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Nepal new haven for militants?

world Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:17 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Rajkumar Meghen, chairman of the banned United National Liberation Front (UNLF) of Manipur, also known as Sana Yaima, has yet another name - a Nepali one.

If police in Bihar's Motihari are to be believed, one of Northeast India's most wanted militant, arrested in Bihar's East Champaran district Tuesday, also called himself Raju Shreshtha. The details of his arrest are still sketchy but the use of a Nepali name and Meghen's alleged attempt to cross over to the neighbouring country seems to be part of pattern among ultras of north east India.

Faced with an 'unfriendly' government in Bangladesh, leaders of banned outfits from Northeast could be looking at Nepal as their next safe haven. An open border and lax authorities could be reasons for the move.

In October this year, Anthony Shing, of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac-Muivah) was arrested in Kathmandu while Niranjan Hojai, 'commander-in-chief' of the

Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) of Assam, was also arrested in July.