and other forms of democratic agitations to press the Centre and state government to disclose the whereabouts of Meghen since the media reports had appeared that he had been arrested from Lalmati area in Dhaka on September 29.

When contacted, officials refused to comment on this issue for the past two months.

Meghen, a post graduate in International Relations from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, was head of the biggest insurgent organisation for more than forty years, sources said
adding that they formed the organisation UNLF saying that Manipur was forcibly merged with the union in 1949. UNLF has been fighting for an `independent Manipur` for more than forty years.

PTI

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