Following the arrest of a Haryana based criminal, reportedly contracted to kill a Nagaland based politician, Nagaland police on Saturday beefed up security in Nagaland and various state guest houses across the country. Though it was not known whether the target was a sitting legislator or a political party functionary, state security forces have been put on high alert to thwart any untoward incident.
Delhi police on Friday claimed to have arrested Vijay Farmana and two of his associates from Lucknow.
Intelligence sources were of the opinion that the assassins may planed to carry out the high profile attack in Delhi, since most of the politicians from Nagaland frequent the national capital for work etc.
It may be mentioned that Farmana and his associates had taken a contract in April 2019 to kill a politician in Nagaland after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Delhi police had said. His aides were reportedly given a sum of Rs. 80 lakh and a Ford Endeavour car for the hit job, police said. Farmana (29) was wanted in 11 cases of murder, one rape, an attempt to murder case and several cases of carjacking.
When contacted, DGP Nagaland T. J. Longkumer informed Nagaland Post that the police has taken seriousness note of this case and directed one senior IGP rank officer to rush to Delhi to be part of the joint investigation.
Longkumer has also directed deployment of adequate security in various state guest houses particularly Nagaland House, New Delhi. He has also directed the IG (Intelligence) to alert security personnel attached with all VVIPs across the state to be on high alert.
Further, DGP also directed security officials to visit the residences of VVIPS under their respective jurisdictions, to check the security apparatus and to submit a report at the earliest.
Patton, Zeliang demand probe: Condemning the plot to kill a Nagaland based politician, Nagaland deputy chief minister and minister in-charge of Home, Y. Patton appealed to the Home ministry to constitute a committee to carry out an impartial inquiry.
Patton said “no Naga leader or Nagas should be threatened by any criminal syndicate in any circumstances.”
In a press note issued through DY. CMO media cell, Patton said the state government has taken serious note of the case and assured to leave no stone unturned to reveal the truth.
He also warned of stringent action as per the law, if any citizen from Nagaland was found to be directly or indirectly involved with the criminal syndicate.
While expressing shock, Patton said such “blood money” killers and “assassin” were alien to Naga culture. He said Nagas are peace loving people and those who plan to carry out criminal acts against the citizens of Nagaland will not go unpunished.
Patton further lauded Delhi police for apprehending the hardcore criminal Vijay Farmana who had taken the contract to kill a Nagaland based politician along with his associates.
Meanwhile, Patton said he has directed the state police to coordinate with its counterparts in New Delhi to elicit the details in order to bring out the truth and reveal those involved in paying such a huge amount to kill a leader from Nagaland.
The state police and other law enforcing agencies have also been asked to beef up security measures in order to foil attempts by any anti-social elements that could take advantage of such reports and create chaos in the society.
TR Zeliang: Opposition leader, T.R. Zeliang expressed shock to learn about the contract to kill a Naga politician after the Lok Sabha election by Vijay Farmana and two of his associates.
Taking to twitter, Zeliang said: “Investigating agencies should treat this as high profile case and find out the person/s who paid for the hit job. I would like to appeal to the GoN and the State Home department in particular to coordinate with the @DelhiPolice in unearthing the truth behind the contract. This is an unprecedented case in the annals of Nagaland State.”
NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) also expressed shock and was alarmed by the report of a contract killer paid to carry out a political execution.
“If true, it is condemnable and all sections of Naga society must join hands to ensure that such evil intensions do not pollute our rich social fabric,” the party stated.
While urging the law enforcing agencies to carry out a thorough probe, NDPP has also assured that the state government will take all necessary measures to ensure proper investigation of the highest level.