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Rape & murder case: SIT formed
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY17 (NPN):
Published on 18 May. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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Three-days and no breakthrough since the rape and murder of a minor whose body was found at Chathe river on May 14, SP Dimapur Z. Mero on Tuesday assured that a special investigation team (SIT) was formed to expedite the case. This decision on SIT was taken at the request by members of Nagaland State Women Commission, (NSWC) Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, (NWHD) Eralibill Sumi Totimi Hoho, (ESTH) and Western Sumi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) who met the SP in his office on Tuesday to expedite the case.
Asked about the number of personnel in the SIT, the SP said they would include both men and women police but not more than five in number. The SIT would be headed by SDPO Dimapur Shouka.
Prior to the meeting with the SP, the women representatives held a meeting at Eralibill village on Tuesday morning. The meeting was attended by family members of the victim along with Eralibill village council members, GBs and secretary. In the meeting the members felt that not only women police but men from police and law enforcing agencies should come together to work on the case.
Briefing this reporter, NSWC member Abeni TCK Lotha said, “as decided at the meeting in Eralibill village, and upon the request by the family members to set up enquiry in big way, we decided to request the SP to form a commission and SP has assured us to form SIT”.
The women representatives expressed concern that even after three days there was no clue of the culprits. They felt that the case has to be taken very seriously and an investigative team should include not only women but men from law enforcing agencies.
SP Dimapur Z, Mero on Tuesday disclosed that a man’s undergarment was found near the spot of rape/murder. He said the undergarment was in the possession of police to authenticate whether it belonged to the culprit.
When asked about the update, Mero said, police were unable to ascertain whether the victim was raped by one person or gang-raped since report of postmortem was still awaited. However, SP said police were working very hard on the case. He also said one hair band/clip was found around the spot where the body was found. When asked, women police cell, S.I Mhabeni Lotha said except for the hair band, no beer bottle was found from the spot.
She however clarified that even if a male underwear was found, it could belong to anybody. When asked whether empty cartridge reportedly found at the site which was believed to be one that had been fired at the victim, one of the women police refuted saying nothing as such was found.
Meanwhile, speaking to Nagaland Post over the phone, SDPO Dimapur Shouka clarified that police were unable to say whether men’s underwear belonged to the culprit because investigation was still on.
Condemnation: Riverine Public School, Urra village has condemned the “barbaric and in-human” act of rape and murder of its student. In a statement, proprietor of the school Kedunol Valeo said the incident has caused mental injury and trauma to the school as well as the family members.
The school authority appealed to the law enforcing agencies, individuals, organisations, Naga student bodies to condemn such act and join hands together to book the culprit and award capital punishment.

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