Tension arises with rumour of kidnapping

Imphal: While Manipur Police Control room has been cautioning the people not to spread unverified news and not to believe in rumours, tension rose in valley area with an unverified reported kidnapping case of children on Monday.

Amid the partial banned on internet in the state a rumour was spread in social media reporting that as many as 17 school going students including girls were kidnapped by some unknown miscreants in Bishnupur.

With the swift action from Manipur police the rumour was verified as baseless and reported that there was no kidnapping case in the entire Manipur.

Superintendent of police, Bishnupur, K. Meghachandra told reporters at Nambol police station on Monday evening that three minor girl students informed that they were kidnapped on the pretext of going for a picnic along with about 17 children (total 20 children) by two persons wearing masks from Kabowakching on the way to their school in the same village at around 08.55 am.

They stated that all other 17 children were wearing black clothes. And the three of them changed their school uniform at the relative of one of them. While traveling on the vehicle (reportedly eco van) the became suspicious of the motive of kidnappers and they jumped out from the vehicle at Kamong Maisnam area. However, there was inconsistency in their statements. So proper verification was done by following due formalities. And it was established that their story was fabricated as they skipped their class, the senior police officer said.

After taking statement from the three children, they were handed over to their respective parents, he added.

Meghachandra appealed the people of Manipur and media to kindly abstain from publishing unconfirmed information before verification. “Rumours spreads like wild fire”.

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