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Murder over land dispute

Shillong, Oct. 29: Triggered by a land dispute, one person was allegedly murdered in a village under Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district around 6.30 this morning.

Losber Pyngrope, 45, was murdered at Thangbnai village, around 55km from here, which falls in Mawkynrew block under Madanryting police station.

“Losber was on his way to a village market when he was dragged inside the house of Saian Kshiar and was later beaten to death,” a police official said.

Sources said the land dispute case is still pending in a local court after Losber had filed a petition to settle the dispute with one Speak Pyngrope, a prime accused in the murder case.

Soon after learning about the incident, the administration deputed a team comprising magistrates and the police to the village where they were able to identify six persons allegedly behind the murder. All the six have been arrested.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Phrangsngi Pyngrope, 23, Mong Pyngrope, 23, Rojak Pyngrope, 22, Philis Pyngrope, 26, Speak Pyngrope, 45, and Saian Kshiar, 75.

An official saidthe prevailing situation at Thangbnai is under control, as preventive measures had been taken.

Sources said the timely arrest of the six persons prevented any outbreak of law and order problem.

Losber’s body has been brought to the Shillong Civil Hospital for post-mortem.