In a most gruesome incident, the triple-murder of a family at Bor-Lengri area in nearby Karbi Anglong (Assam) sent shock waves across Dimapur Friday.
The three victims were identified as - Rhonsuo Odyuo (30) son of late Khontesmo Odyuo of Changpang village, his wife Alice Sumi (21), and his sister Shanchobeni Patton, wife of Libemo Patton, GB of Doyang village.
SP Diphu B.B.Chetri, who was at the scene of the crime, told Nagaland Post that the body of Rhonsuo was discovered about a kilometer away from the house, by the roadside.
The bodies of both the women were found inside the house- Alice Sumi’s in the bedroom and Shanchobeni’s in the sitting room. The bodies of both women were naked from the waist down, police said.
Family members revealed that Rhonsuo, a young contractor got married to Alice only last year. His sister (Shanchobeni Patton), had arrived for some treatment and stayed with the couple.
The murder weapon, a machete (dao) was recovered outside the house and believed to have been used to hack all three victims.The bodies bore deep cut wound on the neck and throats including other parts of the bodies.
Police also believed that the murderers had attempted to get away in the car of the victim (Maruti Alto) after the crime, but had to abandon the car after it got stuck in the muddy ground inside the compound.
Some of the neighbours who spoke to Nagaland Post, disclosed that late Rhonsuo had recently received some payment and opined that the motive could have been money.
They also said both women were probably pregnant. Khatkhati Police, which looks after Bor-Lengri, were unable to attribute any specific motive for the murder or probable identities of the killers.
The post-crime scene, suggested that the killers may have been sitting inside the house as indicated by four chairs around matchboxes on a small table. Theories abound about the motive of the crime but so far these remained speculative.
However questions arise as to whether late Rhonsuo or any of the women knew the killers since the latter were believed to have been sitting inside for sometime.
The other question is-whether Rhonsuo was taken away and murdered or was he accosted while coming home.
Neighbours told Nagaland Post that none of them heard of any noise on Thursday night. Police also took away the CCTV installed inside the victim’s house. A suitcase, two locks and CDs were found inside the car (red color Maruti Alto).
The bodies were handed over to family members after post mortem was conducted late Friday evening. Bor-Lengri is located very close to Dimapur’s Lengrijan colony. The colony falls under Assam and the population comprises of a large number of Naga tribes and other communities.
Diphu correspondent adds: Khatkati police has launched a manhunt in the area. Police said the incident could have happened late Thursday night as number of neighbours saw them till 9 p.m. “We are working on whatever evidences available…and subsequently nab the culprits”, police sources said.
Kyong Hoho: Kyong Hoho has strongly condemned the inhuman murder of Rhonsuo Odyuo son of Lt. Khontesmo Odyuo of Chanpang Village, resident of Bor-Lingiri, “rape and murder” of Mrs. Alice Odyuo wife of Rhonsuo Odyuo and Mrs. Shanchobeni Patton wife of Libemo Patton, GB of Doyang Village on May 16 night.
Kyong Hoho president Yansathung Jami and general secretary Michael Yanthan in a statement urged both district administration of Assam and Nagaland to book the culprits at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the hoho expressed heartfelt condolences and prayed that the Almighty God give solace to the bereaved family at this hour of grief.
CHEE: Chanpang Haphoe Evan Ekhung (CHEE) in a statement strongly condemned “the dastardly killings of one of its bonafide members late Ronsuo Odyuo, his wife late Alice Odyuo and his sister late Shanchobeni at Bor-lengiri by unknown savages, on the night of 16th May 2013.
CHEE chairman, David Kinghen and general secretary Lidemo Kikon further appealed to the investigating and law enforcing agencies “to leave no stone unturned to nab and award the harshest of punishments to the perpetrators of this heinous crime”.
CHEE also prayed that Almighty grant courage to members of the bereaved family during this dark passage.
CLOU: Changpang Land Owners’ Union (CLOU) has also condemned the “inhuman” act meted out to three family members in Bor-Lengri. CLOU said that late Alice was pregnant and his sister Shanchobeni who had come to Dimapur for a medical treatment.
The union has appealed to Diphu police and Dimapur police authorities to work in coordination so as to book the culprits and take stringent actions against the perpetrators of the “unimaginable act” within seven days.
CLOU warned that if same was not done within seven days, it would be forced to take its own course of action.
NCD: Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) has condemned the gruesome incident, and has demanded the arrest those involved at the earliest. NCD general secretary Ntsemo Ngullie called for a “coordinated effort by Assam and Nagaland police to trace out the offender of the heinous crime”.
He further appealed that the “relation between the two states should not hamper due to negligence on the part of Assam police in bringing the guilty to book”.
DNSU: Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has vehemently condemned the brutal murder where three Nagas were killed at Bor-lengri. DNSU president, Machio Odyuo said that the three were killed in a “barbaric inhuman nature” and urged the competent authority to take up the case without any bias.
The union further said that it would not remain a mute spectator till justice was delivered to the victims.
40 Bhandari MLA condemns: 40 Bhandhari A/C MLA Mmhonlumo Kikion, has strongly condemned the triple murder. Talking to Nagaland Post, the MLA said “I join the Nagas in condemning the most inhuman and heinous murder of the three persons at Bor-Lingri.”
He said no stone should be left unturned in finding the culprits and bringing them to book. The victims were simple and peace loving Naga folks and did not deserve the cruel fate inflicted upon them by diabolic forces, said the MLA.
NFP minority cell: Naga People’s Front (NPF) minority cell while strongly condemning the brutal killing, said “such senseless killing was an act of cowardice”. Minority cell president Bishnu Bhattacharjee in a statement further urged the Karbi Anglong district administration, “to draw up action plans for providing adequate security to the innocent people residing in Bor-lengri area”.
The cell conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
JD (U) Nagaland unit: Janata Dal (United) has vehemently condemned the brutal murder of three in Boro Lengri area, near Nagaland-Assam border.
Terming the incident as “inhumane act”, JD (U) appealed all to condemn the incident. It has also urged the Assam and Nagaland police to book and punish the culprits at the earliest.
JD (U) has conveyed its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prays to God to grant solace to the family members.