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ASUD ultimatum on gang rape
Published on 2 Apr. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) has demanded arrest of the remaining accused in the March 25 gang-rape case, as soon as possible. It also demanded that the accused now under police custody should not be granted bail and the guilty be punished as per the provision of IPC. It may be recalled that on the midnight of March 25, five miscreants identified as Pinato Sumi, Imtikumzuk, Hetoi alias Hetobu, Kaghato and Sabo Sangtam broke into the residence of Er. Imtiwati Aier at Darogapathar with a hand gun and after tying and blindfolding all the family members, gang-raped the daughter. However, one of the accused Pinato was nabbed by the residents on the same night and is still under police custody while the remaining four are evading arrest. In this connection, the ASUD on Wednesday submitted an ultimatum to the DC and SP, Dimapur at their offices. The ASUD in the ultimatum jointly signed by its president, N. Sashi Walling and secretary, Supongtoshi said the union would take its own course of action in the event of failure by the authorities to meet the demands. Earlier, around 200 office bearers from 51 villages and sub-units of ASUD assembled at its treasurer’s residence, Duncan Basti and proceeded towards DC and SP offices where the ultimatum was handed over to DC and SP by the ASUD officials. Meanwhile, SP, Liremo Lotha after receiving the ultimatum at his office chamber assured the ASUD that the culprits would be arrested soon as the police team was actively taking up the case and information had been passed on to all the districts to nab the culprits. Lotha who is personally taking up the case said, “Where will they run away they are all Nagas, people have identified them.”He said bailing the accused already under police custody was “out of question” as it was a serious case. The SP also urged the young people and the public to come forward to help the police in nabbing the culprits who were still absconding. According to ASUD office bearers, DC Dimapur also assured them to take up the case seriously and to solve the case at the earliest. In the aftermath of the incident, various organizations, students’ bodies, Hohos etc have vehemently condemned the act and demanded severest of punishment to the culprits. While some organizations demanded their banishment from the society, others viewed the laws relating to such crimes as “weak” and said it be revised in order to award befitting punishment. Meanwhile, the police are on a statewide manhunt to nab the remaining four accused. (Condemnations on p 5)

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