SIT begins probe into murder of 9 in Nagaland

SIT begins probe into murder of 9 in Nagaland

The SIT constituted to probe killing of nine persons, whose highly decomposed bodies were found blindfolded with hands tied and shot from close range in a gorge in Dimapur, began its probe today, with police still trying to establish the identities of eight victims.

In its first meeting during the day, the Special Investigation Team discussed among other issues, the process of investigation and motive for the murder, Additional SP of Dimapur and a member of the SIT, Watichuchang Jamir said.

The bodies were discovered stacked atop each other at Pachaspura on Friday.

One of the nine victims had been identified as the secretary of Karbi Students' Association Bokajan Branch, Harlongbi Ingti yesterday, he said.

Jamir said he was hopeful that the identities of the other victims would be established by this evening.

Dimapur SP V Z Angami had yesterday said that the corpses were covered with a polythene sheet over which some boulders were placed and it was suspected that the victims might have been killed over a week ago as the bodies were decomposed beyond recognition.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio ordered constitution of the SIT and a High Power Enquiry Committee to inquire into the murder last night, chief minister's secretary L Kire said in a release.

Rio also appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace and extend assistance to the investigating agencies.

Chief Secretary Alemtemshi Jamir said in a notification that a High Power Enquiry Committee (HPEC) headed by Secretary to Justice and Law Department, K N Chishi with Joint Secretary (Home) T Roy and DC, Commissioner's Office Vikiye Kenye as members was constituted to probe the matter.

The government has directed the HPEC to inquire into the incident and suggest remedial measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur, he said.

Meanwhile, four Karbi youths, reported to be missing since December 28, are suspected to be among the eight victims yet to be identified, reports from Diphu said.

The authorities, anticipating further violence in Karbi Anglong following the recovery of the bodies in Dimapur, have imposed curfew in Bokajan area of the district, the reports said quoting officials.

Tension prevailed in the district which witnessed violence and imposition of curfew following the recent killing of six persons, including two militants.

Four persons, including three women, were killed by Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants and in retaliation two ultras were killed by Naga Rengma Hills Protection Force with several houses also set ablaze on December 27 last year. 

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