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Imphal, February 21 (NNN): Unidentified miscreants brutally killed an abducted non-Manipuri after taking a sum of Rs 10 lakh as ransom. The body of Abhishek Kumar, 26, hailing from Nahar Moutikara village in Benaras district of Uttar Pradesh, was identified only today though the corpse was found in a field yesterday in Keirao Konjeng Lairembi Panung under Irilbung police station in Imphal East district.
 
The victim was kidnapped by some unidentified miscreants on February 13 from Kalibari in Thangal Bazaar here, according to his cousin Devesh Kumar. Whereabouts of Abhishek remained unknown for a week before he was found dead.
 
Local newspapers here reported on Tuesday that a non-local suspected to be Abhishek was found in a field in Keirao Konjeng Lairembi Panung but his face had been cut beyond recognition. However, the body could be established only after his family identified him and an autopsy was conducted at Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) morgue here.
 
On February 15, two days after Abhishek’s abduction, a phone call was received from his mobile number when the kidnappers demanded Rs 20 lakh for his safe release, the victim’s cousin Devesh told reporters while adding that the unknown kidnappers threatened him whether he was after Abhishek’s life or the specific name of the group (militant) when he enquired their identities.
 
On the same day, it was agreed between the two sides to give only Rs 10 lakh and later in the evening Devesh and one of his close friends went to Sapermeina in Senapati district to hand over the ransom money as told by the kidnappers, and bring back Abhishek.
Another phone call from the kidnappers told them that Abhishek was under their captivity in a village near Koubru Leikha so come there on the condition that the ransom money be left in their vehicle.

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