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Three held for kidnap drama in Manipur

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, May 6 � The alleged kidnapping of a mother and son for ransom has turned out to be a well-orchestrated drama after police arrested the mother of the child along with another couple following a thorough investigation.

The mother of the child has been identified as Thounaojam ongbi Sunita (33) while the couple, M Saratchandra (40) and his wife Bimola (38) of Uchekon Khunou of Imphal East district, police said.

Sunita, the wife of Hemanta of Uchiwa Awang Leikai in Imphal West district, claimed that she along with her 7-year-old son Sanamatum alias Akaba was kidnapped by unknown persons for ransom on April 25 this year.

All the accused in the said incident including a minor boy with whom the accused mother had stage a kidnapping drama were picked up by the police last afternoon from different locations,sources said.

Sources said, police swung into action to rescue the kidnapped mother and son, on hearing the news about the incident, adding, during the course of investigation it came to light that the kidnapping was actually a drama by Sunita in collusion a couple from the same locality to obtain ransom from the her husband�s family members.

A team of police today picked up the co-accused couple and later the mother and son were also picked up. Sources added the three accused were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West court and remanded in the police custody till May 12.

Earlier, considering the matter seriously the locals and the students of Uchiwa High school had even staged a sit-in protest at Uchiwa Leirak Achouba demanding their safe rescue on May 3.

Transporters to call blockade: Demanding repair of the Tamenglong to Khongsang Road, the Joint Forum for Transport Welfare has announced to impose indefinite blockade on Imphal-Jiribam Road from tomorrow 7 pm.

In a press communiqu� which was made available to the media, Secretary of the Welfare BM Joseph said they have no option but to call blockade as the government failed to respond to their demand. Apart from imposing blockade it will also close down functioning of the Tamenglong PWD office.

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