Five-year-old found dead; rape suspected

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By Alex Guite

CCPUR, January 8: Around 7.30 am today the collective conscience of Lamka denizens was hurt and shocked when the body of five year old girl was recovered from under a bridge on the Lanva bridge.

The lifeless body of five year old, Zizinmoo daughter of Moowin of Ngathal, Lamka was found this morning under a bridge behind a bamboo grove of Ngathal village.

Later the body was picked up by the Churachandpur police and deposited at the CCpur District Hospital morgue.

Neighbours said the girl had remained untraceable since 9 am yesterday and after search parties bear no fruit, the parents had lost all hope until the body was found this morning.

A local said that the girl could have died after falling from the Ngathal Bridge into the Lanva River bank, however, the argument has been nullified as witnesses said her private parts were found exposed with blood, which pointed towards the possibility of rape.

Meanwhile, SP of CCpur, Mankhogin Haokip and SDPO David Piaklian rushed to the CCpur Hospital morgue and took stock of the situation.

The SP also assessed the next course of steps to be taken up regarding the case.

He also said that the police will register an FIR and take up a case which means that the body will be taken to Imphal for forensic test to determine the possibility of rape.

The police also refrained the media persons from taking the picture of the girl considering the seriousness of the matter.

Meanwhile, the police had also conducted a search operation at the Nathal Veng area.

A local identified as Khualpu said that the culprit need to be caught at the earliest and punish in such a manner that no crime of this magnitude is repeated.

It may be mentioned that the chairman of ADCC Langkhanpau Guite, while meeting with the pressmen yesterday lamented the pathetic condition of CCpur where communal harmony, moral values have been decreasing, while crimes, mob violence and obstructing law enforcers have been prevalent.

He had also appealed to all for a collective effort to stop such unwanted happenings.

The unanimous opinion in CCpur today is that action must be initiated at the soonest.

Meanwhile, chairman of Manipur Alliance for Child Right (MACR) CCpur Chapter, Rev Dr Nicky Thanga said the alliance will see to it that such crimes are not repeated.

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