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Kohima: Student bodies in Nagaland condemned the murder of a 17-year-old minor girl in Dimapur appealing the concerned authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and that justice be delivered without delay.

The body of the deceased was found within a school campus in Kacharigaon on Thursday morning following which the Dimapur police arrested one male accused in connection with the murder.

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Friday condemned the “brutal murder” of the Class-X student of Liz Woodland School in Dimapur whose bludgeoned body was found in the playground premises of St Clare Higher Secondary school.

“The federation is shocked that the life of a young and innocent student was nibbed in the bud by the evil actions of the criminals and that too within the premise of an educational institution. The federation is deeply disturbed that commission of such a heinous crime are starting to seep into our Naga society,” Liremo Kikon, NSF general secretary said.

The federation also appealed the police and the investigating authorities to “leave no stone unturned and ensure that the perpetrators of such a crime with unimaginable cruelty is brought to justice without any delay whatsoever”.

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The Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) also condemned the “barbaric act” meted upon one of its student. “Such inhuman act is unacceptable in our peaceful society, and the Union will never tolerate such kind of act towards its students’ community,” the student body said.

Through a press note from its media cell, the student body appreciated the “swift and quick action” made by the Police in nabbing one accused person. It said that a thorough investigation and trial must be conducted by the authorities to “reward befitting punishment to the culprits involved”.

Failing to do so, it said that the student community will be compelled to take to the streets to show its “strongest resentment”. The student body’s secretary women affairs Kevibeinuo Keditsu and secretary debate & symposium Chithuzhiini Chache expressed anguish over the “monstrous act”, for tarnishing the good image of the Naga Society and endangering the safety of women in its “own kitchen”.

“This sort of crime is not only committed against the victim and family but is also committed against all womenfolk and the society,” the student leaders said.

The Union also urged all citizens not to disclose the identity of the victim and to avoid circulating images on social media unless done by the competent authorities for the interest of the victim.

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