| The funeral pyre of Karbi Students Association leader Harlongbi Engti burns at Bokajan on Sunday. Engti’s body, along with eight others, was discovered in a locality 15km from Dimapur town on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Mangaldoi/Kohima/Nagaon, Jan. 5: Five bodies, with injury marks of sharp weapons, were dug out at Lailongpara village under Majbat police station in Assam’s Udalguri district today while Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has said he wanted a CBI inquiry into the Dimapur massacre.
Four more bodies of the Dimapur murder victims were identified by their family members from Karbi Anglong district.
A senior police officer in Udalguri, 140km from Guwahati, told The Telegraph that the bodies were identified as that of 60-year-old Furen Narzary, Sohan Gour, his wife Dinu, his relatives Jatin Gour and Deobari Gour. Local residents first noticed bloodstains on a riverbank and informed police who later dug out the bodies. The Gours hailed from Fuloguri village, about 25km from the spot where the bodies were recovered.
The police said Furen owned an agricultural farm at Lailongpara, about 25km from the district headquarters town, Udalguri, where Sohan and Jatin worked. Dinu and Deobari visited them yesterday. “The murders could be because of personal enmity. The actual reason can be ascertained only after investigations,” the police officer said.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said he wanted a CBI inquiry into the killings 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. Rio also assured Gogoi that all possible help and cooperation would be extended to Assam in finding those involved in the killings, the statement added.
In Nagaland, a joint team of Karbi Anglong police and leaders of Karbi organisations today visited Dimapur and identified four of the eight bodies which had remained unidentified till yesterday.
The 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 Harlongbi Engti. The victim, 21, was a resident of Rongkangthir village under Bokajan police station and a leader of the Karbi Students’ Association.
The four bodies were identified as that of Mangal Singh Engti, Rajib Engti, Dholi Rangpi and Sunil Rangpi who worked as semi-skilled wagers under contractors in Nagaland. They were on their way home on December 28 after they heard that Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tigers (KPLT), a militant group, had attacked a Rengma Naga village and gun-ned down six persons the previous day in Karbi Anglong.
The four hailed from Deopani village under Bokajan police station and their family lost contact with them on December 28. The police in Diphu said family members of four other missing Karbi youths were on their way to Dimapur to verify the bodies.
The series of incidents of torching of houses since the KPLT attack on the village continued till January 2 and Saturday’s recovery of the bodies in Dimapur has further escalated the tension.
Deputy inspector-general of Assam police (central range), Pradip Saloi, said the situation was still tense in Karbi Anglong and additional forces had been deployed in sensitive pockets to maintain peace and normality.
The Nagaland government has constituted two inquiry committees — a high-powered committee led by K.N. Chishi, secretary, (law and justice) and a special investigation team headed by Liremo Lotha, de-puty inspector-general (range) to investigate the murders. The panels have been asked to submit reports at the earliest.
In another development, the police in Karbi Anglong arrested five Rengma youths from the Khatkhati area in Bokajan last night on suspicion of their involvement in last evening’s killing of a Karbi villager at Karagaon. Leaders of some of the Karbi non-political organisations and that of three Naga groups will sit in Diphu, Karbi Anglong district headquarters, tomorrow to discuss the issue and help restore normality. “We had a brief discussion with leaders of the Naga organisations and decided to sit together in Diphu tomorrow,” Pankaj Teron of Karbi Human Rights Watch, said.