NSCN wraps up probe, keeps doors open for CBI
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 18: With the completion of the interrogation process of James Kuki, the NSCN (IM) has finalized its investigation into the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, daughter of GAD Minister Francis Ngajokpa.

If the CBI, to which, the State Government has handed the case wants to interrogate James Kuki, then they can do so subject to the condition that the investigation agency come to the NSCN (IM) headquarters.

Speaking to The Sangai Express from Dimapur today, deputy kilonser of the outfit, K Chawang said that though the interrogation process of James Kuki has been completed, the investigation officer of the outfit is yet to submit his investigation report.

Chawang said that a final decision will be taken by the National Security Council of the NSCN (IM) after the investigating officer submits his findings.

The National Security Council will meet as soon as some of its key members who are outside India return, informed the deputy kilonser.

As the one month deadline given to Speaker TN Haokip, Works Minister Gaikhangam and TD Minister Ngamthang Haokip to come and state their case before the outfit has expired, the NSCN (IM) will now take its own course of action.

Mention may be made here that James Kuki had allegedly named the three political figures during his interrogation by the NSCN (IM) cadres in connection with the case.

To a question whether James Kuki would be handed over to the Government of Manipur, Chawang said that the NSCN (IM) does not recognize the Government of Manipur or the Government of Nagaland.

Due action against the prime accused would be taken according to the �law of the land�, he explained.

As the Manipur Government has handed the case to the CBI, the NSCN (IM) will give an opportunity to the investigating agency to interrogate the accused at the IM's headquarters, he stated and added that the opportunity is being given as there is mutual understanding between the Centre and the IM group.

To a question whether the Union Home Ministry has approached the outfit to hand over James to the CBI, Chawang said that as the CBI has not formally taken up the case, the Centre has not approached them.

Going on the offensive against the SPF Government, the NSCN (IM) deputy kilonser said that the Manipur Government has erased all evidences pertaining to the murder case.

The evidences can be found from the school from where Lungnila Elizabeth was taken captive as well as from the spot where her body was found, said Chawang and added that evidences can also be found from the doctor who treated her while she was in the custody of the kidnappers as well as from the place where she was kept.

The SPF Government too should go public with the findings of the post mortem report and wondered why the Government has remained a deafening silence on this point.

Divulging more information, Chawang said that Ajoilu who was hauled up from Nagaland's Peren district is still under the custody of the outfit.

He however admitted that he was not in a position to give all the evidences collected so far as he has not yet received the report of investigating officer.