UNLF leader Rajkumar Meghen is said to be arriving in Manipur from New Delhi on Thursday Credit: Facebook

Imphal: Rajkumar Meghen alias Sanayaima, the chief of the banned Manipur-based extremist group, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), is ready to set foot again in his home state on Thursday, after 44 long years, said sources.

As reported by local media, the 75-year-old rebel leader, who was taken to Delhi a day after he was released from Guwahati Central Jail in Assam on November 9, will arrive at Imphal Airport on Thursday afternoon.

Meghen, along with son RK Chinglen and lawyer M Gunedhor Singh, were whisked away from Assam by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) soon after he stepped out from jail and was placed at an undisclosed guest house in the national capital, it said.

Earlier, following the news of Meghen’s detention arbitrarily, a Manipur-based human rights activists filed an RTI with the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) and its national counterpart, the Central Public Information Officer of the MHA.

The petition sought an explanation over which provisions Meghen has been kept under detention. The RTI also sought to know the arrest memo/documents indicating the arrest and detention of the extremist group leader along with his son and lawyer, the report said.

Meghen was released after serving for 10 years in prison for ‘waging war against the country’ in Guwahati.

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“Detaining him even after serving his prison term is nothing but gross human rights violation, Sotinkumar said that the dictatorial style of functioning of the government can only lead to more unrest,” secretary of the CPI, Manipur State Council, L Sotinkumar, had told reporters recently.

According to reports, the reason behind Meghen’s detention after he was released from prison was due to security reasons in the state.

The UNLF chief has immense popularity in Imphal Valley and the authorities are apprehensive of his presence in Manipur at a time when the protracted 22-year-old Naga peace accord is on a verge to seal the deal between the Centre and the Naga groups led by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), said sources.

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