Imphal, July 4,
The Indian army officer Lt Col Dharamvir Singh whose whereabouts were not known after he left Imphal on his way to Dimapur in Imphal where he had recently been posted after being relieved from the higher Headquarters in Manipur where he was on a temporary assignment, has been located at his place of posting at Rangapahar, Dimapur.
The Lt Col had been provided an official vehicle and a protection party to move out of the state on July 1, on a non-road opening day on which the movement of service personnel is protected by an escort party. The officer reached Rangapahar at 9 pm on July 1 and since then is discharging his bonafide military duties as per his official charter.
His wife Ranju Singh reportedly reached the place of his temporary assignment on June 30 without the officer having taken prior permission from concerned military authorities to bring the family to the military station. The place being an insurgency affected area precludes stay of family members of service personnel outside the military station for security reasons, in this case being Leimakhong and Mantripukhri in Imphal.
The contents of the media interaction by the military officer’s wife on July 3 and an FIR lodged with the police in Imphal are inconsistent and aimed at maligning the image of the Army, official sources from the Army have said. The movements and whereabouts of Lt Col Dharamvir Singh have already been officially intimated to the Imphal (West) Police consequent to the lady lodging an FIR containing false allegations that her husband had been taken into custody. The lady has herself admitted to have spoken to her husband on July 3 and said that he is doing fine at his place of duty.
It is not understood as to why Ranju Singh and her children did not accompany Lt Col Dharamvir Singh when he moved to his original place of posting at Dimapur for which an independent staff car with security was provided by the Army and instead she chose to stay back in the place which she herself claimed to be unfamiliar with. The Army is not aware of her present whereabouts and has requested the police to locate her. It is not known with whom she is staying in a civilian area and why, army sources said mentioning that it was not aware what could be the motive behind her unusual behaviour or if there is a possibility that a family feud had occurred.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.