Three PHED officials released after 18 days’ captivity in Manipur

November 14th, 2007 - 8:07 am ICT by admin  
Executive Engineer L. Ibomcha Singh, Assistant Engineer O. Meino Singh andection Officer N. Upendro Singh were released unharmed in a remote area in Saikul township of Senapati district yesterday.

“During custody, there was no harassment and no threatening by them. We were staying there very happily,” said O. Meino Singh.

“I feel very good after meeting my family. Mostly I am relieved about my second son. Because of my absence he could not concentrate on his studies,” said L. Ibomcha Singh.

The three officials, including two engineers, were abducted by the Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) on October 12.

Reports said KRA had demanded 10 million rupees for the safe return of the hostages but officials did not confirm any ransom was paid.

The three officials were kidnapped while they were on their way back after inspecting water supply schemes being undertaken at Lamlai and its surrounding areas in Eastern Imphal.

They were kidnapped by armed persons travelling in a Maruti Gypsy while three other persons were let off.

In February, two PHED officials were kidnapped reportedly by the same group and later released.

There are around 15 rebel groups operating in Manipur. About 10,000 people have been killed in more than three decades of violence.

About 50,000 troops are deployed in the state of almost two million people. (ANI)

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