Lungnila Elizabeth kidnap and murder trial
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, February 09 2009: Police depose in court in the trial of the most shocking incident of kidnap and subsequent murder of a Little Flower School student, Lungnila Elizabeth being investigated by the CBI, the accused persons were present in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Manipur East, and a policman deposed as a prosecution witness before the Judge today.

The accused persons who personally attended the ongoing trial in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Manipur East, Th Sudhir today were under trial prisoners James Kuki and Thokchom Nando and Ningombam Rome, who has been released on bail.

The policeman who gave his statement as the third prosecution witness of the CBI was Sub-Inspector Oinam Member, who was the 2nd OC of Lamphel police station at the time of the gruesome incident.

SI Oinam Member, in his statement in the court, said that the Lamphel police station filed a suo motu FIR case following the reports published in the newspapers about the recovery of the dead body of Lungnila Elizabeth, daughter of the then GAD Minister Francis Ngajokpa, on November 4, 2003.The girl was abducted by unknown persons from the gate of Little Flower School.

He said that there was a suspicion that the abductors would be KNF who took the girl into their custody for a ransom of Rs 15 lakh.

Counsel of CBI, Advocate H Chandrajit Sharma and Counsel of accused Th Nando,Advocate Khaidem Mani and Counsel of accused James Kuki, etc cross examined the witness.

The Court fixed Febraury 24 for the next hearing.

Out of 74 prosecution witnesses, three have deposed in the ongoing trial before the court.

Accused Th Nando told newspersons outside the court today that he has been detained as an under trial prisoner in jail for the last five years and three months.

He is not allowed to be released on bail and nobody cares for him when he falls ill.

He expressed his desire for the trial to come to an end soon and said that if he is found guilty, he is willing to get the punishment, and if he is found not guilty, then he should be released.

The other two accused James Kuki and N Rome also expressed their desire for a final judgement, whether they are guilty or not guilty.