| Hormi Muivah after his arrest on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Aug. 21: A senior NSCN (I-M) leader, wanted in an MPís murder case, was today arrested by a Calcutta-based CBI team with assistance from Jorhat police from the outskirts of this town.
Police sources said Hormi Muivah, wanted in the murder (case No. 2/F/2008/Kol) of Wangcha Rajkumar, a former Congress MP in the Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh, was arrested while he was passing through the district.
The police were tight-lipped about the details related to the arrest.
Hormi, a senior leader of NSCN (I-M), is said to be a close associate of the Naga rebel outfitís general secretary Th. Muivah.
Rajkumar was shot dead at Deomali indoor stadium in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on December 23, 2007, while playing badminton. Another badminton player, Lomhang Kanglom, was wounded in the attack. Hormi, who is alleged to be behind the killing, had been absconding since.
A CBI team, led by deputy superintendent Debashish Dhar from Calcutta and armed with an arrest warrant, arrived here yesterday and sought the help of the local police to arrest the militant leader.
The CBI had information that Hormi would be crossing Jorhat district today.
Accordingly, the police and the CBI posted their men in the district and managed to catch Hormi, who was travelling in a vehicle, sources said.
The CBI team later produced him in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Jorhat, Darak Ullah, who gave the CBI transit remand of five days.
Hormi will be taken to Tezu where he will be produced before the district and sessions judge (east sessions division).
The CBI, in its probe, established that NSCN (I-M) cadres carried out the assassination of Rajkumar and in the last couple of years two NSCN (I-M) cadres have been arrested from Manipur.