By Our Reporter | Shillong, May 30, 2018:
A day after a decomposed body of a missing nurse from Nazareth Hospital was recovered from Ryndang Briew in Shillong, the family members have left for Manipur, along with the body, today afternoon.
On completion of post-mortem at NEIGRIHMS today, the family members immediately left for Manipur, along with the body for the last rites. They are expected to reach Ukhrul by tomorrow.
It may be recalled that the 28 year old nurse was murdered and her body was found yesterday dumped at Ryndang Briew near Umiam lake. Hailing from Manipur and working as a nurse at Nazareth hospital, the deceased Leiyaton Soro had gone missing since Saturday afternoon.
Where is the investigation heading?
As police await the post mortem report, the case is still shrouded in uncertainty and suspicions. “We are looking at every angle and as of now, we suspect that she was strangulated and hit by a hard object in the head. But all that will be clear once we have the PM report,” said SP (City) Stephen Rynjah.
When asked whether the deceased nurse was raped before she was murdered, Rynjah said that judging by her clothes, it is unlikely but “then again, nothing is certain unless we get the medical report.”
Police are currently sweeping the area where her body was recovered for clues and personal belongings of the deceased. “We are investigating into the matter and a police team was today dispatched to the area to recover the victim’s lost cell-phone which is still lying somewhere in the vicinity,” Rynjah said.
Meanwhile, it is suspected that the crime could have been committed by someone who knows the victim very well.
Cry for justice grows louder
As the horrific news of a missing nurse from Nazareth Hospital being found dead in Shillong spread across the state and beyond, demands for justice to the deceased grew louder from all sections of society. The atmosphere outside the city hospital was filled with shock, sorrow and condemnation as relatives and friends poured in after getting the news.
Tangkul and Naga forums submit joint letter to Meghalaya chief minister and home minister
Meanwhile, the Tangkul and Naga bodies based in Shillong have demanded for a speedy investigation into the ‘murder’ case while calling upon the Chief Minister and Home Minister to take up this matter seriously.
The Tangkhul Catholic Community, Shillong, Tangkhul Students’ Union, Shillong, Naga Students’ Union, Shillong, Tangkhul Elders’ Forum, Shillong and Naga Elders’ Forum, Shillong on Wednesday jointly submitted a letter to the chief minister Conrad Sangma and Home Minister James Sangma seeking their intervention into the murder case.
In their letter, the forums urged the CM and HM to direct and supervision the police and investigating agency to conduct coercive investigation into the case and book the culprit and punish them as per law and also to deliver speedy justice to the deceased and bereaved family.
While condemning the incident, the forums also mentioned that the nature and circumstances as well as the merciful injury inflicted on the body of the deceased, prima facie, strongly indicates that she was abducted, tortured, raped and murdered.
“Such barbarian and inhumane treatment not only amounts to infringement on her fundamental right to life and but also attack the core value of human dignity, liberty of citizens and the very foundation of civilized society,” read the letter.
Furthermore, they stated that the criminality meted out on innocent girls pose grave danger to the safety and security of womanhood in the state and if left unchecked, would be detrimental to the student community in Shillong in particular.
What happened on that fateful day?
According to the police’s version, On May 26, the victim returned home after completing her shift in the afternoon. After half an hour or so, she left home with an intention to pick up her sister who was supposed to arrive in Shillong from Manipur, at Polo.
However, when the victim’s sister arrived in Polo and found no one from her family to receive her, she waited for quite a long time. A little later, she left the Polo stand on her own and arrived at her siblings’ rented house in Nongrim Hills alone. On her arrival, the elder brother, who was told that his sister (victim) would pick up her youngest sister from station, was alarmed and worried when she arrived alone.
Despite constant and repeated attempts to search and contact his sister, the elder brother finally lodged a missing complaint with the Laitumkhrah PS, a day after her disappearance. Finally, when the body was recovered yesterday, the police asked the relatives to identify the body but initially due to the advanced decomposed nature of the body, the relatives were unsure. It was only later that the brother identified the clothing and ornaments to be that of his sister’s, which she had wore when she moved out of the house on May 26.