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Trader murder: Co-accused arrested
Published on 14 May. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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Another co-accused in the kidnap and murder of a trader, Md.Israr, was arrested by Dimapur police from Kohima May 13 after a tip off from “reliable sources”, police said today. SP Dimapur, in a statement said the accused identified as one Kevingol Sohpie, from Jakhama village, was hiding at a place in Kohima when he was arrested. The accused was brought to Dimapur by Dimapur police and charged as co-accused for kidnapping and murder.
Police also clarified that the identity of the co-accused earlier mentioned as Kevikhol Sophie a.k.a Avito a.k.a. Ato, son of Tuhokhwel Sophie should be read as Kevingol Sophie son of Puhokhwel Sophie.
It was also clarified that the body Md.Israr was found from 7th mile, Tenyiphe-I area near ESSAR petrol pump and not Tenyiphe-II as rendered earlier. The SP also revealed that another co-accused identified as John Chakhesang, a “pvt.”in the NSCN(I-M) of Khezakeno village, was also arrested by Dimapur police May 13 at 7th mile Sodzulhou village. Police expressed regrets for the inadvertent error in yesterday’s press release.
Dimapur police also expressed gratitude to the general public especially the Tenyiphe-I village council and the volunteers from the area for extending their support and cooperation during the investigation.
Police also expressed regrets for inconveniences during operations especially on some students who were taken in for questioning.
In another statement, the PHQ confirmed that a case No.125/11 U/S 364/364 ‘A’ R/W 7 NSR has been registered in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Md.Israr. The police headquarters said efforts were being made to arrest other absconding co-accused.
GPRN/NSCN Condemns: GPRN/NSCN has condemned the abduction and cold blooded killing of businessman Md. Israr by “Hebron Campers” on the May 12. The MIP GPRN/NSCN said the incident has “rudely” awakened the Nagas to the reality of the situation. It said another father and husband who, by dint of hardwork and sweat, made Nagaland his home, was brutally murdered by “reckless killers” who prey on businessmen for easy living.
A group that indulges in such cowardly action would only heap shame and hardship upon the Nagas, it added.
The GPRN/NSCN said that the name Umesh Bihari, a 2nd Lieutenant in the NSCN (I-M), who was believed to be the mastermind in the brutal murder, suggested that the NSCN (I-M) was running an abduction racket by employing non-locals to identify and target businessmen in Dimapur. It said profiteers and black-marketers have long devalued the Naga political struggle. Stating that abduction and kidnapping for ransom by NSCN (I-M), on many occasions have been hushed up incidents with threats and intimidations, the GPRN/NSCN said that the Dimapur police has been brave enough to unearth all the names of NSCN (I-M) cadres involved in the abduction and killing of Md. Israr. It said that the Nagas were able to see the modus operandi of the perpetrators and that peaceful atmosphere has been disturbed by such barbaric killing.
The GPRN/NSCN described it as “extremely unfortunate” that Biharis and other nationalities were being trained at Hebron Camp to solely abduct businessmen and demand ransom. The GPRN/NSCN said it was for the government of India to investigate whether outside forces were being used to propagate terrorist activities in Nagaland. It said that the Naga people were convinced that lasting political solution would come only through Nagas themselves; through reconciliation in letter and spirit and not through brutal murder.
The GPRN/NSCN extended condolences to the victim’s family, Muslim community and also the business fraternity for the untimely loss of their valued member.
DDCF condemns: The Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) has condemned the May 12 abduction and killing incident stating that such dastardly resulting out of greed for money has no place in a civilized society. DDCF though its press secretary K. K. Paul has urged the district administration to apprehend the culprits and punish them as per the law of the land. The Forum conveyed condolences to the family members of the deceased.
Naga Council: The Naga Council Dimapur has vehemently condemned the kidnap and subsequent killing of businessman Md. Israr on May 12. According to a statement from the Naga Council, its leaders met top NSCN (I-M) functionary and Emissary on Friday to apprise him of the situation on ground and appealed for sternest action against the criminals responsible for masterminding and shooting of the businessman.
Noting that there has been recurrence of antisocial activities in and around Dimapur, the NC appealed the district administration to beef up vigil.
Stating that crime and killing was rearing its ugly countenance again, the NC on behalf of all tribal Hohos and citizens assured full cooperation to district police and administration towards the fight against crime in the city. It said that the strictest punishment must be enforced to deter recurrence of crime.
Further, the NC appreciated the NSCN/GPRN’s strong condemnation of the crime and the assurances of the Emissary to stem out antisocial activities committed by members in the organization. The Naga Council conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and to the Muslim community for the irreplaceable loss of its citizen.

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