Mothers demand for safe release of two missing boys, bandh extended till Saturday 1pm

Imphal: Mothers of the two missing boys of Akham, Imphal West have urged the miscreants who kidnapped the boys to set them free so that they can prepare for the matric exam.

Ningthoujam Anthony, 19 and Maibam Avinash, 16, went missing since Sunday after losing their way on a bike in the Kanglatombi area in Imphal West, considered a red zone during the present communal conflict in Manipur.

The two mothers, along with locals, staged a sit-in rally at Akham on Thursday, demanding safe release of the boys.

Speaking to reporters, Premlata, mother of Avinash and Devarana, mother of Anthony, said that their sons were innocent kids were just going for a ride at Sekmai and they disappeared.

They questioned the government for failing to trace the whereabouts of their sons, despite arresting two of the accused involved in the kidnapping.

Emphasising that the kids are not associated with any groups, especially in the current conflict, as they are preparing for the matriculation exam next year, they requested the authorities to help set free the two students.

The joint action committe formed against the missing of Anthony and Avinash announced the extension of the nine-hour statewide bandh called from Friday 4 am till Saturday 1 pm.

According to the action committe member M.  Sunilkumar, the bandh was extended due to the government’s failure to trace the whereabouts of the duo, despite apprehending two of the involved culprits.

He questioned whether the government had merely detained individuals unrelated to the case to suppress public movement.

He cautioned that a significant public movement would arise if the government fails to rescue the two boys within the 33-hour statewide bandh.

He sought cooperation and support of the public in the movement to get the two missing boys.

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