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Mizoram Police nabs Myanmar refugee for murdering a Mizo resident

First Published: 9th August, 2023 19:02 IST

The decomposed, headless body of Lallawmsanga was found on August 3 after Muallungthu village volunteers searched for him for days

A 27-year-old Myanmar refugee accused of murdering and beheading 41-year-old resident of Muallungthu village in Aizawl district, about 19 kilometres south of the capital city of Aizawl, was arrested by the Mizoram Police today. The accused was taking shelter in the state.
The decomposed body of Lallawmsanga was found on August 3 after Muallungthu village volunteers searched for him for days.

The severed head was found near the headless body by the search party, but the Police could not ascertain whether it was a case of homicide or accident before the results of forensic tests are obtained.

A senior Police official said that the accused Zung Nghin Thang is a Myanmar refugee taking shelter in a relief camp from where he came to work in a jhum (hill paddy cultivation) near Muallungthu village.

A suo moto murder case under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Kulikawn Police Station after the police received forensic test reports and post-mortem examination reports. The police informed that Thang has confessed to the gruesome murder.

The victim Lallawmsanga, who had been living in Muallungthu village for around 5 years, was an industrious person, spending days and nights in his jhum cultivation.

He left the village for his jhum, situated near river Tuirivang, on July 9 and had not been seen since then, one villager of Muallungthu said, adding that Lallawmsanga was hardly in the village as he spent most of his time in his work place.

However, as he was away for so many days, some people went to the jhum and could not find him. All they found was his ‘iptepui’ or jungle satchel inside the jhum hut and the search resulted in finding the dead body in the nearby jungle.

Mizo men usually use a big cotton satchel with a sling while going to the jungle to carry a machete and sometimes vegetables or forest products.

The accused is in custody while the detailed investigation continues.

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