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Nagaland NMA demands probe into death of Mizo woman

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Kohima: The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has expressed deep shock over the news of the mysterious death of a young Mizo woman, Jones C Malsawmkimi, who was working at the Assam Rifles Hospital at Sukhovi near Dimapur.

In a memorandum submitted to the Nagaland Governor, NMA president Abei-u Meru and joint secretary Malsawmthangi Leyri demanded that a ‘special investigation team’ be constituted at the earliest to seriously and impartially investigate this sexual crime against a young army woman, Jones C. Malsawmkimi, in the State.

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Taking cognizance of the letter of Dr. K. Pachhunga, MLA of Lunglei in Mizoram, the NMA said it gives credence that there is much more than the witness accounts of those arrested by the police in connection to the case. That, it is obvious, from the MLA’s letter to the President of India, that the victim had no history of drug abuse. So, therefore, the police investigation has depended on the statement of strong suspects to the death and the crime, it said. NMA has, therefore, sought the governor’s intervention into this crime of violence against women in the State and ensure justice in the unfortunate death of Jones C. Malsawmkimi.

It is to be mentioned here that 20-year-old Malsawmkimi, who was working at the Assam Rifles Training Center (ARTC) at Sukhovi, had reportedly obtained “out pass” after completing her day shift at 6:00 PM on September 1 and was scheduled to report to work at 8:00 AM on September 2, but did not. A missing complaint was filed by the ARTC with the Police later in the afternoon. Her dead body was found the September 3 by villagers, who alerted the Police and a case was registered.

On September 6, the Dimapur Police had stated that the body bore no signs of injury as to indicate foul play. Three of the seven youths rounded up by the Police for questioning had been arrested, sources said.

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