CBI pulls up 1 more suspect
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 28: Making a significant progress in its probe into the kidnap and subsequent murder case of baby Lungnila Elizabeth, the CBI has pulled up another suspect in connection with the gruesome crime.

Assisted by the State police, the CBI managed to pull up the suspect belonging to Imphal West from near Nagamapal, Kangjabi Leirak at about 5.30 pm yesterday.

The suspect who was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal today was remanded to police (CBI) custody till July 11.In connection with the arrest, an FIR has also been registered.

The suspect had been in Darjeeling for the last few years and he came to Imphal only recently, informed a source.

James Kuki, the prime suspect in the macabre murder case, was apprehended by CBI sleuths from Dimapur on June 10.He was later remanded to judicial custody.

On June 23, the Additional CJM remanded James Kuki to judicial custody till July 7 but on the next day, a Duty Magistrate acting on another FIR, remanded the accused to police custody for six days.

Lungnila (8), daughter of the then Education Minister Francis Ngajokpa was kidnapped from near Little Flower School, Imphal on November 4, 2003 before her mortal remains was found bundled up inside a gunny bag 9 days later at an isolated place in Imphal West district.

Following strong and vehement pressure from all over the State to book the culprits and award exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the ghastly crime, the State Government handed over the case to CBI to bring it to a logical conclusion.

Besides James Kuki and the suspect held yesterday, two other accused��Th Nando and N Romi have already been lodged at Sajiwa Central Jail.

CBI officials disclosed that they are yet to arrest more suspects in order to deliver justice in the case.