Girls missing, hotels raided
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 09 2008: Even as the case of five Zeliangrong girls including four from Tamenglong district of Manipur being sold off in a night club at Malaysia after being taken on promise of jon offer is still fresh, report of two young Meitei girls missing has come about.

Along with arrest of a woman in this connection, police raided some of the hotels in Ukhrul town today.

Residents of Heingang under Heingang Police Station of Imphal East district, the two girls have been reportedly missing after they went out from their respective houses in the afternoon of October 4 .

Along with arrest of a woman, searching for two persons namely Minthing alias Athing (25) s/o of Thomas Nepali and Ashang Tangkhul (23) s/o late Tenjing Tangkhul, both residents of Kamjong, Ukhrul district, who are alleged to be involved in the case, a team of Heingang police today raided some of the hotels in Ukhrul town.

The arrested woman has been identified as Hormila Tangkhul (40) w/o late H Tenjing of Liatang under Kamjong sub-division.

She is the mother of Ashang.

According to police, the family members of the two girls lodged report with the police on the same day they went missing.

Athing had been staying along with Hormila and her son Ashang at a fish farm located just opposite to the Heingang police station, working as a chowkidar and doing other odd jobs for the last 3 months.

According to family members, the two missing girls have gone out from home at around 2 pm of October 4 .

However, at around 2.20 pm, they were last seen going along with Athing and Shang from near a bus waiting shed of Mantripukhri.

As they did not returned home even after dark, missing reports were filed with the police.

Even if the two young girls have eloped with the intention of getting married, then the family members of the two boys should have come to inform about it in accordance to the tradition.

Since they did not come, we assumed that the two girls have been abducted, the family members said, adding that they would like to be informed about the where-abouts of the two missing girls.

On the other hand, police report further said that the two girls worked together with the two accused boys in the NREGS works being taken up in Heingang Gram Panchayat and they seem to have some sort of affairs but nothing could be ascertained as of now.