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

UNLF chief whisked away to Delhi after release from Assam jail

Manipur-based extremist leader Rajkumar Meghen was among the 18 rebels convicted by a special NIA trial court in 2016 for ‘waging a war against the country’

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: Pertaining to the unstable situation in the state, the chief of Manipur-based extremist group, United National Liberation Front (UNLF) leader, Rajkumar Meghen alias Sanayaima, was reportedly taken to the national capital on Sunday, a day after his release from Guwahati Central jail after serving nearly a decade in prison.

Against the earlier report of Meghen to receive a grand reception in Imphal upon his arrival to the state on Monday, the UNLF chief was quickly whisked away from Guwahati and taken to New Delhi by the officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a report said.

However, amidst reports that the rebel leader has been detained, his lawyer Moirangthem Gunedhor Singh, who accompanied Meghen to Delhi, clarified the speculations and informed that the Centre had urged the UNLF leader not to return to Manipur in view of the sensitive situation in the state.

Earlier, there was also a report of the Centre roping in the 75-year-old rebel leader, Meghen, for dialogue on the volatile situation in the state.

Over the past weeks, Manipur has seen intensive coordinated rallies and protests from Valley-based civil societies under the umbrella of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) to voice their concern and asserted that the Naga agreement sign should not compromise the territorial integrity of the state.

In 2010, Meghen was among the 18 UNLF cadres who were convicted by a special trial court of the NIA in 2016 in Guwahati under relevant Sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for various offences, including terrorist acts and waging a war against the country.

Meghen was released from the jail six months before completing his 10-years term due to his exceptionally good behaviour and contribution towards library and music for the inmates, the report said.