M Ibotomba told reporters today that his son, Mutum Nongpoknganba, left his house at Basikhong area on the outskirts of Imphal at around 5.30 a.m. of July 4 for a morning walk. When he did not return till 7 a.m. of that day, he along with local residents launched a massive search for his son, but they could not find the boy.
A student of class four at nearby Standard Robert School, Nongpoknganba never left his house for long hours, Ibotomba said appealing to the general public to inform him or nearby police station, if anybody found his son.
Ibotomba has lodged a complaint with the nearby Irilbung police station in Imphal East district. Police said they would investigate whether the boy was picked up by any militant outfit to recruit him in their ranks. Official sources said on earlier occasions that some militant outfits picked up young boys to recruit them in their ranks.