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Centre urged to disclose whereabouts of Meghen

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Nov 7 � Opposition Manipur People�s Party (MPP) has urged the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to let the people know whereabouts of militant outfit leader RK Meghen �in the interest of democracy�.

�Let the people of Manipur know the position and whereabouts of Meghen at the earliest in the interest of democracy�, Dr Nimaichand Luwang, President of MPP said in a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Thursday.

MPP expressed its surprise at the complete silence of the Government of India on the alleged arrest of proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chairman Meghen at Dhaka on September 29 last.

Till now no official announcement of his whereabouts is made by the Centre and Government of Manipur, the memorandum noted.

The arrested person is to be tried according to the law of the land and punished or set free after due trial, it said adding, �But the Government of India is keeping a stoic silence on the arrest for reasons best known to the authority�.

�We are apprehensive of an uncontrollable eruption of mass agitation and unrest in the State�, it said. �We do not consider it justified to allow such a sensitive issue to linger�.

Many organisations including student bodies are demanding revelation of his whereabouts. The All Manipur Students� Union (AMSU) on Thursday launched a mass campaign by wearing black badges, in protest against the Centre�s failure to disclose the whereabouts of the UNLF leader.

Meanwhile, in a move to draw the attention of international communities, both government and non government bodies petitioned New Delhi and Dhaka on honouring the provisions of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and domestic legislation in dealing with cases of rights abuse.

A one-day national convention on �Legal and political implications of the abduction of Meghen� was held here on Thursday under the aegis of Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), Human Rights Alert (HRA), Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and Threatened Indigenous Peoples� Society.

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Centre urged to disclose whereabouts of Meghen

IMPHAL, Nov 7 � Opposition Manipur People�s Party (MPP) has urged the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to let the people know whereabouts of militant outfit leader RK Meghen �in the interest of democracy�.

�Let the people of Manipur know the position and whereabouts of Meghen at the earliest in the interest of democracy�, Dr Nimaichand Luwang, President of MPP said in a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Thursday.

MPP expressed its surprise at the complete silence of the Government of India on the alleged arrest of proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chairman Meghen at Dhaka on September 29 last.

Till now no official announcement of his whereabouts is made by the Centre and Government of Manipur, the memorandum noted.

The arrested person is to be tried according to the law of the land and punished or set free after due trial, it said adding, �But the Government of India is keeping a stoic silence on the arrest for reasons best known to the authority�.

�We are apprehensive of an uncontrollable eruption of mass agitation and unrest in the State�, it said. �We do not consider it justified to allow such a sensitive issue to linger�.

Many organisations including student bodies are demanding revelation of his whereabouts. The All Manipur Students� Union (AMSU) on Thursday launched a mass campaign by wearing black badges, in protest against the Centre�s failure to disclose the whereabouts of the UNLF leader.

Meanwhile, in a move to draw the attention of international communities, both government and non government bodies petitioned New Delhi and Dhaka on honouring the provisions of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and domestic legislation in dealing with cases of rights abuse.

A one-day national convention on �Legal and political implications of the abduction of Meghen� was held here on Thursday under the aegis of Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), Human Rights Alert (HRA), Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and Threatened Indigenous Peoples� Society.