Rome, Inaobi, Surjit remanded
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 20: Even as James Kuki, the kingpin in the kidnapping and subsequent brutal murder of Baby Lungnila Elizabeth is being interrogated by the NSCN (I-M) in Nagaland, State police yesterday formally apprehended two other suspects, namely N Inaobi and Rome while another suspect named S Surjit reportedly surrendered to the police yesterday.

All the three suspects were produced before the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM), Imphal today.

Police requested the Court to remand them in their custody for further interrogation for ten days, and the Court after perusing the prayer, remanded the trio to police custody till January 29.Rome, who was in the custody of the underground outfit UNLF, was recently picked up by the police while N Inaobi is said to have been arrested by the police yesterday.

Both residents of Bashikhong area, Rome and Inaobi were arrested formally after taking the permission from the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal yesterday, said a reliable source.

The other accused, S Surjit, who is wanted in connection with the case surrendered before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) at about 2.30 pm yesterday.

IGP (Law & Order-I) JC Dabas told �The Sangai Express today that Surjit surrendered to Irilbung Police Station and is being interrogated by the police in connection with the case.

In the meantime, Thokchom Nando, who was arrested by the police on November 28, 2003 for his involvement in the gruesome murder has been further remanded to judicial custody till January 31, another source informed.

Tribal students hold dharna: All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) today held peaceful demonstrations in the hill districts in support of their demand for a white paper on the issue of Lungnila Elizabeth murder case and opening of a separate education directorate for the hill districts, reports Newmai News Network.

Police, however, prevented volunteers of the tribal student�s body from staging a similar sit-in-protest in Imphal.

Police dismantled the tent put up by the union and dispersed them.

They also assaulted some volunteers including the president of the students union.

Later talking to reporters� union general secretary Samson Renmei strongly condemned the police for assaulting the students and also not allowing them to hold a peaceful demonstration.

He demanded an apology from the police and warned that it would launch an agitation if no apology is tendered for the police action.

The student�s body said it will launch picketing in all the Government offices in the hill districts on January 22.The next course of action is a dawn to dusk protest (bandh) throughout Manipur on January 24.It appealed to all to stay indoors on the protest day.

ATSUM warned that bandh violators would be held responsible for any untoward incident during the protest hours.

The union criticized the Secular Progressive Front Government for not requesting the NSCN (IM) for handing over the Elizabeth murder suspect James Kuki alias Letsei Haokip, who is now in the custody of the Naga group.

James was captured by NSCN (IM) from Dimapur�s Burma camp a few days back after Manipur�s united national liberation front charged that James masterminded the crime.

ATSUM also flayed Okram Ibobi Singh government for its failure to honour the moU signed on the issue of creation of a separate education directorate for the hills.