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Kevi Zakiesato murder case: 4 arrested suspects granted bail

Kevi Zakiesato

Dimapur, January 8: The Principal District & Sessions Court, Dimapur has granted bail to 4 persons arrested on suspicion of murder of noted social worker, Kevi Zakiesato. The bail was granted on January 7 last.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Dimapur Police formed to investigate the murder of Kevi Zakiesato on December 18 last had arrested late Kevi’s wife and her three daughters on December 22 and kept them in police custody till January 5. On expiry of the police remand, they were all forwarded to judicial custody and since December 22, 2018 they have been in custody.
The order passed by Y Longkumer, Principal & Sessions Judge stated that unofficially the police had been interrogating and questioning the accused persons since December 18, the day on which the deceased was found killed inside their boundary wall.
The Court also observed that the accused are permanent residents of Dimapur with deep roots in Dimapur society and therefore there is no likelihood of them absconding.
During the bail plea hearing, Public Prosecutor, Hutoi raised objection to the bail plea, stating that the deceased was last seen by the accused wife on December 17 and that the accused persons were the only persons in the house at the time of the alleged murder. He stated that all the circumstantial evidence points strongly towards the accused persons only and no one else, adding bail may not be granted at this stage.
Considering the submissions made in the court and viewing that all accused are women and that they have been interrogated by the investigating agency for 15 days, besides they are all permanent residents of Dimapur and cannot abscond, the Principal and Sessions Judge granted bail under execution of bail bonds of Rs 30,000 each with one surety of like amount, the surety should be a local government employee. The court also stated that the accused persons should appear before the Investigating Officer as and when summoned without fail and they shall not leave the jurisdiction of the court without permission of the court and they shall not tamper with evidence or hamper investigation.
It may be mentioned that the police have remained tight-lipped about the case all these days and desperate attempts to get details went in vain whenever Nagaland Page tried to contact Dimapur police officials. (Page News Service)