Zunheboto was shaken on Friday after a minor was found dead in a suspected case of rape and murder. As per the police, the victim, an eleven year-old girl, went missing on October 26 and her dead body was found two days later on October 28.
Subsequently, police detained one youth on suspicion on October 27, who according to the police confessed to have committed the crime. The suspect identified by the police as one Hoshepu, in his early 20s, was reported to have been last seen with the girl. The police said that he disclosed the location where the victim’s body was found on the outskirts of Zunheboto around noon today.
With the news of the discovery, security was beefed up in Zunheboto as a shocked civil society assembled at the town centre in the afternoon. The public assembly was organised by the Sumi Women Hoho, Zunheboto (STH-Z) with leaders of the STH and the Sumi Hoho, including gaonbura addressing the gathering. The gathering reported to be around 5000 in number demanded the sternest of punishment to the accused, whom the police said was placed in remand. The STH-Z further submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto.
The Sumi Totimi Hoho, in a statement, termed the crime as “uncivilized and barbaric which has no place in our society.” It appealed the law enforcing agencies to penalize the culprit with the stringent of punishment as per the law and stated that the culprit should not be bailed under any circumstances.
The Sumi Hoho, in a separate statement, while condemning the act as inhuman and heinous urged upon the law enforcing agencies to book the offender under “non bailable offence and bring justice at the earliest and reward him with the highest possible punishment as per the provision of the law.”
(Source: Morung Express)
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