From Our Correspondent
ITAGAR, June 27: Itagar police has arrested two persons in connection with the alleged murder of one Papung yu, a resident of Hari Niablam village in Pipu of Circle of East Kameng district.
The arrested persons – Toki Taloh and Yumli Padu were produced before the CJM court in Yupia on Monday, police said.
The two have been arrested as suspects on the basis of CCTV camera footage of Waii Intertiol Hotel and Poongnest Bar.
The lifeless body of 29–year–old Papung was recovered under mysterious circumstances from the terrace of the ground floor of Waii Intertiol Hotel here on June 24 last.
According to police, Papung along with his three other friends had checked into the hotel for the past seven days and the body of the deceased was found by a worker of the hotel around 7 am on Saturday last, while he was cleaning the roof top of the ground floor. The police had earlier reportedly registered a case of untural death under section 174 CrPC but now registered a case under section 302/341 crpc after the FIR was lodged. According to the CCTV footage, Toki was with Papung in the same room of the hotel at the time of the incident, while Padu had an altercation with Papung in the bar barely an hour before the incident, informed a police official.
The police official said that the two were arrested to facilitate a thorough investigation of the case. It was also informed that one person from galand was also questioned regarding the case, while another from Manipur has been called for questioning. Both came to Itagar regarding a car deal with Papung. Reportedly Toki is the son of former minister Tapang Taloh, while Padu is the son of WRD secretary Geyum Padu.
The District Youth Congress East Kameng (DYCEK) has appealed the law enforcing agency to conduct a fair and free investigation of the case. While appealing the police to carry out the investigation without manipulating and tampering the CCTV footages made available to them, the DYCEK has also sought immediate arrest of the culprit(s) involved in the crime and also to book the three other friends of Papung who were with him on the fateful night under suspicion till the actual reason of death is not ascertained.
Condemning the incident in his strongest terms, DYCEK president Karbia Tungi has at the same time appealed all not to draw commul lines on the case and allow law to take its own course of action.