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Sanayaima Kin Flay Sonia, Government Attitude

IMPHAL, Nov. 13: The relatives of Sana Yaima, chairman of United National Liberation Front (UNLF), blasted UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for keeping mum about the whereabouts of the militant leader during her visit to Manipur yesterday.

Sonia yesterday inaugurated four newly constructed markets, a multi-purpose project and a girls’ hostel and laid the foundation stone of Manipur regional centre of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University and Indian National Army memorial complex.

She also addressed a well-attended public rally inside Kangla fort here.

During her 30-minute speech, Sonia called for dialogue and peaceful solution to problems, but did not say anything about the whereabouts of Yaima.

Sana Yaima alias R.K. Meghen went missing after he was reported to have been arrested from Dhaka on September 29. His whereabouts continue to be a mystery.

Seventeen citizen’s bodies called a one-day general strike yesterday to boycott Sonia Gandhi’s visit as a mark of protest against the disappearance of Sana Yaima.

‘Sonia did not mention anything about my father-in-law during her speech yesterday. This shows the wayward attitude of the Centre towards people living in the periphery. They consider only those in the mainland as Indians,’ R.K. Ongbi Brinda, Yaima’s daughter-in-law, said today.

‘Whether my father-in-law comes back or not is now a different story. The issue is about human rights and also a political one for the Northeast in general and Manipur in particular. They can’t alienate us like this. The government is violating all international laws,’ said Brinda, a lawyer.

She said unless something concrete came up about the whereabouts of Yaima very soon, the people of Manipur would rise in unison.

A day after the 17 organizations called the general strike, residents of Yaiskul Janmasthan, the locality of the missing militant leader in Imphal city, today staged a sit-in demanding disclosure of Yaima’s whereabouts.

‘Is involuntary disappearance a phenomenon of Indian democracy? Reveal R.K. Sana Yaima’s whereabouts.’ read a placard at the site of the sit-in.

Similar rallies are expected in support of the demand for disclosure of Yaima’s whereabouts.

Brinda demanded that the state government take up the matter more seriously.

The Okram Ibobi Singh government has so far maintained that they are trying to find out the exact location of Sana Yaima from the Union home ministry.

(Courtesy: The Telegraph India)

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