Kohima: An irate mob on Wednesday stormed the capital’s town south police station demanding to see the alleged persons following the death of a taxi driver on Sept 2 and the subsequent detainment of two more persons in Kohima.
Taxi services in Kohima came to a halt as the crowd grew and turned into an angry mob. Initially, the taxi drivers under the banner of All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) had gathered at the Raj Bhawan junction. They were angry over the contradicting information that was given by the police about the whereabouts of the three accused persons. They claimed this while police officials said that the accused had been taken down to Central Jail Dimapur, some reportedly said they were being held in Kohima.
The Officer-in charge tried to reason with the angry crowd and the police cordoned off the entry to the police station. The officer in charge said that while two more accused were apprehended on Wednesday morning, The investigation would be conducted by Chiephobozou police as the main case was filed there. However, the crowd refused to hear any explanation and demanded to see the three accused.
By late afternoon the crowd grew to hundreds and relatives of the victim too joined. The mob then forced their way through the gate of the station and stormed into the building while the outnumbered police stood and watched helplessly. However after failing to find the accused inside the building the crowd regrouped outside the police station. Officials of the ANTA, Chakesang community and the victims family members had a swift meeting with the Sub-divisional police officer after which they managed to pacify the angry crowd and disperse them.
The protesters in return served a 14 point demand to provide Ex-gratia to the family of the victim, Not to grant any bail to the accused under any circumstances, Capital punishments for the culprits and a fast track investigation. The ANTA also held a meeting on Thursday at 9 am and discussed its next step of agitation.
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