Nurse’s death in Shillong: 1 arrested by police

Naga orgs, others condemn incident, demand speedy justice


Dimapur, June 1 (MExN): The Shillong police has arrested one person in connection with the death of nurse working in Nazareth Hospital in Shillong.


“Police said the man was a neighbour of the victim, at Lower Nongrim Hills. He was arrested late on Wednesday night,” according to a local media report. The police refuse to divulge the details about the accused, it added.


East Khasi Hills SP Davis Marak said police have evidence against the neighbour and a blood-stained vehicle used by the accused was seized, The Shillong Times reported on June 1.


A functionary of Naga Students Union, Shillong (NSUS) also confirmed the arrest, without divulging further details.


Hailing from Chingjaroi, Ukhrul district in Manipur Leiyaton Soro, Tangkhul a Naga, went missing on May 26. Later, her dead body was recovered from recovered from a from Ryndangbriew viewpoint, near Umiam Lake along Guwahati-Shillong National Highway on May 29. Her mortal remains were taken to her native village May 30.


Meanwhile, a delegation comprising various Naga organisations and other called on Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Home Minister James K. Sangma on May 31 and submitted a joint memorandum over the issue.


Strongly condemning the incident as a case of “alleged abduction, torture and murder” as per the prima facie evidence, the delegation impressed upon the CM and HM to institute an “immediate and expeditious inquiry” into the incident.


‘This should be done in order to do justice to the deceased and family members as well as the security and safety of the citizen of Meghalaya,’ the memo further appealed.


It further asked the state government to treat the incident as a “very serious” case and handle the same with top priority for the overall general security of the people and the student community in particular.


The joint memo was appended by members of Naga Students Unions Shillong; Naga Elder’s Forum Shillong; Tangkhul Catholic Community, Shillong; Tangkhul Students’ Union, Shillong; Tangkhul Elder’s Forum, Shillong; Eastern Naga Students Union, Shillong; Twipra Students’ Federation Shillong; Arunachal Students’ Union, Shillong; Manupuri Students’ Union, Shillong; and The Shillong Bar Association.


The CM and HM also assured the delegation to take up the matter with urgency.


Later, a peace rally condemning incident and a candle lit vigil for the departed soul was held at Shillong’s Police Bazar on May 31.