MLA Jayentakumar says vehicle seized with opium does not belong to him

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Imphal: MLA L. Jayentakumar Singh has clarified that the vehicle seized along with opium by a team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) on Wednesday is not related to him as the said vehicle has already been sold to Salam Khelen Singh of Tinsid road Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East.

“The vehicle is not related with me,” Jayentakumar told reporters at his residence here on Thursday.

Khelen is the younger brother of S. Khogen who was arrested along with opium by NAB.

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He said the details of the vehicle is included in election affidavit as the vehicle was sold on February 12 after the filing of nomination paper for Phase-I Manipur State Assembly Elelction.

As per ‘deed of sale’ it is mentioned that the vehicle (Toyota Fortuner) bearing registration number MN06LA 3456 was sold to Salam Khelen Singh, son of Salam Bobi Singh of Tinsid Road Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East. The deed also mentioned that its witness is one assistant professor, Maibam Haripriya Devi. The paper work for transfer of ownership of the vehicle has already completed from his side however, only changing of name of the owner was left. The delay on changing the name of the ownership might be due to engagement of transport officials related to election, he added.

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He appealed the authority concerned of the transport department to avoid delay in changing names of ownership of a vehicle as similar cases might happen to some innocent persons.

Khelen said the vehicle was bought from Jayentakumar on February 12 and he had all the related document including the court affidavit. As model code of conduct of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election has already started and the transport officials were engaged in connection with the election, he failed to change the ownership of the vehicle in time, he added.

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He appealed the people not to wrongly take Jayentakumar.

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