Incidents of people who went missing at Sajik Tampak area under Chakpikarong Police Station in Chandel district, Manipur have reached three with the most recent incident of a VDF personel gone missing while attending a poppy destruction drive at the said area.
On December 6, 2020, one Thongkhosei, 45, from Haika (H) village went missing at Kathuong village which is near Sajik Tampak area in Chandel district. A search operation was carried out from December 7 to 17 at the interior forest areas and below the gorges but he remains missing till date, said chief of Gelngai village Thangsunkap.
Another youth, Lairemrout, 16, son of Neilal from Ngurte village in Churachandpur district went missing at Khongtal village located under Sajik Tampak Range on September 5, 2021. To find him, a search operation was carried out for a week.
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According to family members, a missing person report was lodged at Chakpikarong Police Station but he remains untraced till date. As per unofficial sources, a cadre of a proscribed outfit also went missing in the area.
Meanwhile, VDF No 706, Ningombam Premananda, 37, son of N Nila from Thoubal Okram still remains untraced after he went missing from 15-AR campus located at Urantop hill in Chandel district on the intervening night of January 20 and 21. He was among the state police team who went to destroy illegal poppy plantations at different hill ranges in Sajik Tampak area.
A search operation was launched by a team led by additional SP Wangkhomba, additional SP Amarjit, SDPO Chandel, Commando Thoubal and 15-AR by using drones. Search operations were carried out by the combined force at M Lebanon Village, Joumul Village, Aibol Joupi, Molngat Village and Phaisii Village.
From January 27 to 29, further search operations were carried out with the family members of N Premananda. As per sources, the search operations are now conducted solely by Chakpikarong Police.
It may be recalled that the ‘JAC of Missing N Premananda’ had already announced that an indefinite strike will be launched unless Premananda is found by the midnight of December 31.