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Mass search for missing Assam cop called off

Aizawl: Mass search for missing Assam Police constable Sabin Nath who was deployed in Ngopa village of Manipur border Saitual district as security during election to the Mizoram legislative assembly, has been called off on Sunday, village leaders of Ngopa village said.

In Mizo traditional practice, mass search for any missing person is called off on the seventh day of search, while local volunteers and relatives still continued the search even after the mass search is called off.

Sabin Nath, constable of the 9th battalion of the Assam Police, was found missing at around 7 AM on November 5 (Sunday) from the building of Government Ngopa Middle School-2, where he and other policemen were camping.

A search party comprising personnel of the 9th AP battalion and the local volunteers began the search on the first day, a senior Mizoram police in charge of making arrangements for security personnel deployed in the state on election duty said.

The search was joined since November 6 by joint Young Mizo Association (YMA) of Ngopa as well as volunteers from nearby villages including Branch YMA of nearby NE Khawdungsei village, Tuiphal Group YMA, Kawlbem Branch YMA and Luangpawn Branch YMA.

State police also used the services of Police canine team brought from Aizawl, but commented that the trace was already cold due to time and a number of volunteers being engaged in the massive search.

The programme of calling off the mass search was held at Ngopa village presided over by the village council president K. Lalremsiama and Ngopa pastoral pastor Rev. E. Ramchullova offering prayers for the missing cop.

YMA leaders said that though the mass search has been called off, search by fewer volunteers will continue in accordance with the Mizo tradition.

The search parties also received support from civil societies in Ngopa and surrounding villages in cash and in kind during the mass search.

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