APO holds public procession against murder

APO holds public procession against murder
APO public procession against the murder of Late Neiphretuo Metsieo passing through the main streets of Kohima on September 19, 2018.

  • Rowdy protestors resort to vandalism
  • Police provides full security to Tangkhul denizens

Kohima, September 19: Even as multitudes of people from all walks of life took to the streets of Kohima peacefully protesting the murder of late Inspector Neiphretuo Metsieo, situation turned volatile with rowdy protestors vandalizing District Jail and also breaking vehicle wind-shield after the rally.
The public procession was organized by Angami Public Organization (APO) in collaboration with Angami Youth Organization (AYO) and Chiechama Village Council, the village of the victim.
Inspector Metsie-o went missing on September 7 last while returning from Kohima to his camp at 5th Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) under Pfutsero sub-division in Phek district. However, his body was recovered in the jungles between Lasumi and Zapami village under Phek district on September 15.
The two accused, include a female identified as Yurreigam Ronra Shimray and Ringthingchon Lungharwo were nabbed on September 16. The female accused Lungharwo was caught Ukhrul in Manipur and the male Shimray was nabbed by Railway Protection Force and Assam Police from Guwahati. They were brought to Nagaland the next day and investigation by Special Investigation Team headed by SDPO(North) Kohima is in progress, said Additional SP of Kohima, Tali.
Besides the Angami community, denizens of other tribes residing in the state capital also joined the procession in solidarity by converging at Old MLA Hostel junction here.
The protestors dressed in traditional Naga attires held placards some of which read, “If you don’t understand the value of life you don’t deserve to live”, “Robbery and murder! An Account of most inhuman”, “Just for senseless robbery, you took away a family’s world”, “How safe are the civilians when police officers are being robbed and killed?”, “We demand complete investigation report”, “We condemn the heinous crime against innocent law abiding citizen”.
During the rally, APO president Dr Kepelhousie Terhüja condemned the murder saying the act murdering a law abiding citizen for robbing a vehicle does not have any space in the civilized.
AYO president Neinguvotuo Krose and Chairman of Chiechama Village Council Neitso Sogotsu also expressed condemnation and demanded severest punishment against the accused person.
After the public gathering, APO led the procession upto Chief Minister’s Office and submitted a memorandum demanding “the government to provide complete investigation report while stating that “we are aware that there are elements at play which have abetted and are complicit to this crime”.
The APO through the memorandum while regretting that “not even a single CCTV cameras installed in the entry and exit points of the State capital are functioning”, demanded the government to immediately install hi-tech state-of-the-art CCTV cameras in all the exit and entry points of Kohima particularly at the state bordering with Manipur.
“We shall not accept anything less than the severest punishment to the two criminals,” the APO said while also warning that any external forces interfering in the investigation process or anyone trying to bail out the culprits would be doing so at their own risk.
Meanwhile, in an unfortunate turn of events after the submission of the memorandum to the Chief Minister, some of the angry mob from the procession tried to break into the Kohima District Jail demanding the culprits to be handed over.
Confirming this police sources said that the angry mob also smashed a Bolero and bike breaking the windshield and parts of the vehicle. However, they were controlled by administration and AYO volunteers.
Apprehending possible attacks on Tangkhul denizens of Kohima, police has tightened security in Kohima, mainly Mt Hermon School in Don Bosco Road and Tangkhul Baptist Church in Midland. (Page News Service)