Rajkumar Meghan, Chairman of United National Liberation Front (UNLF), a banned outfit of Manipur has been convicted by a NIA court on Wednesday along with other 18 cadres of the group in Guwahati.
The UNLF, formed in 1964, is the oldest insurgent outfit of the Northeast. Popularly known as Sanayaima, he is the great-grandson of Manipuri patriot Prince Tikendrajit Singh, who led the army of the Manipur kingdom in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891. The seventy year old cadre who left the royal house of Manipur to lead the United National Liberation Front forty years back got arrested in 2010 from Bangladesh while moving to Dhaka from his hideout in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division to sign an arms deal.
He has been convicted by National Investigation Agency court after it registered a case bearing the number RC10/2010 stating that Meghen and 19 other cadres of UNLF of involvement in ‘criminal conspiracy to wage war against the nation by indulging in fundraising and heinous terrorist acts, and threatening the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of India by terror strikes.”
Rajkumar Meghan was in Guwahati Central Jail during the trail for the last five years.
Notably, since 2005, Rajkumar Meghen had been making offer made to the Centre that UNLF would lay down arms before United Nations authorities if the Centre allowed a plebiscite in Manipur in the presence of UN representatives and arrange for the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the troubled State.
Words- Syeda Ambia Jahaan