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Naga lad arrested for kidnapping, lands in Tihar

Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 12

A Naga lad arrested in connection with a case of kidnapping for ransom is now under the custody of the Delhi police. Facing trial, he is now in Tihar jail. According to reliable intelligence sources, the accused identified only as Mhonchumo hailing from Nagaland was arrested from Senapati, Manipur on February 4 by a joint team of Delhi and Senapati district police while two other accomplices managed to escape during the police raid. The raiding team also rescued the kidnapped hostage, a Delhi based businessman, identified as one Rakesh Kumar.
Piecing together details of the events leading up to the rescue, it emerged that Mhonchumo, Kumar and the two absconding accused were known to each other and had travelled to Nagaland sometime towards the end of January. They had made the trip, in good faith, reportedly to explore some viable business venture, together. They are believed to have arrived in Dimapur via train on January 31.
However, Kumar was instead taken to Senapati. The trio made ransom calls to Kumar’s parents. Kumar’s parents, while negotiating with the abductors also lodged a complaint with the Delhi police, who in turn alerted the intelligence branch of Nagaland police. As efforts to trace the hostage progressed, a twist was added to the saga on February 2, when the East Police Station, Dimapur received a missing complaint about one Mhonchumo. The complaint was lodged by the missing man’s parents. The parents, the sources said, were expecting their son home, who was supposed to have reached Dimapur on January 31.
With the case pending with the Delhi police, the Naga lad was taken into custody by the visiting police team; and the rescued hostage reached home. It later emerged that the ransom had already been transacted; the hostage’s parents transferring an amount, said to be Rs. 6 lakh, to an undisclosed bank account in Senapati town, prior to the rescue. Of the amount, the police could recover only Rs. 50000, which was found in the possession of Mhonchumo.
Meanwhile it was also informed that a team from the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) a civil liberties and democratic rights organization based in Delhi visited Timarpur thana in North Delhi where the Naga youth was confined for preliminary inquiry. As per information received charges has been framed under Section 364 IPC. When contacted by The Morung Express, the Investigation Officer refused to answer questions.

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