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Diphu tense after family massacred
Correspondent DIPHU, MAY 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 May. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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Tension prevailed in entire Diphu on Wednesday as protesters carried out procession against the massacre of four females, three from a family by unidentified militants yesterday. Three female members of Apu Das’ family, a Congress Ward Commissioner of Dharamnala locality and a female private tutor were shot dead by unidentified gunmen yesterday at around 7: 20 p.m. One female neighbour was also injured in the firing. “The assailants opened fire on all the members sitting in the drawing room and left the spot within minutes,” a police officer said. The victims included Das’s wife Manju (40), daughter Momi (17), niece Juhi (8) and a private tutor, Seema Roy, all of whom died on the spot. Anita Majumdar, the injured neighbour, said,“I heard the gunshots from my kitchen. When I rushed out, a bullet hit me in the leg. I ran back into the house.” She was admitted to Diphu Civil Hospital but shifted to an army hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland, around 40 kms from Diphu. Das is the councillor of ward 3, a thickly populated Dharamnala locality of Diphu town. As a large procession took to the main streets of Diphu along with the bodies of the slain females raising slogans against the killing perpetrated by gunmen on helpless women, shops and other business establishments also remained closed from 10 a.m to 2 p.m as a mark of protest. After delayed postmortems at the Diphu Civil Hospital and other legalities, the last rites of the victims were carried out in the afternoon in traditional Hindu manner at the local cremation ground. Initial enquiry suggested that the assailants who entering the house through the main entrance, escaped through the backyard of the house after killing them. Quoting eyewitnesses, police said that the two gunmen dressed in white T-shirts and half pants carried AK-47 series rifle and a pistol. Police sources said the duo came on foot and fired indiscriminately. The motive behind the massacre could not be established. Apu Das was also not available for comment. Police sources said that the house of Das came under fire last year but no one was hurt in the incident. A passenger bus that belonged to Apu Das’ younger brother was also set ablaze by some miscreants a couple of years back. Police sources yesterday hinted the involvement of NDFB in the massacre. “It could also be an extortion-related case,” a police official said.

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