Kohima: Several Naga bodies have expressed shock over the escape of a rape and murder accused from an under-construction toilet of the undertrial prisoner medical cell in Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK), where he was admitted for treatment, on July 22.

Demanding the re-arrest of the accused — Sabir Ahmed — within 15 days, the Khonoma Village Council (KVC), Khonoma Women Union (KWU) and Khonoma Youth Organization (KYO) made a joint appeal through an ultimatum addressed to the chief secretary through the deputy commissioner.

The bodies also demanded “immediate action on the officials responsible for the escape of the accused of the heinous crime from custody due to their dereliction and callousness in duty”.

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The organisations expressed shock saying, “the long-awaited justice is seriously jeopardised and prolong the agony of the bereaved family and community”.

Ahmed was arrested by the Nagaland Police from Aizawl, Mizoram in March last year. He was accused of raping and killing a 52-year-old woman hailing from Khonoma, located about 20 km west from the state capital, Kohima.

A case vide No. PS.NO.007/2018, Under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against him in Kohima women’s police station.

As per reports, Ahmed was hospitalised for over seven times between June 26 and July 22, although he was allegedly found normal during examination. He was not even handcuffed on the day of his escape, locals alleged.

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