The body of VDF personnel N Premananda who had gone missing while attending duty to destroy illegal poppy plantations around Phaisi village under Chakpikarong Police Station in Chandel district was found on Friday.
VDF No.706 Ningombam Premananda, 37, son of N Dina from Thoubal Okram Leikai had been missing since the intervening night of January 21 and 22.
The search was launched for the second time on Thursday morning inside the forest of Phaisi village by a strong, combined force of 130 personnel led by additional SP Thoubal Wangkhomba and additional SP Chandel Amarjit.
Premananda's body was found at noontime at M Lebanon village under Chakpikarong Police Station, according to sources.
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The body is kept at M Lebanon village, and a team of State Forensic Science Laboratory and magistrate team will arrive on Saturday morning to examine, as per sources. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
SP Thoubal H Jogeschandra was alerted around 6.30 pm by additional SP Thoubal Wangkhomba that the body has been found. Due to network issues at the area, further details could not be relayed at the moment, sources said.
It may be mentioned that JAC of missing N Premananda had imposed an indefinite bandh along NH-102 in Thoubal area since the midnight of January 31.
Demanding the state government for a thorough investigation into the disappearance of VDF personnel Ningombam Premananda in Chandel district, Manipur, the JAC along with various groups on Wednesday blocked the National Highway-102 connecting Imphal and Moreh. The protesters, however, withdrew the blockade on Wednesday for five days, saying the road blockade would continue if the government failed to act on the matter.
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The protesters blocked the movement of vehicles at various parts of NH-102, including at the Thoubal Okram region, demanding the state government and the authorities concerned to start a thorough investigation into the disappearance of VDF Ningombam Premananda who was a part of a poppy destruction team that was camped at Urantop hillside under the Chakpikarong police station of Chandel district, near India-Myanmar border.
The JAC representative, however, agreed to withdraw the protests till February 5, after the meeting with state Works Minister K Govindas.