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NSWC objects bails to accused rapists
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 25(NPN):
Published on 26 Apr. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) has strongly objected to the bail granted to the four accused in April 11 rape incident in Zunheboto, by ADC (J) on April 24 night. NSWC said the “shocking” action has created an unwelcome precedence in such serious crime and sought the intervention of the Governor by demanding immediate cancellation of the bail granted to the four accused and to re-arrest them. NSWC in a representation to the Governor signed by all the three members including it chairperson Sano Vamuzo, members Ellen Konyak and Abeni TCK also demanded that immediate investigation be conducted by a new Investigating Officer and a speedy trail be conducted on the case at the earliest for justice. Meanwhile, amid reports that the main accused in the April 11 rape, identified as one Tito, son of Asheto Kibami of Ghukiye village, was released on bail “at gunpoint” on Friday at around 5.45 p.m., official sources clarified that the accused walked out from custody on the strength of an order issued by the Additional Session Judge(formerly known as ADC-J).It was also stated the police were not informed about grant of bail to the accused. The case took twists and turns right from April 11 when the rape reportedly took place. Initially, the Sumi Totimi Hoho took up the case as per traditional law. It was only on April 14 at around 9 p.m., that the police were informed of the case after which an FIR was lodged. On April 17, police arrested the five accused persons and after preliminary investigation , forwarded them to judicial custody. Four of the accused who were reportedly accomplices, were released on bail on April 18,while the main accused remained under judicial custody.Now there is no one in the custody of the law while the victim, backed by various organizations, seeks justice. The case appears to have also further exposed the loggerhead between police and judiciary in the state.

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