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SST, DNSU, DVC, ASUD, condemn rape, robbery
Published on 29 Mar. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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Sungratsu Senso Telongjem (SST), Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU), Darogapathar Village Council (DVC) and Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) have in strongest terms condemned the alleged gang-rape of a girl by five miscreants and robbery in the same house on March 25 at Darogapathar area, Dimapur. Sungratsu Senso Telongjem (SST) vehemently condemned the incident where five armed miscreants broke into the residence of Imtiwati Aier of Sungratsu village at Darogapathar, Dimapur and gangraped the daughter, attempted to kill the wife and stole valuable items from the house. The union described the crime as “barbaric and inhuman” saying it was beyond human toleration in a civilized society. In view of the incident, the SSU held an emergency meeting on March 27 and resolved not to remain a silent spectator but to put all efforts to obtain justice. The union has also appealed to all right thinking citizens to condemn such crime and to cooperate with the law enforcing agencies to book the culprits at the earliest. A joint press statement issued by DNSU president, Solomon L Awomi and general secretary, Kenneth Rengma described the act as “barbaric and shameless” and said that there was no place for such people in Naga society. DNSU opined that such people should be banished from the society according to the law of the land, in order to “Heal our Land” and to live in harmony. The union has urged state authority and district administration to book the culprit at the earliest and award befitting punishment. It also appealed all right thinking Nagas and communities to fight against such act. DNSU vice president, Medovoi Medeo and general secretary I Mangyang Jamir in a separate press statement also condemned the incident and urged authority responsible to speed up investigation and nab the remaining culprits at the earliest. It also demanded that no bail be granted to those involved but award the severest of punishment. “These kind of anti-social elements should be terminated from the society…” the DNSU said and also lauded residents of the colony for apprehending the culprit. Darogapathar Village Council (DVC) condemned the incident calling it ‘barbaric and inhuman’. Council chairman, Tsukjem Jamir, and secretary, Ate Kapfo in a joint press release has requested the people to provide information and cooperate with the law enforcing agencies, investigating the case. Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) called the “barbaric act of dacoit and gang-rape” as condemnable by all and requested the law enforcing agencies not to bailout the accused but to award exemplary punishment. A press release issued by ASUD president, N Sashi Walling and general secretary, Supongtoshi said there was no place for such people in a civilized society. SSU further urged the security agencies not to allow any individual or group to bail out the arrested accused until all the involved criminals are arrested at the earliest and punished as per law otherwise the union stated that it would take its own course of action. Earlier, one member of the rapist-gang identified as Pinato Sumi was caught by the residents and handed over to police. It was learnt that one more suspect was taken into police custody on Saturday.

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