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Pregnant mother, minor daughter found murdered
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Dec. 2009 12:33 AM IST
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Police, after being informed by Jotsoma villagers who discovered the body of one female at around 8 p.m.rushed to the site and stumbled on the gruesome murders. First, police discovered the body of a pregnant mother identified as Shonglok Tuesday at around 10 p.m.Owing to darkness the search continued the following Wednesday when the body of her one and half year old daughter identified as Angep was found inside a gunny bag near the same spot where the mother’s body was discovered. Both were reported missing since November 28 at around 11.30 am from their residence at Upper Agri colony, near Ao Baptist Church, Kohima.The bodies were discovered at the area called “Lovers’ Paradise” near Jotsoma. Police said the deceased believed to be in the fourth month of pregnancy, Shanglok was the wife of one havildar Ngamching K.from Totok village under Phomching area. Police suspect that pregnant mother died on the spot after being hit with a blunt object. The little girl was suspected to have been strangulated to death and body put inside a gunny bag. The murdered woman was the second wife of Hav. Ngamching Konyak, working in the Intelligence branch at the state police headquarters and presently attached with an MLA as a body guard. Though, the motive for the gruesome murder was not known, police suspected family dispute to be one of the possible reasons. A case was registered at the South Police Station, Kohima and investigations are on.No arrest has been made so far. After a funeral service both the bodies were taken for burial at the cemetery, New Reserve after completing the formalities, Wednesday afternoon. Condemnations Meanwhile, gruesome murders evoked immediate condemnation from different organizations including the Jotsoma Village Council, Nagaland State Women Commission, Naga Council etc and demanded arrest of the culprits at the earliest. “We are angered for defying our land with innocent blood,” said the Jotsoma Village Council while vehemently condemning the murder in its jurisdiction by some unknown persons. The JVC through a statement issued jointly by its chairman, Visezo Nagi and secretary, Zhaba Suokhrie reiterated that its land could not be allowed to be made a “killing field or disposal of death bodies” and requested the concerned authority to leave no stone unturned to book the culprits at the earliest. The village council also committed to extend all possible help and support in the process of investigation. Stating that the Village cannot remain a silent spectator all the time when the “crime of highest degree” was taking place, the JVC demanded that the culprits should be awarded the highest degree and exemplary punishment and made known to the public. Expressing sorrow, the JVC appealed to all sections of the society to condemn such barbaric act of crime, killing a mother with her 17 months old daughter, which was “beyond the limit of our Naga culture and human sense.” The JVC conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the God Almighty grant them solace at the time of grief and also prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace. The Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC), whose members visited the bodies kept at the NHAK expressed shock at the “barbaric and inhuman act” and condemned the murder in the strongest terms. It urged the the investigating agency not to leave any stone unturned in the process of investigation and bring out the truth. The NSWC also urged the judiciary not to spare anybody responsible for the murder but to award exemplary punishment as per the law of the land. The commission regretted that the incident took place at a time when the state along with the rest of the world was observing International Day and Fortnight for Elimination of Violence Against Women from November 25 to December 10. Also, strongly condemning the murder of Shonglok and her daughter, the Naga Council Dimapur said the crime was not acceptable and asked the law enforcing agency to award exemplary punishment to the criminals. Naga Council, general secretary, V. Lemba Chang through a statement also cautioned all citizens and ward/colony leaders of Dimapur to be vigilant and be aware about the “weird incidents” killing people and their organs being taken away. It appealed to the ward/colony leaders to cooperate with the law enforcing agencies to check such incidents in and around Dimapur. The Eastern Nagaland Women Organization (ENWO) and Kohima Unit condemned the “brutal killing” and urged everyone to voice out against such acts. ENWO Kohima unit, general secretary, Mongsen in a statement appealed to the law enforcing agency to arrest and book the criminals under appropriate sections of the law.

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