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‘UNLF chief not in India’s custody’
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 18:
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 1:09 AM IST
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“No one knows the truth behind the reported arrest of UNLF chairman R.K. Meghen in Bangladesh, New Delhi will bring up the matter with Dhaka,” said union home secretary G.K. Pillai Monday, while reiterating that the separatist leader was not handed over to India.
Government has no official report of arrest of UNLF leader in Bangladesh. We came to know only from media reports, Pillai said, speaking on the sideline of Imphal east district development seminar held here.
Refuting the report of Dhaka handling over Meghen to New Delhi, the home secretary said, “neither Dhaka has handed Meghen over to New Delhi nor is he in the custody of the Indian authorities”. He however said that the government will initiate some step to find out the truth from Bangladesh through diplomatic level. The revelation of the home secretary contradicted the UNLF statement which was made two days back, on October 16, confirming the arrest of its chairman in Dhaka on September 29 by a combined team of India RAW and Bangladesh intelligence. The statement of the outfit also claimed that Meghen had been extradited to India later on October 13 last.
Pillai said that the NH-53 will be developed as a first class national highway. GoI is giving priority in taking up the improvement work of the highway, he said. Centre is well aware of non-availability of cooking gas and other petroleum products in the state. “Transparency and accountability” in the public distribution system (PDS) is a must in the state in this regard, he added. Observing that a huge state fund is being drained outside in sending children to study outside the state, Pillai asserted that it could be saved by exporting state manpower to outside the state. Union DoNER secretary, Jayati Chandra who also spoke mooted of introducing a helicopter service between Imphal east and its Jiribam sub-division.
The introduction of the service will able to speed up in taking up developmental work in this (Jiribam sub-division) of the district, she observed. The district seminar, organized by the government of India in association of with Manipur government, was part of the series of seminars held at the district headquarters.

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