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A week after ABI Neiphretuo Metsie-o of 5th NAP ‘C’ Coy Pfutsero, went missing since September 7, his dead body was found in a decomposed state at a place between Lasumi and Zapami village under Zuketsa circle, Pfutsero sub-division on Saturday.
According to initial reports, the victim was reportedly hit with a blunt object. Post Mortem was conducted Saturday and reports were expected in a day or two. The body was later taken to late Neiphretuo’s native village Chiechama.
Police sources have names of suspects who were identified as- Yuireingam Shimray son of Starson Shimray of Kharasom village and the co-accused as Miss. Ringthingchon of Lunghar village, Ukhrul district, Manipur.
Police said that the female suspect was arrested and kept under the custody of Ukhrul women police station while the main suspect was still absconding. It was also informed that the main suspect Yuireingam is an outlaw as he had also been expelled from his village for illegal activities. Information suggested that, Metsieo left Kohima at around 6.30 a.m. for Pfutsero, his designated place of posting on September 7. On the way he reportedly picked up three persons in his private Mahindra Scorpio (NL-07C 2743).
Police said one of the hitch hikers, a state policeman, got off half way. Neiphretuo continued the journey with the two hitch hikers. After sometime there was no contact with Neiphretuo as the last contact was shown at mobile tower at Viswema. When Neiphretuo did not contact his family, his wife filed a missing report on September 11. Police along with Nerhema villagers and Zuketsa, Pfutsero and neighbouring villages then launched a search operation. The decomposed body was found inside a jungle after a week and the vehicle remains untraced along with the main suspect.
When contacted, DGP Nagaland, TJ Longkumer informed Nagaland Post that two special investigation team (SITs) have been formed to identify and arrest the culprits from Manipur.
The two suspects went to Manipur with the stolen vehicle and halted at a village. The female accomplice was then nabbed and in custody of Women Police in Ukhrul but the main suspect remain untraced with the stolen vehicle.
Nagaland DGP Longkumer contacted Manipur DGP, LM Khaute to seek help in arresting the suspects. With identities of suspects established, DGP hoped the duo would be arrested soon. The DGP also expressed deep grief at the brutal murder and vowed that no effort would be spared to bring the guilty to book.