Pherzawl (zoramobserver.com): Mr Alan Zohmingsang alias Zobakkir and Mr Lalsansuok have been missing mysteriously since June 19 along with their vehicle. (See the timeline below for latest update)
According to sources from Churachandpur, the two were travelling from Pherzawl towards Churachandpur town and they are said to be missing between Thanlon and Aina. The Assam Rifles has a check gate in Aina and sources told zoramobserver.com that no entry of their vehicle has been made by the sentries.
Zohmingsang (27) of Leisen village is the driver of Tata Sumo (ML 05H 4393) and Lalsansuok (24) of Pherzawl village is the handyman.
Hmar Youth Association president Laldawnlien Varte has sent S.O.S messages to his civilian counterparts including the Zomi Youth Association and Churachandpur Superintendent of Police Rakesh Balwal seeking their assistance.
“We are working on it along with the Assam Rifles (to trace the missing persons),” Varte quoted Balwal as saying.
According to a missing report filed at the Thanlon Police Station, the duo reached Thanlon at around 12.30 pm.
“They left Thanlon at 1 am for Churachandpur town. They were supposed to reach by June 20. However, they have not been seen till today,” said an FIR filed by family members of the missing persons.
As the road between Thanlon and Churachandpur are good, chances of accidents are slim, said some sources. Meanwhile, others also speculate about the two being “whisked away” by some robbers or by “unknown forces”.
Timeline in search of ‘missing persons’ from Pherzawl District:
- June 19, 2017; 8.00 pm approx: Alan and Lalsansuok left Pherzawl for Churachandpur town.
- June 19, 2017; 12:30 pm approx: They reached Thanlon.
- June 20, 2017; 1:00 am approx: After refreshing themselves, the two are said to have left Thanlon hoping to reach Churachandpur early in the morning.
- June 20 to June 22, 2017: Worried family members call up friends and travellers asking for signs of the two missing people. Some people posted on social media about the two people asking for any information that may lead to their whereabouts.
- June 23, 2017; Between 9 am to 1 pm: HYA president Laldawnlien Varte intimidates the Churachandpur SP Rakesh Balwal and the police officer said his men along with the Assam Rifles were “working on the case”. A ‘missing person’ FIR is filed at Thanlon Police Station by relatives.
- June 23, 2017; 1:20 pm approx: According to Alan’s brother Nghaka (who travelled from Rengkai to the area where his brother was rumoured to be last seen – between Aina army camp and Thanlon), their vehicle was found near Suongsang village. However, the missing persons are yet to be traced.
- June 23, 2017; 6:40 pm approx: CCpur SP Rakesh Balwal told Zoram Observer that “Thanlon Police Station team and 33 Assam Rifles are on the search mission”. Social activists and organisations are coordinating to find the now “missing persons”. Unconfirmed sources point to many angles, but zoramobserver.com will not publish these “wild rumours” doing the rounds in social media with the hope that the two people will be back safely with their families as soon as possible.
- June 23, 2017; 8:10 pm: Zoramobserver.com has been informed that a case of kidnapping has been filed at Thanlon Police Station. Police has identified the suspects and their leaders have been summoned again. Efforts are on to get the hostage free as soon as possible, sources said.
- June 24, 2017; 11:30 am: United Peoples’ Forum meeting convened; leaders from various civil societies and SoO outfits meet in Churachandpur. It is by now assumed that the “missing persons” were either held by a group or a particular village over personal issues. Outcome of the meeting yet to be publicised.
- June 24, 2017; 6:45 pm: Police sources told zoramobserver.com that they have been informed about the two “missing persons”. “The two persons called Hmar Youth Association (leaders) that they are safe and sound,” the police said. Thanlon MLA Mr. Vungzagin Valte (under whose constituency the two went missing), Churachandpur SP Rakesh Balwal and HYA leaders also met 27 Sector Command of the Assam Rifles in the afternoon.
- June 24, 2017; 10:45 pm: Tipaimukh Road Transport Cooperative Society chairman Lalneilien appeals to the public not to spread rumours on social media like Facebook and WhatsApp in the interests of the two “missing men.”
- June 25, 2017: The missing men are dropped off at Santing village. Hmar Youth Association and Zomi Youth Association leaders reunite them with their families late in the night after reaching Churachandpur town. Read the Report here: Missing case ends on happy note; many questions unanswered.