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UNLF leader Rajkumar Meghen was released from Guwahati Central Jail in Assam on Saturday
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MANIPUR

Manipur rebel leader Rajkumar Meghen set free from Guwahati jail

The United National Liberation Front chief was in prison for the last 10 years for ‘waging a war against the state’; he is likely to arrive in Imphal today

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Imphal: Rajkumar Meghen alias Sanayaima, the chief of Manipur-based extremist group, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), was reportedly released from Guwahati Central Jail on Saturday, a day ahead of his scheduled release, keeping a low profile to avoid any media attention.

“Meghen was set free since he completed the sentence that was awarded to him on conviction,” Ranjit Baishya, the jail’s superintendent, told media persons.

As per the reports, Meghen, who was in prison for last 10 years for ‘waging war against the state’ in Guwahati jail, is expected to arrive in his home state, Manipur, on Monday where he will get a grand reception at the Tiddim Ground in Imphal. However, there is no official report of his scheduled arrival in the state at the time of filing this report.

The release of the UNLF chairman comes when the Centre is putting efforts to bring a final solution to the protracted seven-decades old Naga political issues. And, over the past weeks, Manipur has seen intensive rallies and protests from Valley-based civil societies voicing against the talks fearing that the sign Framework Agreement might compromise the state territorial integrity.

According to sources, the Centre might also rope in Meghen for a dialogue.

The 75-year-old rebel leader, Meghen, was first kidnapped by Bangladeshi intelligence agents on September 29, 2010, as per reports.

Meghen was among the 18 UNLF cadres who were convicted by a special trial court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in June 2016 in Guwahati under relevant Sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for various offence, including terrorist acts and waging war against the state.

The convicts were awarded ten-years of imprisonment.

“There are no pending cases against the UNLF founder,” Meghen’s lawyer Moirangthem Gunedhor Singh informed reporters on Sunday.