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Condemnations over Kohima killing
Dimapur, Apr 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Apr. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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Various organizations especially the business communities across the state have vehemently condemned the abduction and murder of Pradeep Prasad, a businessman in Kohima on Monday whose body recovered on Thursday near New Secretariat Complex, Kohima. Hindu Mandir Society Kohima (HMSK), Nagaland has in strongest terms condemned the brutal murder of one of its member Pradeep Prasad - the owner of a grocery shop in Super Market, Kohima who hailed from Motihari District of Bihar. According to press release issued by HMSK secretary, Jagdamba Mall the miscreants picked late Prasad on Monday at about 5.30 p.m while returning home after closing the shop. Later at around 7.30 pm Prasad’s family members received a phone call asking them to send Rs. 5 lakhs if they want his safe return. The HMSK said there was no prior extortion note from any faction or anybody. During the negotiation, it was reportedly agreed to pay Rupees Two Lakhs. But the family members however received another phone call stating that they need not pay any money as Pradeep had been killed. His body was recovered on Thursday afternoon near New Secretariat Complex, Kohima. According to HMSK, the miscreants had not shot any bullet but “tortured him, beat him thoroughly at vulnerable organs and finally killed him.” The HMSK said liquor bottles, wrappers of uncle chips, empty cigarette packets and remains of burnt cigarette sticks were found near the dead body. The HMSK appealed the state government to act swiftly, arrest the culprits and punish them as per law of land to restore the faith of the people in law enforcing agencies. It expressed gratitude to KCCI, Angami Public Organization (APO), Angami Students’ Union (ASU), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Angami Mothers’ Association (AMA), NSF and other civil organizations who stood firmly by the side of the bereaved family members and the “panicked trader community.” It also thanked the media in Nagaland for drawing the attention of the government authorities and the people at large on the “feeble law and order prevailing in Kohima.” The Mokokchung Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) also strongly condemned the abduction and murder of Pradeep Prasad and urged the authority responsible to take necessary action to book the culprits immediately failing which it warned to follow the step taken by the KCCI like that if indefinite closure of shops. MCCI president, Lanukaba and general secretary Bendang Walling through a statement extended support to the KCCI move for the closure of business establishment and appealed to all the business institution to extent necessary support to their demand. The Angami Women Organisation (AWO) outrightly condemned the incident and urged the law enforcing agencies to book the criminals and award exemplary punishment at the earliest. AWO president, Medovino Dolie and press secretary Rokokhono Tacü in a statement also acknowledged and extended full support to the actions taken by the KCCI. The NPCC also extended full support to the strike called by KCCI demanding justice in the murder case of businessman, Pradeep Prasad in Kohima.

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