Spt kids' murder case NPO to monitor probe progress
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 13: The Naga Peoples' Organisation (NPO), Senapati has been entrusted to oversee and handle the issue pertaining to the kidnapping and murder of Hrinii Hubert and Muheni Martin.

The decision to this effect was adopted after a meeting of all the leaders of tribal communities Mao, Maram, Poumai, Zeliangrong and Thangal, of the district and NPO leaders at Senapati district Hqs yesterday, conveyed Solomon Veino, chairman of the now dissolved Fact Finding Committee.

"Since the meeting has unanimously resolved to hand over the case to NPO for effective monitoring, the Senapati based NGO will take up its own course of action and urge the NSCN (IM) to speed up its probe so that the guilty persons are awarded fitting punishment for their macabre crime", said Solomon adding that the Fact Finding Committee was constituted under the aegis of NPO.

However, NPO president Patrick Aleo, when contacted, said that there is no explicit plan for the organisation on the matter.

Notwithstanding the prolonged delay in bringing the trial of the accused in its custody to a conclusion, Patrick said, "We have full confidence that the outfit will deliver justice.

"Yes, there has been some delay in punishing the culprits by the outfit and for this we would ask them to explain their difficulties in disposing the case", he said.

He also mentioned that the parents of the two kids had expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the outfit in its probe.

Patrick said that there is no confusion among the public regarding the investigation being undertaken by NSCN (IM) at its Hebron camp.

Even then, it is the wish of the people to dispose the case as soon as possible and to award exemplary punishment to the guilty persons.

The whole State and particularly the Senapati district has been seething since the decomposed bodies of the kids were found at a jungle near Senapati town on March 29 this year.

The two kids were abducted for ransom by some unidentified persons in December last year.