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Nov 25 abduction case: 2 handed over to police

Jacob alias Sevitao (L) and “Sgt. Major” Romio Poumai (R) with the vehicle in the background seized from their possession before being handed over to Dimapur police at Khehoi ground, Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Jan. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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After interrogating them for around 16 days, the GPRN/NSCN authorities on Thursday handed over two persons accused in the November 25 abduction case of businessman Hariram Gupta to Dimapur police at Khehoi village.
The duo were identified as Jacob alias Sevitao, aged 44 years, a “Tatar” in the GPRN/NSCN, son of Viotao hailing from Sorbung village under Senapati district Manipur and “Sgt. Major” Romio Poumai, son of Shiura Poumai, aged 33 years, hailing from Khungdi village, under Senapati district, Manipur. However, the GPRN/NSCN had said that there was no official record of Romio joining its fold in 2008 as claimed by him.
“Having admitted to the criminal act to the investigators the accused … are released into the custody of the Indian government for further investigation. The seizures lists as well as the confessional statement are released to the concerned authorities,” read the release order issued by Kideon V. Zhimomi secretary CFSB.
The two were handed over to the police along with their belongings and Maruti Alto (NL- 07/5342), in the presence of mediapersons. Secretary to GPRN/NSCN, Vikheto Kiba, home secretary Khekiho Chophy, CFSB secretary, Kideon V. Zhimomi, GPRN/NSCN MIP secretary, G. Zhimo, additional SP Dimapur Wati Jamir, EAC Nihokhu Atokhe Aye, SDPO Shoukha and DBs were present during the release of the two accused.
Biz community lauds
Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and the subsidiary trade organisations have appreciated the GPRN/NSCN for putting in sincere efforts and apprehending the kidnappers of businessman Hariram Gupta and handing over the culprits to the police. They also appreciated the GPRN/NSCN for taking necessary action against its cadres who were involved in anti-social activities irrespective of ranks and files.
A joint statement issued by DCC president, Kasheto Sema, NMDA president, Ato Yepthomi and Dimapur Business Community secretary, Basu Damani appealed to both the NSCN factions to look into the prevailing anti-social activities against the business community and to take stern action against the culprits.
They also appreciated the Dimapur Police for their sincere and tireless efforts in cracking major kidnap cases and appealed them to apprehend the absconding accused at the earliest. The three organizations appealed to the judiciary to understand the gravity of the cases and not to release any of the accused on bail related to kidnapping and extortion cases to avoid any further confrontation with business community.

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