Imphal: A leader of a student body kidnapped by militants was rescued by security forces in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district, a police source said on Wednesday.
Roshan Uprety (35), president of the Charhajare unit of All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) was allegedly kidnapped by militants from Charhajare bazar under Sapermaina police station of Kangpokpi district on October 16 evening.
The police were searching for the whereabouts of the students’ leader on receiving a complaint. As per the complaint lodged by the family, Roshan Uprety was abducted by three to four unknown miscreants. The abductors also fired a shot in the air while whisking him away in a white car, the complaint added.
A combined team of Kangpokpi district police, state police commandos and 22 Assam Rifles rescued him from a secluded area, five kilometer west of Mangjol village of Kangpokpi district on Tuesday evening, around 3,.30 pm. After medical checkup and other formality, he was handed over to his family members today, the police also said.
The police said that acting on reliable information, the combined team launched a search operation in the area yesterday afternoon.
After an extensive search, the combined team found Uprety at a hideout of the militants in an isolated area on the eastern side of Koubru range, the source said. The kidnappers were, however, found already fleeing from the scene. The combined force continued the search operation to trace the escaping kidnappers, the police further said.
However, while owning the responsibility for the kidnapping of the student leader, Kuki National Front-Nehlun (KNF-N) faction, in a press release, claimed that he was released by them without any harm.
The non-SoO (Suspension of Operation) armed group claimed that Roshan Uprety was abducted in connection with an incident on July 10 at Charhajare where two of its cadres were apprehended by the residents of the area and handed over to the police along with their arms.
He was abducted not for ransom but to settle the July 10 incident and released him on humanitarian ground, the outfit added.