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Extortion: Ex-army man shot dead by police; 1 held in Kma

Extortion: Ex-army man shot dead by police; 1 held in Kma
Items seized by Kohima police on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/23/2020 1:00:04 PM IST
Kohima Police gunned down one ex-army personnel in an extortion case while arresting his accomplice near Old MLA Hostel junction here around 4.30 pm on Tuesday.
Informing this at a press conference here in the evening, senior superintendent of police (SSP)  Kohima, Kevithutho Sophie said the deceased was identified as one Khehuto I Assumi (35), son of late Izeho Assumi from Lizutomi village. He was serving as havildar in 164 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) before being discharged on medical grounds in 2019. Aito Awomi (25), son of Netoi Awomi from Lizutomi village and currently residing at New Reserve here, was the deceased’s accomplice. 
Narrating the sequence of the event, Sophie said around 3.30 pm the police received information from a trader at Old NST that two local guys with arms were extorting money from the shop in the name of NSCN (K).
Following this, he said the anti-corruption team swung into action and the two miscreants were spotted near Y junction below Old MLA Hostel.
Considering that the spot was a public place and with shoppers around during the tiem, he said efforts were made to apprehend the two miscreants with the use of minimum force, and accordingly one of the officers approached them from the front and asked them to stop and surrender immediately.
However, instead of surrendering, the SSP claimed one of the miscreants tried to pull out his firearm by reaching his hand at the back which led two officers to immediately overpower him and pinned him to the ground. His pistol was also seized from his possession before he could lay his hands on it.
On seeing that his friend was neutralized, Sophie said the other miscreant became aggressive and confronted one of the police officers and tried to snatch the loaded firearm from the officer.
And in the ensuing scuffle, the gun got fired, hitting the miscreant from the left side of his neck and he fell down on the spot and succumbed to the bullet injury. He said the deceased’s family member had been informed of the incident after observing all the necessary formalities.
Thereafter, a police team raided the house of the duo, during which one .32 mm pistol, one magazine, one live round, wallet of the deceased, Rs 1,610 in cash, ID card, ATM card, passport photos, mobile phone, rubber seals of “Zunheboto police station officer in-charge, Lizutomi head GB, Capt./Maj./Lt./Col. MO i/c MI room, 164 Inf. Bn. TA (H&H) Naga; round seal of 164 Inf. Bn. TA (H&H) Naga, MI Room”, two stamp pads and several assorted fired bullet heads/pellets.
The police also seized one Nokia phone, Rs 760 cash, voter ID and Adhaar card from Aito Awomi. 
Based on complaints received on extortion and highway robbery, Sophie claimed that Kohima Police was actively involved in operating and could break through many incidents.

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