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6 held for kidnapping of businessmen
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Dec11(NPN):
Published on 12 Dec. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Six persons, including a student leader, two underground activists, two girls and driver of a vehicle, were arrested on Saturday evening by Dimapur Police in connection with kidnapping for ransom of two Jorhat-based businessmen from a hotel in Dimapur on December 8.
Briefing media persons at the East PS Saturday night, addl. S.P.Watichujang and SDPO Shouka Kakheto said the victims-Jewel Hazarika and Gopal Rathi, had checked into a hotel on December 8. Later, two girls, identified as Avili Achumi and Ilito, visited the victims in the hotel room. At around 8 p.m., after some calls were allegedly made by Avili, five local youths entered the same hotel room at around 9 p.m. and by 12.30 a.m., took the two Jorhat-based businessmen hostage.
They were then driven to a place and kept confined in house, reportedly of another student leader.
The kidnappers then contacted the families of the victims and demanded Rs.30 lakh as ransom and after negotiations; it was brought down to Rs.15 lakhs.
Till then, no complaint was lodged with the police.
On receiving some information that the family members were coming to Dimapur to pay the ransom, police swung into action and were able to track the vehicle used by the family members. But by the time they reached the victims near Clock Tower on Friday, they found that the ransom had already been paid.
Finally, a case was registered Saturday at East PS and in the process of investigation; police zeroed in on two vehicles- a Scorpio and a Maruti Zen-used by the suspects at around 3.30 pm near Plaza Bakery and arrested four persons that included the alleged main conspirator, DNSU speaker Tokato Achumi along with two NSCN (K) activists ‘corpl’ Khetoshe, ‘sgt.maj’ Kimiyeto Awomi and the driver Semato. However, involvement of Semato in the crime was yet to be established, said police.
Based on their confession, police arrested the two girls who had visited the victims in the hotel.
An amount of Rs.1.25 lakh, was later recovered from the possession of Tokato. Police also said Tokato allegedly assaulted the victims even after ransom was paid.
More arrests were likely to be made, police added.

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