Imphal: Former president of the Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) Sapamcha Kangleipal, arrested in connection with an inflammatory public speech in 2008 and later escaped from security ward of a hospital, has been declared a `proclaimed offender` by a local court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (Imphal east district) N Tonen Meitei announced Kangleipal as a `proclaimed offender` yesterday after a report was submitted to the CJM court by the police that the youth leader had failed to turn up despite warning.
Kangleipal who was arrested in late 2008 under National Security Act (NSA) for making a public speech which `disturbed peace` in the state was kept at a security ward of the J N Hospital at Porompat following health problem.
But Kangleipal escaped from the hospital on the night of December 28, 2008. Police had published notification in the local papers and used public address system at his birthplace at Nongada in Imphal east district on different occasions asking him to report to the police.
Since he had failed to turn up and report, police had informed the CJM court about the non-compliance of their order by the youth leader.
After perusing the police report and hearing all concerned, the CJM Meitei announced in the court that Sapamcha Kangleipal was a `proclaimed offender.