KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – After eight days of public indignation over the disappearance of Don Bosco School Imphal student, Takhellambam Rahul Singh was found loitering around Chandel Bazar around 2:30pm on 30 April. Rahul had gone missing on April 21 after he left the school campus for the school boarding.
“We are extremely relieved and most delighted to have Rahul back safe and sound,” said the Rector and Principal of the School Fr C.C. Jose, in Kolkata rushing back to Imphal after addressing a national seminar in Bangalore.
“I am personally grateful to God and thank all authorities and people of good will who rallied around showing their support at this hour of tragedy,” said the principal who was greeted with the happy news on landing in Kolkata at 3.00 pm yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Imphal East SDPO, RK Khomdon reached the Chandel SP office at around 8 pm and took custody of the boy who was found in a traumatised condition and looked drugged.
About the same time family members and school authorities also reached the police station.
The Police could not ascertain whether the boy was released by his captors following public pressure or he escaped on his own.
In the wake of rising child kidnapping cases inthe state, a militant outfit had claimed custody of the class VII student of Don Bosco High School, Chingmeirong T Rahul and demanded Rs 3 lakhs (USD 5,770) as ransom from the school authorities for the safe release of the boy.
Student bodies including the All Manipur Students Union, Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, Kangleipak Students’ Association, Student Welfare Association of Kangleipak and Student Union of Kangleipak had convened a press conference, 26 April at the AMSU headquarters to condemn the act of terrorism and draw up course of action.
Rahul Singh, is son of T Sunil Singh of Ngaikhong Khullen, Bishnupur district.