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NIA Raids Lamyanba Pakhang, Seizes Audit Reports

A computer at Ereibak from which the hard disc was removed and NIA sleuths after the raid. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, Apr 27: Sleuths of National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted a raid at the complex of Lamyanba Pakhang located at Palace Compound here.

The raid was conducted by a team of NIA led by its SP Pani from 9.50am to 4.20 pm. The campus of Lamyanba was strictly kept off limit for the civilians, including the staff of the daily newspaper Ireibak which is published there.

The complex of Lamyanba Pakhang houses the office of Ireibak daily, Lamyanba Printers, Lamyanba Gymnasium, Lamyanba Polo Club and the newly constructed Lamyanba building.

It is said that during the raid the NIA team have confiscated one diary of 2003 containing 162 pages, the audit reports of 2007 60 2011, annual statement ending March 31 this year, papers regarding issue of ISBN numbers for publishing agency, registration certificate, an order of the SDO Imphal East, meeting notices and photocopies of the Gift Deeds from the drawer of Taorem Mangi, who is the manager of Lamyanba Printers.

In addition, the seizure list of the NIA mentioned confiscation of hard disk of a PC which was placed in the room of the Editor of Ireibak. The seizure memo has been signed by two officers of the Office of Accountant General (Audit), Manipur as witnesses.

While coming out after the raid, the NIA team declined to give any comment to the waiting media persons.

Though personnel of Manipur Police and CRPF have accompanied the NIA team, the police did not participate in the raid.

When a media team entered the Lamyanba complex after the NIA team left, the table of the manager of Lamyanba Printers was found in great mess.

With exemption to a hard disk, the newsroom and the editor’s room of Ireibak daily have not been touched in the raid. However, two steel almirahs, one kept in Lamyanba Shanglen and the other in another room, have been found broken. Manager of Lamyanba Printers Taorem Mangi told media persons that he was asked by the NIA team whether any works related to the proscribed UNLF are printed or not.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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