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Tripple murder case solved, 3 arrested
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 3(NPN):
Published on 4 Dec. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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Barely 24 hours after the gruesome muders of a pregnant mother including her one and half year-old daughter, Kohima Police cracked the case by arresting all three accused involved in the double murder crime on Wednesday. SP Kohima Zekotso Mero disclosed to newsmen this evening, that three who have been arrested- Mrs Leyan Konyak, Wantok and Ms.Phongleh confessed to their involvement in the crime. Mrs Leyan Konyak, who was the first wife of the victim’s husband (Hav. Ngamching Konyak), was stated to be the main mastermind who committed the crime with the help of her brother in-law Wantok, a constable in Home Guard and another female accomplice Phongleh. Police said the murder was planned by Leyan Konyak who roped in her brother in-law Wantok sometimes in April- May this year. On the fateful day on November 28, Leyan had informed her brother in-law Wantok of the move to execute the plan by inviting the victim (Shonglok) for collecting firewood from the jungle.They took the unsuspecting victim(Shonglok) and her one and half year-old daughter( Angep) by taxi to Lover’s Paradise near Jotsoma. On reaching the spot, Leyan reportedly asked the Shonglok ( the pregnant mother and her ex-husband Ngamching’s seond wife) and her brother in-law Wantok to go and fetch firewood while she would look after the child. The victim followed Wantok to fetch firewood and after some distance, he hit Shonglok on the head with a blunt object several times and smashed her skull causing instantaneous death. After committing the first crime, Wantok called Phongleh and told her to bring a taxi to fetch them which she complied. On reaching, Phongleh pleaded with her friend not to kill the child. However fearing the risk of bringing her back home, Leyan strangulated the child to death with her hand and threw the lifeless body.The case has turned into a triple-murder case as the mother was four months pregnant. All three accused have been forwarded to judicial custody Thursday. Condemnations Several bodies including Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA); Jotsoma Women Organisation (JWO), Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Union (ENPU), Kohima and Jotsoma Noulhou Kehou have vehemently condemned the “brutal and barbaric” killing of Shonglok and her one and half year daughter Angep near “Lover’s Paradise” in Jotsoma. Stating that such “barbaric and inhuman act” deserved highest degree of punishment, the NMA president Abei-u Mere, in a note, urged law enforcing agency to investigate the case and award befitting punishment to culprits involved. A joint note issued by JWO chairman Kelhusekhono Peseyie and secretary Megozhano Nakhro said that the JWO condemned the use of Jotsoma land being used for criminal activities in any form. JWO also appealed to the authority to award the highest exemplary punishment to the culprits. The note also extended deepest sorrow and sympathy to the bereaved family. ENPU, Kohima president T. Kekongchim, in a statement, said the act was “intolerable”, adding that those who committed such crime have no place in civilized world. Further, the union urged authority to investigate the matter thoroughly and book the person responsible and award befitting and exemplary punishment. It also conveyed sympathy to bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. Meanwhile, Jotsoma Noulhou Kehou chairman DK Nagi, advocate described the murder of pregnant woman and her daughter at ‘Lover’s paradise as an act that ‘amounted to a ‘Triple murder’ and said it was condemnable that such a beautiful place could be used “dumping grounds for death.’ Nagi said Jotsoma Noulhou Kehou would assist the Jotsoma village council for necessary legal actions for crimes committed on its soil and asked the investigating agency, especially the police to punish the culprits.

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