DIMAPUR, Jan 4 � The highly decomposed bodies of nine persons were recovered from a gorge at Pachaspura near Chumukedima in Dimapur district by Dimapur Police last night.
Police found the bodies, blindfolded with the hands tied behind and shot from close range on the heads, stacked atop each other, last night, Dimapur SP VZ Angami said today. He added that the bodies were covered with a blue polythene sheet over which some boulders were placed.
One of the nine bodies has been identified as that of the general secretary of the Karbi Students� Union. The other victims had reportedly come to Dimapur for shopping purposes on December 28. However, this is yet to be officially confirmed. All the victims are males.
It was suspected they might have been killed about two weeks ago as the bodies were in a highly decomposed state beyond recognition.
The SP said there was no missing report in any of the police stations under his jurisdiction. He also did not rule out the possibility of the crime being committed at some other place and the bodies then dumped in the area.
Angami said a case had been registered and investigation is in going on. The corpses were brought to the Dimapur District Civil Hospital for forensic investigation.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Government has constituted a special high power inquiry committee to investigate the incident. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has directed that no stone be left unturned to nab and punish the perpetrators of the crime.
Rio further appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace in the face of such adversities and to extend all help and assistance to the investigating agencies.
Our Diphu Correspondent adds: The recovery of the bodies in Nagaland today has complicated the already disturbing law-and-order situation in the strife-torn Karbi Anglong.
Soon after the reports of the recovery of the nine bodies, a group of armed miscreants opened indiscriminate fire in Rongpi Basti area near Karagaon Assam Special Reserve Force camp near Dimapur town at 6 pm, killing one person on the spot and injuring several others.
The police have identified the diseased as BC Rongpi, resident of the village. Senior police officers from Diphu rushed to the site.
The Bokajan police have preliminary documentation of missing statements of four Karbi youths since December 28. It may be mentioned that a large number of Karbi youths are engaged in private jobs in various places of Nagaland.
Till the filing of this report, no untoward incident was reported in any part of the district, including Chokihola, the epicentre of the ethnic clash which began on December 27.
Till now over a thousand Rengma people have been shifted to five relief camps under the protection of Chokihola and Santipur police stations of Bokajan subdivision.