Manipur: Abducted JCO of Army Rescued by Security Forces

The JCO is currently at the Waikhong police station in Thoubal district.

IMPHAL-  A serving Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army was rescued by the security forces, hours after he was kidnapped from his home by ‘unidentified elements’ in Manipur’s Thoubal district on Friday, officials said.

A defence spokesman said that Naib Subedar Konsam Kheda Singh, a resident of Charangpat Mamang Leikai in Thoubal district, was abducted while on leave from his residence on Friday morning.

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Army columns along with other security forces immediately launched a coordinated joint search operation, which led to the rescue of the JCO on Friday evening.

The JCO is currently at the Waikhong police station in Thoubal district.

Though the exact cause of the abduction is not known yet, media reports suggested that it was an extortion attempt as his family had received such threats in the past.

Besides the coordinated search operation, checking of all vehicles plying on National Highway-102 (Imphal-Moreh) was conducted to locate the JCO.  Further investigation is underway.

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On the other hand search operations and area domination were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of hills and valley districts.

Movement of 157 and 274 vehicles along NH-37 and NH-2 respectively with essential items have been ensured. Strict security measures are taken up in all vulnerable locations and security convoy is provided in sensitive stretches in order to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles.

A total of 139 Nakas/Checkpoints were installed in different Districts of Manipur, both in the hill and the valley and Police detained 287 persons in connection with violations in different districts of the State.


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