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Kin demand info on rebel

Imphal, Oct. 19: Relatives of Sana Yaima, chairman of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), today demanded that the Centre should inform the family of the militant leader’s whereabouts.

“We demand that the government of India should disclose whereabouts of my father instead of concealing his present status,” R.K. Chinglen, second son of Yaima, told reporters today.

The demand came after efforts by Yaima’s wife, R.K. Ongbi Ibemnungshi, to know her husband’s status through the ministry of home affairs, the National Human Rights Commission and high commissioner of the UN High Commission for Human Rights failed to evoke any positive response.

Ibemnungshi sent representations following reports in the media that the man was arrested in Bangladesh and brought to India.

A copy of the representation to the home secretary was also submitted to Manipur director-general of police Yumnam Joykumar Singh.

Ibemnungshi demanded information on Yaima’s whereabouts, location, position and in whose custody.

Today’s demand by the family came a day after Union home secretary G.K. Pillai told the media yesterday in Imphal that New Delhi did not have any information about his arrest in Bangladesh and also denied the report that Yaima was brought to India.

Yaima, alias R.K. Mghen, has not been home at Yaiskul Janmasthan in Imphal city, for the past 35 years or so.

His father, R.K. Madhuryyajit, was a British army officer and was World War II veteran. He also founded SSB in Manipur and Nagaland after retirement.

“If he is arrested this should be disclosed. Why is India so afraid? Let there be a fair trial and we will not be making any demand for his arrest. At least the fact should be disclosed and the arrest should not be kept a secret,” Chinglen, second son of Yaima, said.

The family has firm belief that Yaima has been arrested and is now in custody of Indian authorities.

“We will be waiting for a reply from the authorities for some more days. They should respond and tell us my father’s exact position. If nothing comes, we will continue to fight democratically,” the son said.

The family is now thinking of moving the court to know what really happened.

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