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Case cracked, weapon found

Shillong, Sept. 17: Meghalaya police last night recovered the weapon used to slit the throats of two women at a picnic spot at Ban Umtyngkhong on the outskirts of Shillong.

Prime accused and serial offender, 22-year-old Fullmoon Dhar and his 18-year-old accomplice Micky Chester Suchiang led the police to the spot where the murder weapon — a khukri — was wrapped in a cloth and flung into the Lapalang stream nearby.

On Saturday evening, Dhar, Suchiang and their friend Krawborlang Marbaniang had gone on a picnic with the two women — Walangki Papeng and Jubilan Khar Mawlong — at Ban Umtyngkhong under Mawpdang, 10km from Mawdiangdiang.

The bodies of the two women were found on Sunday.

East Khasi Hills superintendent of police A.R. Mawthoh today said they had pieced together the events which led to the gruesome double crime.

He said a drunk Dhar wanted to molest the young girl Walangki, which her friend Jubilan strongly objected to. After a quarrel, Dhar slit Jubilan’s throat with the khukri with the help of Marbaniang. Walangki, who was standing 200 metres away with Suchiang, screamed after she was told that Dhar had murdered Jubilan.

Unable to stop Walangki from screaming, who by then had gone hysterical, Marbaniang, with Dhar’s help, slit her throat too.

Though this narrative is based on the confession of the accused, the police are also looking into other angles.

But all credit goes to Meghalaya police for cracking the case in 48 hours.

“Soon after the bodies were recovered, we had drawn up an action plan to arrest the culprits, Mawthoh told The Telegraph today. He said the special team headed by him worked tirelessly for two days to find the killers.

The members of the team were given specific areas of work to have the desired results. “Our men did not sleep for two nights. The vital lead was the car with bloodstains, used by the picnickers, which was found on Monday,” he said. The same night, the police identified the killers and caught one of them, Suchiang.

In the wee hours on Tuesday, the police made another arrest, this time the main accused Dhar. There are at least five criminal cases, including rape and murder, pending against Dhar in Jaintia Hills district.

The third accused, Marbaniang, surrendered to the police yesterday.

With wome’s organisations in the state, including the Hynniewtrep Indigenous Women Society and the Khasi Women Welfare and Development Association, demanding death penalty for the accused, the police official said they would provide all the evidence so that the killers do not procure bail.

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