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Gogoi for CBI probe

Mangaldoi/Kohima/Nagaon, Jan. 5: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said he wanted a CBI inquiry into the killing of nine persons whose decomposed bodies were found in Dimapur, neighbouring Assam’s Karbi Anglong district.

“We want a CBI inquiry and will soon talk to the Centre to take necessary action,” Gogoi said in a statement here. The killing is a matter of grave concern, he added.

Gogoi spoke to his Nagaland counterpart Neiphu Rio today who assured him that an inquiry has already been ordered into the killings and investigations were on.

Nine highly decomposed bodies were found in a heap in a roadside drain at Pachaspura, 15km from Dimapur and only one body was identified yesterday as that of a 21-year-old student leader.

A joint team of Karbi Anglong police and leaders of Karbi organisations today visited Dimapur and identified four more bodies today as that of semi-skilled day labourers who worked under contractors in Nagaland. Their families had not heard from them since December 28, when they were on their way home.

The Nagaland government has set up two committees — a high-powered committee led by K.N. Chishi, secretary (law and justice), and a special investigation team headed by Liremo Lotha, deputy inspector-general — to investigate the murders. The committees have been asked to submit their reports at the earliest.

Bodies found

Five bodies, with injury marks that suggested they had been attacked with sharp weapons, were dug out at Lailongpara village in Assam’s Udalguri district today.

The dead included four of a family, of whom two worked on a farm whose 60-year-old owner was the fifth person killed. Residents noticed bloodstains on a riverbank and informed police who found the bodies.

“The murders could be because of personal enmity. The actual reason can be ascertained only after investigations,” a senior police officer said.