Elizabeth may have been willfully murdered
Medical report negates chloroform over dose theory, no trace of chemicals detected in body

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 10: It is now official.

According to medical reports submitted to the authority, there is no trace of any sedatives or chloroform in the mortal remains of Lungnila Elizabeth, giving a lie to the earlier suspicion that the child may have died due to an over dose of chloroform.

Disclosing this to The Sangai Express, a well placed source said that the Special Investigating Team, which is probing the kidnapping and later murder of the school girl, has been able to confirm that no trace of either chloroform or any other chemicals were detected on the mortal remains of Elizabeth, giving rise to suspicion, that the school girl may have been wilfully killed.

Medical reports submitted to the SIT have not mentioned the trace of any chemical in the girl's body.

The medical report in no uncertain terms said that though chloroform or any other sedatives may have been used to over power the girl and keep her quiet there is no evidence to suggest that she died due to an over dose of any chemicals or sedatives, informed the source.

As per the medical report and according to the size and maturity of the maggots found in the decomposed body of Elizabeth, it is likely that the child was killed about two days after she was kidnapped.

Elizabeth was kidnapped from near her school on November 4 and her decomposed body was found on November 12.The medical report has undoubtedly given rise to the suspicion that the child may have been killed willfully, said the source and added that SIT is closely and diligently following the case.

The findings spelt out by the proscribed UNLF after it captured one of the main accused N Rome, are also being verified by the SIT.

Without actually disclosing the progress of the investigation, the source said that the two main accused, Th Nando and N Rome are being grilled to extract more information and added that the police is almost 100 percent sure that Th Nando was involved in the gruesome crime.

During an interaction session with the media recently at Dimapur, Deputy Kilonser of Information and Publicity of the NSCN (IM), K Chawang had stated that Th Nando and N Rome are two of the closest associates of James Kuki who is in their custody.

Based on the confessions of' James Kuki, Chawang had stated that the killers had contacted two doctors in Imphal while Elizabeth was in their custody.

Meanwhile the State Government has sent a written missive to the CBI to take up Elizabeth's murder case.

The State Government is understood to have informed the CBI to take up the case as the names of Speaker TN Haokip, Works Minister Gaikhangam and TD Minister Ngamthang Haokip have been linked to James Kuki, who is the prime accused in the case.

Moreover, the NSCN (IM) on the basis of the information provided by James had pointed a finger of accusation at the top police brass of the State of trying to scuttle the case.

Citing these points, the State Government had asked the CBI to take up the case as the State police may not be in a position to investigate the case freely and fairly.

The source further said that the CBI is yet to officially intimate to the State Government that it has registered the case.

Deputy Kilonser of the NSCN (IM), K Chawang during the meeting with media persons had declined to give a direct reply when asked whether James Kuki would be handed over to the agency as the case has been referred to the CBI.

Chawang had maintained that the matter involves diplomacy and a decision can be taken only by the high command of the outfit.

Reprieve for 10 suspects: The Additional CJM has in a significant ruling dispensed the personal appearance of 10 accused in the murder of Elizabeth before the Court.

The 10 were among the 16 suspects arrested earlier in connection with the case but were subsequently granted bail as the police failed to build up a strong case against anyone of them.

All the 16 persons released on bail were supposed to appear before the Court yesterday however only 14 of them appeared.

Of the 14, ten suspects filed applications separately before the Court requesting that the order for their personal appearances be dispensed with.