Ministry of Home Affairs India: Jt Secretary arriving in Imphal, Manipur

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NEW DELHI, July 19 (Vision Communications): The Joint Secretary (North East), Ministry of Home Affairs India, Mr Shambhu Singh is scheduled to visit Manipur for two days to “read the mind and start the initial process of peace talks” with the recently released Kangleipak Communist Party (MC) underground outfit’s self styled military secretary Lanheiba Meitei. Mr Singh will leave for Imphal early morning on Friday and return to the national Capital on Saturday night.

Mr Singh is expected to discuss the modalities and the date for initiating peace talks with KCP-MC leader.

It is pertinent to note here that Mr Singh had visited Imphal on June 9 and did the groundwork for the release of Lanheiba from the jail and start the process of peace talks. After a long gap, a valley based insurgent outfit has finally agreed to start peace talks with the government.

KCP-MC leader Lanheiba was released from the Sajiwa central jail on July 13 and sent to Assam Rifles camp to initiat peace dialogue. He was responsible for planting an abortive car bomb inside the Governor’s house in Imphal on 19th September, 2007 and also Ragailong bomb explosion on 21st October, 2008 which claimed 17 lives besides many other crimes.

Lanheiba was nabbed on June 28, last year from Bishnu Rabha Path of Basistha area in Guwahati. Although he was granted bail on 9th July by the special NIA court but he failed to furnish the requisite bail surety and as a result his release from the jail was delayed for few more days.

Talking to the media after his release Lanheiba said that he has decided to hold peace talks with the Centre and the state government considering the peace and stability in Manipur. He further added that peaces talks with the government would continue depending on the “honesty and sincerity of the government.”

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