Executive Engineer of Manipur government has been detained under National Security Act (NSA) for his alleged nexus with insurgents outfit.
Police charged Oinam Ibopishak (57), an Executive Engineer of the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) the third engineer to be detained under the Act on the charge of maintaining link with the underground elements.
Two engineers of the Manipur University engineering cell had also been detained under NSA after police caught them red handed while trying to handover money to a group of KCP in the last part of 2009.
Ibopishak is among the government officers who are taking asylum at the government quarter at highly secure Bapubara VIP colony, Imphal following repeated attack at his resident Oinam Mamang Leikai in Bishnupur district nexus with proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in collection of money for the party.
He was arrested by the police along with a cadre of the outfit last week and produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal on Saturday and sent to jail after the Imphal west district Magistrate issued an order for his detention. The UNLF cadre was identified as Naorem Kiran alias Sekher (29) son of Iboyaima of Mayang Imphal Konchak, Imphal west district.
On the other hand, family protested the detention of EE alleging it as conspiracy. The detention is part of conspiracy of some officials of the department (LDA) with the police, wife of the engineer strongly charged on Sunday.
However, police source said EE contacted with the cadre of UNLF Kiran on the advice of the Superintentending Engineer (SE) of LDA who asked him (EE) to negotiate the monetary demand served to the department by the outfit. While dealing the matter, EE in collusion with the cadre took commission of the money collected from the department’s works.
Police came to know the matter from the discloser made by UNLF cadre, Kiran who was arrested on December 19 during a frisking and checking operation in the heart of Imphal city. Based on his statement police picked the EE on December 26 last from the official quarter of the EE at Bapupara.