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Burmese prisoners freed from Kolkatta after 13 years

Indian Navy arrested the 36 Burmese on February 11, 1998 and two managed to escaped from custody still their whereabouts are not known. Thirty-four are released from Kolkata Prison on May 19, 2011 and gave their public appearance at Gandhi peace foundation today.

Indian officers lured the rebels to Landfall Island in the Andaman Islands more than 13 years ago. Six revolutionaries were murdered in cold blood and the remaining 36 languished behind bars.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged them with illegal entry into Indian maritime territory and possession of arms and explosives, claiming that the arms and explosives were destined for insurgents in Northeast India.
The 31 former rebels are currently living in New Delhi as refugees under the protection of the UNHCR.


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