KCP leader Nando escapes, police announce Rs I lakh for information leading to his arrest

Pothashang News Service: Imphal,  March 26: Thokchom Nando, chief of a faction of Kangleipak Communist Party  (KCP), who was involved in the Luningla Elizabeth rape and muder case, today escaped from the secirity ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, Imphal East.

Police has declared Nando “wanted” criminal announcing a cash reward of Rs. one lakh for information leading to the arrest of Nando. The identity of the informant will be kept secret, the announcement said.

Nando was found missing from his bed around 6 am today when one of the jail warder went to check in his ward, police said.

Nando was hospitalized at the JNIMS Orthopaedic department since November 26 last year. On February 8 he underwent surgery for the injury. Nando was guarded round the clock by jail security personnel besides being cuffed to his bed, said an official.

Jail warder H. Rockson said the key to Nando’s hand-cuff was handed over to him by his fellow warder Rameshwar after his shift. After a few seconds Rockson went to check on Nando and found missing from his bed.

A top police team led by director general of police LM Khaute, rushed to the hospital and inspected the ward where Nando was lodged.

Nando is charged with cases of extortion, kidnapping including the rape and murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, daughter of former rural development and panchayati raj minister Francis Ngajokpa.

Elizabeth who was eight years old was kidnapped from her Little Flower School on November 4, 2008 and found dead eight days after .

Her decomposed body was found inside a gunny bag not very far from her school despite being paid a ransom of Rs. 10 lakh.

Elizabeth was kidnapped for the ransom of Rs. 15 lakhs.

The CBI submitted its chargesheet in the case on January 3, 2008.

The judgement order of the murder trial is due to be announced on March 30.

Despite having lodged in jail since 2003, Nando had been found involved in multiple cases of murder, extortion etc.



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