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Manipur CPI Seeks Sana Yaima

IMPHAL, Nov. 20: The Manipur unit of the CPI has contacted the Bangladesh Communist Party to find the whereabouts of Sana Yaima, the chairman of the UNLF.

CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan yesterday contacted Manjur Hassan Khan, the chairman of the Bangladesh Communist Party, and informed him about the developments after the reported arrest of Sana Yaima from Dhaka in September by a team of RAW and Bangladeshi intelligence officials.

Media reports said RAW and Bangladesh intelligence officials arrested Sana Yaima alias R.K. Meghen from Dhaka. The UNLF had also claimed that its leader was arrested from Dhaka on September 29 and brought to India.

‘The Bangladesh Communist Party leader assured our leader that they will launch a hunt for Sana Yaima and provide feedback to our party head office in Delhi,’ Moirangthem Nara Singh, a senior leader of CPI’s Manipur unit, today said.

Hassan reportedly assured Bardhan that his party would try its best.

Bardhan also submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, urging him to reveal the whereabouts of Sana Yaima.

‘Failing to do so would give rise to all sorts of apprehensions and fuel turmoil in the state,’ the memorandum said.

Union home ministry officials, however, shrugged ignorance, adds our special correspondent from New Delhi. ‘We have come to know about it only from media reports,’ said a senior official.

The CPI also instructed the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, D. Raja and the CPI leader in the Lok Sabha, Gurudas Dasgupta, to raise the Sana Yaima issue during the ongoing Parliament session.

The CPI leaders took the steps after the state unit sent Nara Singh to Delhi on November 16. The executive committee of the state unit decided to pursue the issue with the central leaders in a resolution adopted on November 13.

‘We take the matter very seriously. Making a UNLF leader disappear after arrest is a serious violation of human rights and the Constitution. We will not give up till the actual position is known,’ Nara Singh said.

The CPI move came as citizen’s organizations have been organizing daily sit-ins in and around Imphal demanding to know Sana Yaima’s whereabouts.

The Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court on November 15 directed the Union home ministry, external affairs ministry and the Manipur government to file affidavits by December 6 on the status of Sana Yaima.

The directive followed a habeas corpus filed by R.K. Ongbi Ibemnungshi.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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