IMPHAL August 8: A person has reportedly remained untraceable since he left for work at Sapao village located in Ukhrul district on April 19.
The Universal Mothers’ Organization (UMO) called a press conference in this connection at the Manipur press club, today.
Sorojini, president of the organization while addressing the conference stated that Lairenlakpam Shachikanta alias Kanta, 38, s/o (L) L. Thaguchauba Sharma of Iroisemba Manning Leikai along with five others from his own locality on April 19 had left for Sapoa village in Ukhrul.
She further informed that five have been working as wood-cutters under one Illeng of Ukhrul under the behest of one Khumanthem Khoibi from Khamnam leirak Sagolband who used to act as the middleman between them
She said that the five companions Sanatomba, Sanjoy, Dhungo, Buddha and John have already returned however Shishikanta has failed to turned up till date even after several months.
She also added that attempts of the locals to trace his whereabouts have remained futile as there is no information about the missing persons.
Sorojini said that the victim’s mother had narrated that the victim came into contact with Khoibi through his own wife L. (O) Thoibi Devi, 38, who had even taken a sum of Rs. 1000 from Khoibi as advance for the said work.
“Shashikanta had returned to his paternal residence on March 20 along with his five children from his in-laws residence located at Sagolband Khamnam Lierak where he had been staying for the last 10 years. Later, after 7 days, Thoibi came along and joined him at his Iroisemba residence”, Sorojini said while quoting the victim’s mother.
Sensing suspicion of wrongful conduct and to find out the modus operandi on the alleged missing of L. Shashikanta, an FIR no.3 (7 of 2011) have been lodged against his wife, Khoibi, Illeng and his five other companions at Shangsad P.S.
She also added that all the eight have been remanded with the Shangsad PS custody.
Later, Sarojini during the conference demanded that the concerned P.S. to hand over the facts on the whereabout of Shaahikanta to his aggrieved family without delay to avoid democratic forms of agitations to be taken up by UMO in association with the local populace of Iroisemba. She added that the organization furnished a complaint to the state DGP in this connection, she added.