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Thousands rally against killing in Dimapur

A section of the rallyists gathered at DC court on Monday Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Feb 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Feb. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Demanding that the killers of Atovi H Yepthomi be arrested within 15 days and the reason/motive behind the killing be made known to the Thahekhu village authorities, the Thahekhu Village Council (TVC) organized a silent procession from New Market area to Deputy Commissioner’s office on Monday. Atovi, a dry fish dealer, was killed by unidentified gunmen near Durga Mandir, New Market, on January 25. In its memorandum submitted to DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier, the TVC also warned that it will be compelled to take its own course of action according to the customary and village laws in the event of the district administration’s failure to apprehend the killer(s) within the stipulated time. The TVC also questioned the efficacy of the police personnel deputed during that particular time as the crime was committed hardly 30 meters away from the police assistance booth at New Market. The memorandum jointly signed by the head GB Hukiye Yeptho and GB Tovito Aye of Thahekhu village and TVC chairman Yekheto T Aye also questioned the administration as to how the armed killer(s) could sneak past the police mobile check points and heavy frisking by police and IRB personnel and commit such heinous and dastardly crime on the eve of Republic Day when the security was supposedly on highest alert all over the state. The DC while paying homage to late Atovi assured that the district administration will not leave any stone unturned in apprehending the culprits behind the merciless killing. He also disclosed that 80 percent of evidence has been gathered while two persons have already been detained and their mobiles seized. He also assured the rallyists that the assailants will be brought to justice and punished according to the law of the land. The large number of rallyists comprising Thahekhu villagers, GBs, business community, leaders and representatives from various groups and students holding placards which read “Let justice prevail”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”, “Down with bloodshed” etc marched to the DC office from New Market. The head GB of Thahekhu village, Hukiye Yepthomi, handed over the memorandum to the DC in presence of Congress MLAs Hewoto Awomi and Azheto Zhimomi, GBs, SP Dimapur, various public leaders, DMC members and DNSU representatives. Hukiye expressed gratitude to the rallyists for their cooperation in joining the procession. Meanwhile, a police officer interacting with Nagaland Post said police have already got the “clues” and that the culprits will be arrested in the given “stipulated time”. He also said two persons, a female and businessman (non-local), have already been arrested in connection with the killing and their interrogation is on. Admitting “negligence” on the part of the police, he lamented that the public is not very cooperative towards the police. He said FIRs are not lodged in time as a result of which many accused go scot-free in many cases. Meanwhile, Dimapur police has deployed additional security in and around Dimapur, especially in market places, to avoid such incidents. All the business establishments downed their shutters in Dimapur during the period of the rally. However, educational institutions and government offices functioned normally.

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