The Chief of Manipur-based extremist group, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Rajkumar Meghen was reportedly released from Guwahati Central Jail on Saturday last, a day ahead of his scheduled release, keeping a low profile to avoid any media attention.
According to the Jail Superintendent, Ranjit Baishya, Meghen was set free since he completed the sentence that was awarded to him on conviction.
According to reports, Meghen is expected to arrive at his home state Manipur on Monday after he served 10 years of imprisonment in Guwahati Central Jail for waging war against the state. He will get a grand reception at the Tiddim Ground in Imphal.
The release of the UNLF chairman comes when the Centre is putting efforts to bring a final solution to the protracted seven-decades old Naga political issues. And, over the past weeks, Manipur has seen intensive rallies and protests from Valley-based civil societies voicing against the talks fearing that the sign Framework Agreement might compromise the state territorial integrity.
According to sources, the Centre might also rope in Meghen for a dialogue.
As per reports, he was first kidnapped by Bangladeshi intelligence agents on September 29, 2010.
Meghen was among the 18 UNLF cadres who were convicted by a special trial court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in June 2016 in Guwahati under relevant Sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for various offences, including terrorist acts and waging war against the state.