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KCCI calls for indefinite closure over killing

Dead body of Pradip Prasad wrapped in white clothes at North PS Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, April 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Apr. 2009 1:23 AM IST
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Following the recovery of the dead body of abducted businessman Pradip Prasad, under a culvert of the new road connecting the New Secretariat and new High Court complex Thursday, the Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has called for an indefinite closure of shops and business establishments in Kohima beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, April 24. Police recovered the body on receiving information Thursday afternoon underneath the culvert at around 1.15 p.m. The body was wrapped in white cotton cloth and appeared like a mummy. On unwrapping the cloth at the North PS, it was discovered that the entire body had tell tale marks of torture including several cuts leading to suspicion that the victim might have been tortured to death. It may be mentioned, that the victim, Pradip Prasad, who ran a variety shop in Super Market area was abducted by miscreants on Monday evening while returning home after closing his shop. The abductors later rang up the younger brother at around 8 p.m., demanding ransom of Rs. 5 lakh. After negotiation, the abductors agreed to receive Rs.1.5 lakh for releasing the victim. However, at around 3 am Thursday, the abductor called back and informed that they no longer wanted the ransom paid as the captive had died due to torture. Reacting to the shocking abduction and murder, the Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has called for an indefinite shop closure in the state capital starting from Friday at 6.00 am in the wake of the abduction and subsequent murder of one of its members, late Pradip Prasad by unidentified persons in Kohima. KCCI said the indefinite closure will continue till those responsible were brought to justice. The KCCI also informed that it has decided to observe April 23, 2009 as a black day and hoist black flags at all the business establishments in Kohima. It also informed that the last rites for late Prasad will be held at the KCCI Tower, South Gate Kohima Local ground at 8:00 am. Later, a silent procession will be taken through the main town before submission of a memorandum to the DC Kohima. In this regard, the KCCI has directed all the business owners and the various units and the area representatives within its jurisdiction, to assemble all its members to join the procession which will start at the KCCI Office at 10:00am. Expressing shock at what it termed as “brutal murder” the KCCI stated that the incident has created a sense of panic and fear psychosis in the minds of the business Community. It said its earlier apprehension of such an incident taking place was proved right. The KCCI also appealed to the general public to support the closure and to bear with the inconveniences while giving an open invitation to right thinking organizations to extend solidarity with its cause. KCCI however exempted Pharmacies, pedestrian sand vehicular movement from its indefinite closure call. Condemnations Meanwhile, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has “vehemently” condemned the abduction and “beastly” murder of late Pradip Prasad by miscreant. NSF assistant general secretary, Thoshusie Katiry in a condemnation note said such criminal act was totally unwanted and condemnable at the highest degree by the all. Asserting that resurgence of all anti- social elements would create a sharp impact of imbalances and fear psychosis towards the business community in the society, NSF appealed all conscious citizens to be more vigil in combating with such criminal activities. It also urge upon law enforcing agency to curb the culprit and award befitting punishment. Further, NSF has also extended its solidarity to Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Kohima in taking all necessary initiatives in different form of protest to ventilate their grievances and demands for justice in the larger interest of the welfare of business community. In a separate press note NSCN (I-M) Angami region has also condemned the abduction and subsequent killing of a non-local businessman. NSCN (I-M) deputy kilonser and supervisor, Angami region, KK Angami said such “inhuman” act was intolerable in the Naga society. Assuring that there was no involvement from their part, NSCN (I-M) said they would not remain silent till the culprit(s) was nabbed and appropriate action taken. It has also urged all likeminded people to condemn and disapprove such inhuman act in Naga society.

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