H Ngaopunii Lanah hails from Purul Akutpa village of Manipur’s Senapati district Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: An official of the All Manipur Traditional Belt Wrestling Association (AMTBWA) reportedly went missing en route to Hyderabad on Wednesday.

According to reports, H Ngaopunii Lanah, who hails from Manipur’s Senapati district, was travelling on a train along with 32 other members, including the team manager, coach and assistant coach of the AMTBWA, when he went missing. The team was travelling to Telangana to attend the 8th National Traditional Wrestling & Pankration Championship 2019, to be held at the LB Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad from November 21 to 24.

Lanah, who hails from Purul Akutpa village of Senapati, was leading the contingent, the reports said.

On November 19, the team boarded the East Coast Express from Kolkata’s Howrah Junction station at 11:45 am and was scheduled to reach their destination – Hyderabad Deccan station at 5:55 pm on November 20. However, the official never reached the designated place, the reports said.

Lanah was last seen wearing a sky-blue full-sleeve T-shirt and a pair of dark brown trousers by his team members at 7:30 am on Wednesday morning. He probably went missing between Dwarapudi and Tadepalligudem stations in Andhra Pradesh, his team members said.

According to family sources, a search operation has been carried out by the Nampally Railway Police Force (RPF) of Hyderabad since Wednesday after his missing report was filed.

“A missing person FIR was registered at the Hyderabad police station on Thursday morning. However, so far, there have been no leads of his whereabouts,” head coach Udoichan Toubul told EastMojo over phone.

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