UNLF decided to expel Panmei in a special session of the outfit held on February 15 for "colluding with the enemy by leaking sensitive information and framing other leaders".

Manipur’s insurgent group the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has permanently expelled its former chairman Khundongbam Panmei from the militant groups.

According to reports, the UNLF decided to expel Panmei in a special session of the outfit held on February 15 for “colluding with the enemy by leaking sensitive information and framing other leaders”.

The special session was held in GHQ Neina Shang, the jungle headquarters of the rebel group, located on the Manipur-Myanmar border.

The UNLF in a statement said that the organisation’s Central Committee had set up a Special Fact Finding Committee to investigate the charges against Panmei.

“The charges were found to be correct and UNLF has decided to sever all relations with Panmei with immediate effect from 15 February, 2021,” the statement said.

UNLF’s founder chairman Rajkumar Meghen alias Sanayaima was arrested in Bangladesh and quietly handed over to India in December 2010, showing he was arrested in Bihar.

He was released from Guwahati Jail in November 2019, ten months before his 10-year jail sentence ended, apparently for his ‘good conduct’ in jail.

That release sparked off speculations that Meghen might open negotiations with the Indian government but that has not happened so far.

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