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Manipur police rescue 3 kidnapped women
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 2:
Published on 2 Jul. 2010 11:05 PM IST
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Manipur police on Friday rescued three women kidnapped by militants when they accidentally intercepted kidnappers on the way back from a counter insurgency operation at Sagolmang Bazar in Imphal east district.
Police later revealed that the kidnappers were activists of PREPAK but were extorting money for the KCP (MC). Police commandos attached with the Imphal east district police intercepted the kidnapping of Yambem Romita (38) wife of the principal of Pari Imom Shindamsang, a private school along with his elder sister Yambem Dhaneshwori (42) and Hijam Babita (38), a staff of the school by three activists of PREPAK on Friday at about 8.30 pm when they were returning from a counter insurgency operation at Sagolmang Bazar.
The police commando team arrested two militants, district commander of PREPAK identified as Sinam Roshan alias Mangang (27) son of S Joy of Nongpok Sekmai village and a woman activist of KCP (MC) identified as Tongbram Sandya (24) daughter of T Noren of Khumbong village during the operation.
They were arrested from Sagolmang Bazar under Lamlai police station of Imphal east district based on a tip-off, a police officer of the district.
Accidentally, on the way back from the operation, the commando team intercepted an auto rickshaw, three women and a youth on board, coming from the opposite direction followed by two youths in a motorcycle at Waiton Pukhri Mapal on Imphal-Pangei road.
On suspicion, the team detained both the auto-rickshaw and motorcycle and conducted checking to the youths in which two 9 mm pistols with live rounds were recovered.
The youths were later identified as Meishnam Rabinchand alias Boy (24) son of Singjamei Yumnam Leikai and Takhellambam Govind alias Atomba (21) of Takhel Mamang Leikai.
No arms were found in the possession of the other activist identified as Elangbam Chetan alias Prem (19) son of Basanta of Yumnam Leikai, the officer added.
On questioning the three women, it was learnt that they were kidnapped by the three youths in connection with non-fulfilling of demand served by KCP(MC) to the private school, Pari Imom Shindamsang, Pangei.
Later, on questioning the arrested commander of PREPAK disclosed that the three were activists of PREPAK working under his command but he or higher authority of the outfit had not given orders to them to collect party fund from the school.
Police have taken all the PREPAK activists along with the woman KCP (MC) activist into their custody after registering a case for further investigation into the case.

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