Manipur UNLF Chair RK Meghen Released from Jail, Whisked to Delhi IFP
A day after his release from Guwahati Central Jail, United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chairman RK Meghen along with two others were whisked away by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) agents on Sunday evening.
After his release on Saturday, Meghen’s whereabouts were not known. His lawyer had earlier stated that Meghen was “fine and there were no problems”.
Later on Sunday, a reliable source informed Imphal Free Press that RK Meghen, his son RK Chinglen and lawyer M Gunedhor were whisked away by the NIA under directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Whether Meghen has been re-arrested could not be confirmed at the time of filing this report. The source however said Meghen was “requested to spend some time in Delhi” and the reason given by the NIA was that “it was not a conducive time” for Meghen to return home in Manipur.
He has been “requested” to stay in Delhi at a place arranged by the MHA, said the source. At the time of filing this report, RK Meghen, his son RK Chinglen and lawyer M Gunedhor are said to be kept in a guest house run by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The latest development has dampened the hectic preparation for a grand reception that was to be accorded to the UNLF leader on Monday.
There were plans afoot to hold a programme at Tiddim ground and a visit to the Kangla.
These programmes have been cancelled following the developments.
Executive director of Human Rights Alert, Babloo Loitongbam while commenting on the latest development said, “It is shocking to learn that NIA whisked away Sanayaima after he was released on completion of his prison term. We were looking forward to his assuming a leadership role in the current chaotic situation in Manipur. Curbing his personal liberty without any legal basis is clearly a violation of human rights and we will be petitioning the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to take up his case if the detention continues for more than 24 hours.”
A state based legal expert who wished not to be named said, “No one can be tried for the same crime twice. That is double jeopardy, if it is a different crime, he can be rearrested. It may be mentioned that the NIA special judge had given ten years imprisonment to Meghen and he had served his term. He was charged by the NIA for waging war against the Indian nation and various sections including section 18, 18B and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 121 and 122 of the Indian Penal Code. It is still not clear for what reasons RK Meghen has been detained but civil bodies have already started to voice protest against this move of the MHA.