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UNLF ‘chairman’ refuses talks; insists on plebiscite

GUWAHATI, Apr 28 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/28/2019 12:31:37 PM IST

UNLF ‘honorary chairman’ Rajkumar Meghen alias Sanayaima has rebuffed offers made by government representatives to start negotiations with Delhi.

Sources close to him told Northeast Now that government representatives offered to Meghen “to do something about his jail sentence” if he was prepared to bring his group to the table.
In any case, the rebel leader finishes serving his ten years sentence in 2020 because he has been jail since 2010.
“Sanayaima has persistently refused overtures for negotiation. He is determined not to give up his demand for a plebiscite in Manipur,” said a source close to the rebel leader, who still controls Manipur’s strongest separatist group from jail.
It was not clear who were these government representatives (state government or Centre ) and when did they meet him in jail .
But Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has in recent months made fervent appeals to Manipur’s many rebel groups to come to the table and seek a peaceful solution.
He has even offered to step down if the rebels came forward to start negotiations to bring lasting peace to Manipur — like Congress chief minister Lalthanhawla had done in Mizoram in 1986.
Sanayainma has been in confinement since his arrest in Bangladesh in Sept 2010, though Indian agencies showed him arrested in Motihari , Bihar in Dec 2010.
He was convicted to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in 2016, though the National Investigation Agency had appealed for life sentence.
17 other UNLF rebels were convicted to seven to ten years in jail in the same case.

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