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Mnp asks centre on whereabouts of UNLF chief
Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL/NEW DELHI, OCT 22:
Published on 22 Oct. 2010 11:34 PM IST
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Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi Singh Friday broke his silence on the reported arrest of UNLF chairman RK Meghen alias Sanayaima and said that the state government has requested Centre to take initiative to confirm the report. Meghen was arrested in Bangladesh and reportedly handed over to India.
“We have held consultation with the Union home secretary GK Pillai on his recent visit to Imphal and also wrote to MHA to confirm the report of arrest of the separatist leader,” Ibobi told reporters.
However, Ibobi was not clear about the query about handing over Meghen to India but said “I believed that Centre will intimate state government whereabouts of Meghen.”
Ibobi was to go to New Delhi to hold consultation with Central leaders but had to cancel due to Pillai’s visit to Manipur.
Political parties and civil societies continued to press demand to Centre in solidarity with the family of Sanayaima to know his whereabouts.
“We have nothing to object on detaining them and conduct trial against him but we would not remain silent if Centre is not sincere enough in informing exact whereabouts of UNLF chairman,” UPF president said in a press conference held Friday in Imphal.
Government should not conceal him. They can conduct trial against him under existing law of the land. If GoI try to eliminate him, it will tantamount to creation of unrest situation in the state, he warned.
Former chief minister and NCP state unit chief, Radhabinod Koijam said “Even though he is a leader of separatist warring against India, after all he is a citizen of India and on humanitarian ground, his whereabouts should be known”.
The Senior Citizen for Society, Manipur had also demanded that both Centre and Bangladesh government should clarify the media reports on the arrest.
Meanwhile, in what could pose a grave threat to the country’s internal security, the UNLF is aiming to establish relationship with the CPI (Maoists).
According to exclusive details available with Zee News, eleven top rung cadres of the banned UNLF, who were recently nabbed by the Assam Police, have revealed that the top leadership of the dreaded organisation is aiming to partner with the Maoists and support them at all possible levels.
The arrested cadres have also revealed that the Manipur Peoples Army (MPA) - the armed wing of the UNLF – is trying to recruit educated and competent youth in order to further strengthen and intensify its movement.
The confidential revelations made by the arrested men are alarming and warrant urgent action and greater co-ordination among various security agencies, Centre and state governments to counter them. These cadres were arrested in a major operation launched by Assam Police following crucial inputs from the Intelligence Bureau on the intervening night of August 18-19 from Guwahati.

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