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RK Meghen Holds Forth On The Core Significance Of Plebiscite… Just A Means, Not The Objective

RK Meghen being produced before the NIA court. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 20: UNLF chairman RK Meghen has stated that proposal of UNLF for holding plebiscite to resolve the Manipur-India conflict is not an objective but only a means for achieving the objective of empowering the people.

Talking to media on the sideline of being produced in the special court of NIA at Guwahati today, Meghen said that the ongoing campaign for holding plebiscite being witnessed in Manipur including one of the hill districts is encouraging and such democratic process of public discussion on the issue is required.

Reacting to a media report on the opinion expressed in a seminar that the proposal for holding plebiscite is rather hasty and peace should be restored first, Meghen observed that it sounds ambiguous for restoration of peace would entail resolving of the conflict and at that time, there would be no need for plebiscite.

The proposal is not for holding plebiscite within the next couple of days. What is more important is to make the people realize their fundamental rights and opt for a non-violent democratic movement, Meghen said, while appealing to the experts/resource persons to enlighten the people on this point.

Along with Meghen, nine other members of UNLF including its assistant organization secretary Ningombam Dilip, who have been detained under NSA in Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa were also produced before the court today acting on an earlier court order. Subsequently, the Court directed that all nine of them should be lodged in Guwahati Central Jail for further trial.

All the nine namely assistant organization secretary of UNLF Ningombam Dilip alias Ibochou alias Ranjit alias Mani alias Chaoba of Singjamei Waikhom Leikai, CO of 251 Bn Col  Sinam Gune alias Guneshwar alias Ratan alias Wanglen alias Chandra  alias Boy of Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak, Maj Wayenbam Kothil alias Noren alias Thoiba of Moirang Kampu, Lt Col Khwairakpam Jiten alias Khomba of Sekmai Makha Leikai, Tharoijam Herojit alias Prem of Sagolband Takyel Kolom Leikai, Oinam Somorjit alias Naresh of Keishampat Aheibam Leikai,  Chingkham Bembem alias Sakhenbi alias Henbee of Andro Maringthel, Lourembam Jatishor alias Telemba alias Khamba alias John alias Thondrei of Moirangkampu Khewa Bazar and Maibam Sarat alias Chaoren alias Amuba alias Suresh alias Nabakumar of Kongpal Kongkham, have been reportedly brought to Guwahati under strict security measures by a police team led by DSP of Imphal West District Commandos S Ibomcha through Imphal-Jiribam road (NH-53).

Along with them, other arrested leaders of the outfit who are being lodged together with RK Meghen in the Guwahati Central Jail were also appeared in the court. However, Moirangthem Ningol Landhoni Devi w/o Khwairakpam Jiten alias Khomba, who has undertaken a fast unto death against her detention, was not produced in the court as her condition has reportedly deteriorated.

The court has directed all of them be produced for appearance on May 3 again.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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