German national abducted, man-hunt on
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 25: State police forces have been alerted following the abduction of a German national by suspected militants of Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) on March 23.The whereabouts of the abducted German national, identified as Heinrich Wolfgang is not known yet and police are trying its best to locate and free him from the clutches of the militants.

Heinrich Wolfgang had arrived here along with a German lady identified as Edda Kirlies on March 21 on the invitation of United NGO Mission, Chingmeirong to monitor the activities of the Germany funded NGOs in the State.

Official sources said that on the fateful day at about 2.20 pm, Wolfgang accompanied by the officials of the Fraternal Green Care/Voluntary For Village Development, Chingmeirong, was on his way to inspect the progress of a Germany funded project being taken up near Maphou Dam and to address a training programme being organized there.

It may be noted here that, the NGO, Fraternal Green Care/Voluntary for Village Development was formed after the Naga-Kuki carnage with a view to promote peace and harmony.

The NGO is presently taking up a project called Local Capacity for Peace under Germany funding.

As they were approaching Maphou Dam, the inspection team was waylaid by suspected KLA cadres near Moirang Purel who picked up Wolfgang and let the other officials free.

The German lady, Edda Kirlies, was however not on the trip.

She is presently staying at United NGO Mission.

On hearing about the abduction, security personnel were pressed into action and have since been trying their best track the German national.

But so far Wolfgang has not been released by his abductors nor is there any trace of his whereabouts, sources said.

However, a top police official claimed that all necessary security measures for rescuing Wolfgang have been taken up.

Police are trying to locate all possible places where the abductors might be keeping him, he added.

Following the abduction, officials of the United Peace Mission yesterday evening met the Chief Minister and later submitted a memorandum urging him to ensure the safe release of the visiting German national.

Meanwhile, sources alleged that the kidnappers had demanded Rs 1 crore for the safe release of Wolfgang.