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Arrest culprits within 10 days: WMK

Thousands of women from all walks of life at the rally at Old MLA Hostel Jn. organized by the Watsü Mungdang, Kohima Unit in Kohima on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Jun. 2011 12:57 AM IST
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Watsü Mungdang, Kohima unit today served a ten-day ultimatum on the Kohima district administration to arrest the culprit involved in the assassination attempt on the life of its member, M.Imtila Jamir, retired registrar of cooperative societies Naglaland on May 27 in her residence.
In the memorandum addressed to DC Kohima Wednesday, the Watsü Mungdang demanded that the accused culprit Worshim (Asim) Tangkhul and his accomplice be arrested within ten (10) days failing otherwise, it would be compelled to seek its own course of action to ensure befitting justice.
Watsü also demanded immediate institution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a high ranking senior Police officer by the state government to investigate into the case at hand so as to unearth facts and factors involved.
Asserting that such unprovoked violence cannot and will not end through “mere condemnations alone” Watsü said the fact that such criminal incidents occur on law abiding citizens was a matter of serious and grave concern. It called upon authorities to address the issue in right earnest and with utmost urgency.
It strongly urged upon the administrative and law enforcing authorities to deal with “rogue” and “wayward” cadres/members of underground organization(s) and ensure that such menace was curbed immediately and effectively. It said the situation demanded a concrete and decisive political will with actions that are both preventive and punitive.
Earlier, thousands of people from various tribes and all walks of life, mostly women, gathered at the Classic Island, near Red Cross building and took out a silent procession towards Old MLA Hostel junction. Women in traditional attire, carried banners and placards, some which read ‘Stop violence against women’, ‘we condemn the barbaric act’; ‘we demand immediate arrest of the culprits’; ‘stop bloodshed’ and ‘stop atrocities against women’ etc.
Later, a rally was held at the Old MLA hostel junction, to condemn the May 27 incident.
Before taking up the silent procession, Dr. N. Benjong Aier President, Kohima Ao Union, read out a speech in which he reminded that as per Naga custom, women were admired and respected. He however said it was a great shame that in the 21st century today, “some cowards” took pride in trying to murder an innocent and unarmed woman with sophisticated weapons.
He alleged the culprit entered the residence of the victim and after disclosing his name, identity and authorization by a high authority, made a bid on Imtila’s life.
‘Today our Christian society is full of hatred, killing, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, rape and murder,’ he said.
Dr Bejong said “we are not against any tribe or groups” but against criminals and appealed to the higher ups to arrest, book and award severest punishment to those involved.
He said today a crime was committed on an Ao lady and tomorrow it could be mothers, sisters or daughters from any other tribe. “It is high time that these type of criminals are uprooted from the Naga society forever”, he asserted. He rued that such crimes if continued and if criminals go unpunished, would prove a setback for Naga reconciliation
Benjong declared, “Let sovereign Nagaland be independent of killing, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, rape and murder.”
He also said no party or groups should take advantage of the incident but that all support the cause of justice and ushering in a new revolution to eradicate evils from Naga society.
At the Rally held at the Old MLA Hostel junction, several others spoke such as- NMA president Abie-ü Meru, president Ao Senden, NSWC member Abeni TCK, Watsü Mungdang, president ENWO, Tenyimi Women Organization, president AMK, president Sumi Titomi, president Lotha Eloe Hoho, president ENGOA, NSF, Ao Student Conference and Rosemary Dzuvichu.
All the speakers condemned the May 27 incident and the ever increasing crime against women and demanded that the authority immediately arrest the accused culprit(s) and book them at the earliest and award befitting punishment.
They also described the May 27 assassination bid as an attempt on an innocent woman and a shame on Naga society. They demanded that no individuals or organization should provide shelter to the culprits and that social evil should be eradicated from the society.
Rosemary Dzüvichü who wound up the rally, threw a challenge by questioning whether the state of Nagaland really has a government and whether the state police was providing enough security to the public when compared to the huge amount of money spent in purchasing sophisticated arms and ammunition. She also questioned various Naga underground groups as to whether they had in store as the future of the Naga women in the manner like the May 27 incident?
Police disclose names of accused
State police on Wednesday revealed the names of those involved in the May 27 shooting incident where Imtila Jamir, retired RCS Nagaland was shot at. In a statement, Police informed that the Police Head Quarter (PHQ) has written to the chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group to ask the NSCN (I-M) to hand over the two accused person namely-- ‘ss’ pvt. Worshim @ Ashim Tangkhul and ‘ss’ corpl. Ngalengshang Chahongnao at the earliest.
A high level Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also been constituted led by DIG (Range) Kohima to investigate the case. A case was also filed at Kohima (South) Police Station-- Case No.0034/11 u/s/326 IPC r/w 25(IA) Arms Act.
SP Kohima, R. Tetseo on Wednesday said Chahongnao, the accomplice of Worshim Tangkhul gave himself up at Hebron Camp a day after the incident took place. Police said the main accused, Worshim who was still at large, may have fled to the neighboring state of Manipur. Police also appealed to all concerned to co-operate in order to complete the investigations at the earliest.

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