By Imna Longchar
Dimapur (Nagaland), Oct 28: Showing exemplary in its investigation on different crimes, Dimapur Police has once again proved its mettle by arresting the three persons involved in the multiple gunshots reported from three different locations in Dimapur during the wee hours of October 27 within 2 hours of the last firing incident reported.
Updating the sequence of the incidents and leading to the subsequent arrest of the three accused along with huge cache of arms and ammunitions, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), and PRO, Dimapur police, Bharat Laxman Markad (IPS), said that on October 27, an information was received at West Police, Dimapur, that some “unknown miscreants” fired at three locations-Nepali Basti, Residency Colony, and Notun Bosti, Dimapur, between 1.25 am to 1.38 a.m, and basing on complaint, West PS/Case No.100/21 was lodged.
He also informed that another similar firing incident by “unknown miscreants” was reported from Landmark Colony, around 6.30 pm the same evening, where West PS/Case No.101/21 was registered.
He said that during the course of the investigation, the team collected “intelligence” in the area and gathered the information while the route was analyzed and CCTV footage of cameras were obtained.
On analysis of the CCTV footage and statement of eye witness, the DCP (Crime) and PRO, Dimapur, said that a search operation was launched to catch the suspected white Bolero used by the miscreants, and consequent to “swift cordon and search operation”, the suspected vehicle was located, chased and the three accused were arrested with huge quantity of arms and ammunitions within two hours of the last firing incident reported.
The three accused were later identified as Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) Supervisor, SS Kilonser, NSCN-K (Nikki), Nikato Pilot Sumi (31), SS Sgt Major, NSCN-K (Nikki), Awang Konyak, and SS Sgt NSCN-K (Nikki).
Meanwhile, arms and ammunitions recovered from the three accused included— one HK 33 Rifle (5.56×45), HK 33 Rifle magazine (2), 7.65 Pistol (ITALY No.8536), 7.65mm magazine (1), 9mm magazine (1), HK 33 Rifle Live Round (117), 7.65 mm live round (17), HK 33 Empty Case (6), 7.65 mm Empty Case (2), Rifle Sling (1), Knife (1).
An amount of Rs.1,82,700 were also recovered from the accused possession while the Bolero SLX (White Colour) used while committing the crime was also seized. NSCN/GPRN takes serious note on its member’s involvement.
The NSCN/GPRN has taken serious note of some of its members being involved in the October 27 “blank firing” in the heart of Dimapur town.
Stating that such incidents may have caused some sort of a trauma and confusion in the minds of the Naga people, at a time when the entire Naga family eagerly await the long-desired and long cherished dream of the decades old solution to the “Indo-Naga Conflict” being resolved, the NSCN/GPRN in a press statement on Thursday issued by its Kilonser, Public Relations & NGOs, Z Swu, however, said that NSCN/GPRN has undertaken the task to unearth the circumstances that led to the incident involving one of its “top functionary” and residents of the area where the incident happened and that a thorough investigation would be done to bring the case to a logical conclusion. While redressing its expression towards any inconvenience caused to the residents through the incident, the NSCN/GPRN assured the Naga people that peace was “paramount” and would stamp its assertion towards efforts to achieve the aspirations of the Nagas through peaceful means.
It further added that the NSCN/GPRN also condemns any incident that vitiates the peaceful atmosphere brought about through tireless efforts of all stakeholders in the Naga peace process. DAYO condemns the Oct 27 ‘unprovoked cowardly act of violence’.
Meanwhile, Dimapur Ao Youth Organization (DAYO) has explicitly condemned the “unprovoked cowardly act of violence” on October 27 at Residency Colony, Dimapur, by some “anti social elements”, forcefully entering the residence of an outstation serving Nagaland Police officer and harassing his innocent housewife, thereafter snatching her mobile phone and destroying it at “gunpoint” and later blank firing in public place.
Stating that such dastardly act of violence and intimidation was totally unacceptable and has no place in civilized society at a time when the entire Naga society was yearning for peace, DAYO in press statement issued jointly by its president, Aotemsu Aier, and general secretary, S Pangertoshi, has appealed to the law enforcing agencies and other concerned authorities of the State to deny granting of bail plea and mete out exemplary punishment to the criminals to serve as deterrent for those daring to spread fear psychosis among the people.
“Dimapur citizens cannot feel safe and protected when such act of violence can be committed even at the residence of a serving Nagaland police officer,” the DAYO statement maintained while also lauding and acknowledging the commendable manner in which the team of Nagaland Police from West Police station,Dimapur, apprehended the alleged criminals in record time.
“The misuse of the provisions to carry arms by different card holders in ceasefire agreement with GOI by every splinter Naga political groups has led to more multiple taxation and is being used to blatantly terrorize the general public more than often,” the press statement also read.
Meanwhile, DAYO also appealed to the Chairman, Ceasefire Monitoring Board and Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CMB&CSB) to rectify such defective clauses under the ceasefire ground rules for the greaterinterest of the general public.
DAYO further said it would continue to extend full co-operation with the concerned authorities and itreiterates once again that no criminally motivated actions would be tolerated and would leave no stones unturned to bring to justice those who challenge the very existence of its community in Dimapur.