Former Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing claimed that the secretary of Adimjati Siksha Ashram (ASA), Pungai Hungyo was kidnapped by a mitant outfit on December 8 for ransom.
Keishing, who is chairman of the ASA and Member of Parliament told reporters last evening that "Hungo was released after paying Rs 30 lakhs on December 16 to the Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council)".
He said the "outfit had freed Hungyo on the condition that another Rs 30 lakh should be paid to them by February 5" and appealed to the authorities to look into the matter and protect Hungyo.
Keishing said ASA did not have much funds and it was wrong assumption of militant outfits that the ASA got enough funds.
He said the ASA, a volutnary organisation, was set up in 1952 as a branch of Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh.