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Bereaved family of late Rutsangchi demand justice
Correspondent TUENSANG, SEP 9:
Published on 10 Sep. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Following the killing of Rutsangchi allegedly by her former husband Phungkhumong Khiamniungan, a retired assistant commandant, the Bhakhai Clan of the deceased has urged the government to grant ex-gratia to the bereaved family and also demanded one grade IV service to the seriously injured lady who is in no position to perform her normal activities.
Bhakhai clan also cautioned it would initiate necessary action to those extending cooperation or assistance to the culprit.
Meanwhile, a separate press statement issued by relatives and family members on behalf of the deceased demanded from the government to award capital punishment within 72 hours from the time of filing of an FIR (already filed at respective police station) or surrender the culprit to relatives and the family members to initiate action as per customary law.
The statement duly signed by Yongthong, Yantsuthong, Muchongmong, Kiutanthong, Khianpan, Nokiukiu and Linsumong stated that failing to meet their demands, it would be compelled to initiate own course of action and the government would be held responsible for any untoward incident.
Further, relatives and family members of late Rutsangchi has expressed gratitude to S. Heno parliamentary secretary, fishery, R & R department and P&S VG, Thangming sub major VG, police, O/C Noklak for their financial assistance and moral support.
It may be mentioned that Phungkhumong Khiamniungan, a retired assistant commandant, village guard killed his former wife by a custom made 22 pistol on Sunday evening at Thonoknyu.
According to sources, Phungkhumong also stabbed his daughter identified as Kushe on the right arm and hand with a knife. However, Kushe’s condition was said to be stable. Sources also added that the couple (Phungkhumong and Rutsangchi) had been divorced.
After committing the crime the culprit escaped from the scene and took shelter in the nearby jungle for fear of retaliation and revenge by the victim’s family.
Sensing the aggravating situation at Thonoknyu, SDPO Tuensang Ngou Khiam NPS and Assistant Commandant VG, Liang Khiam rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control with great difficulty.
It was reported that the culprit Phungkumong came out of his hideout after due negotiation and surrendered before the police.
In this connection, a criminal case has been registered against the accused Vide No PS 03/2010 V/S 302 IPC and forwarded to judicial custody.

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