Thoubal, June 22:
The four persons who were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two non-Manipuris by state police from Charangpat area in Thoubal district on June 11, after being release on bail on June 18 said that the charges of kidnapping was a malicious attempt to sabotage the career of K. Jadumani who has been preparing to contest election. In a public meeting held at Charangpat Mamang Leikai Keithel in Thoubal district today morning, the four accused who were released on bail said that they had never kidnapped any persons for ransom and that some people conspire with the police to malign their image.
The public meeting was attended by members of the local clubs, Meira Paibi and Pradhans along with other members.
Talking to reporters, Nahakpam Meme Devi, who was among the four arrested but released on bail later said that the two none Manipuri whom the police charged them of kidnapping for ransom are their business partners . Those non Manipuri Birendra Saha (40) s/o Khilawan Saha from Bihar presently staying at a rented house near Thangal Bazar Kasturi Bridge and Sanjoy Patel (40) s/o Arjun Choudhury were living like family members with Kangabam Jadumani.
Memma Devi said that the four of them who were arrested by the police still is confused about their crime. On that day Birendra and Sanjoy along with Jadumani were accounting money for their business transaction. However, wife of Sanjoy in a telephonic conversation stated that as Birendra has to leave the state and that as Sanjoy had to bear the money that they had to pay, she requested to wait till 11 am of morning as she will come along with someone who can take responsibility of Birendra.
A woman from Nambol whom the 2 non-Manipuris have been doing business called up to them and as she is not aware of the location of Charangpat they went at Yairipok Lamkhai and waited for them. All of a sudden some police personnel in civil dress arrested them from the said place, she added. Later, the four of them who have been charged of kidnapping the non Manipur happened to be a surprise to all of them, she added.