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NIA team in Imphal to investigate case against RK Meghen
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, January 05 2011: A four-member team of NIA (National Investigation Agency), New Delhi led by SP Ashim Shrivastav arrived here Monday to investigate into a case registered against arrested UNLF chairman, RK Meghen.

The NIA has registered a case (No: 10/2010) against the UNLF leader under Indian Penal Code sections 121, 121 (A0, 120(B), 123 and also under sections 13, 18, 16, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after he was produced on December 3, 2010 in a special court of the NIA in Guwahati.

Meghen has been charged, among others, of waging war against the Indian Union an accusation which he had denied when he was produced in the NIA special court on December 30, 2010 .

He had also denied that he was arrested from Bihar's Motihari on November 30, 2010 and said that he was abducted from Dhaka on September 29, 2010 by a joint team of RAW and its counterpart Bangladesh intelligence agency.

Meghen aka Sanayaima was produced in the NIA court presided by Judge AK Das on December 30, 2010 for the third time and was remanded into judicial custody for another 14 days.

The four member team of NIA led by its SP, Ashim Shrivastav arrived Imphal today.

Official sources said that they are here to investigate into the agency's FIR case 10/2010 in which Meghen was booked.

The team will stay in the capital for about two weeks and will investigate the cases registered against Meghen and the UNLF.

They are stationed at 1st MR complex, the source disclosed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Meghen has strongly defended the charges leveled against him through his counsel who argued that Manipur became independent from British colonial rule in 1947 and was merged to Indian Union after signing the merger agreement on October 15, 1949 without the consent of the people of the state.

Meghen's counsel had argued that the merger agreement has no legal validity and the Government of India has not been able to protect the rights of the people.

The counsel said, Meghen has been fighting for the right to self determination of the people of Manipur.

He had said a plebiscite is the only way to decide whether people of Manipur wanted to live within the Indian Union or not.


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