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NGOs contradict Mizoram Home Minister on �child lifting�

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, Feb 29 - A joint statement from NGOs and a student organisation of West Lungdar village in Mamit district regarding the �kidnapping� of a 13-year-old boy of the village and the consequent mob attack on three non-tribal persons on suspicion of being the kidnappers has contradicted the statement made by State Home Minister Lalchamliana in the Assembly.

Three persons � Rahul Choudhary (27), Raju Mansoori (38) and Situ Hussain Majumdar (21) from Silchar � were attacked by a mob at West Lungdar on February 25 after the boy identified them as his abductors. On the previous day, the boy had claimed that he was abducted by three persons in a white Mahindra Bolero vehicle, but he managed to escape when they stopped to relieve themselves.

The Home Minister on February 27 told the Assembly that the three persons could not be the kidnappers because as per the records at the Vairengte ILP counter, they entered Mizoram at 11 am on February 24 and it was impossible for them to reach West Lungdar at 3 pm on the same day.

The boy alleged that he was kidnapped at around 3 pm on February 24. Moreover, the trio had stayed at a hotel at Thuampui here on February 24 night, the Home Minister said.

The NGOs� statement, however, stated that their leaders inquired at the hotel on February 28 and found that the three had checked in at 8 pm on February 19. The hotel was booked in the name of Rahul Choudhary. They booked the hotel again on February 24.

�After escaping from his kidnappers, the body informed his father, who along with his elder brother went after the kidnappers in a vehicle. At that time, the locals of Khawrihnim village caught the three on suspicion, but after the boy said that they were not his kidnappers, they were let off,� the statement said.

The next day, the three persons from Silchar, who were travelling in a black Bolero, were held by the villagers of South Sabual on suspicion. After seeing their photographs, the child identified them as his kidnappers.

The police took the suspects to West Lungdar for identification. The boy said that the three men were his abductors following which, irate locals attacked the trio, the statement said.

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