Murder of Shillong cab driver: Arunachal youth among 3 arrested

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ASUS condemns, demands stern action against guilty ** Accused drug addicts: Police  

HT Bureau

SHILLONG, June 25:Meghalaya Police have arrested three persons including a youth from Arunachal Pradesh in connection with the alleged murder of a cab driver identified as Hapish Nongbri.

Police on Friday recovered the body of Nongbri (53), who has been missing since June 15, from Mawiong Sung near Puriang, East Khasi Hills after arresting the trio — Freddy Sohtun, Lastborn Ksanlah (both from Shillong) and Tenzing (from Arunachal Pradesh).

Police said that the accused were drug addicts. There are being given deaddiction treatment in a hospital here.

One of the arrested persons led police to the place where Nongbri’s body was dumped by his killers.

The three were arrested on Friday from Lawsohtun (Block II). The deceased, who hailed from Pdengshnong Malki in Shillong, had gone missing since June 15 along with his vehicle (ML05 G 7436).

The taxi was subsequently found from the parking space of the Forest and Environment department at Lawmali Pyllun on Wednesday last.

Police informed that another person who is also suspected to be involved in the murder is still absconding.

According to police, they got a lead after the four accused had used the mobile of the deceased. Police said that they had laid a trap for the four and finally managed to arrest three of them. The three accused ‘confessed’ to the police they had first looted Rs 900 from Nongbri after hitting him with a screw driver.

The three accused  also ‘confessed’ that they withdrew Rs 7000 through Nongbri’s ATM card and then took the deceased to Diengpasoh before proceeding towards the Shillong Bye Pass road and finally to Mawiong Sung where they dumped his body.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong (ASUS), while condemning the brutal murder of the taxi driver, expressed shock over involvement of the Arunachali youth in the murder.

The president of the organisation Mebom Jilen in a statement urged police and court to give an exemplary punishment to them if found guilty.

While extending condolences to the bereaved family, the statement said that the ASUS was committed to fight against drug abuse prevalent among some students from Arunachal studying in Meghalaya.

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