The Nagaland Government has dismissed media reports that it has submitted a report to the Union Home Ministry which stated that there was no rape in connection with the last week’s incident in Dimapur.
State Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar clarified that the State Government’s report made no such mention or ruled out rape. He said, the case is still under investigation and that it is not possible to give any comment on the issue. He urged upon the media to refrain from reporting based on speculations, to avoid confusion among communities.
Meanwhile, police have arrested some more persons in connection with the incident taking the number of the detained persons to 48. SMS and Mobile Internet services will remain blocked for another 24 hours throughout Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang met Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday and apprised him about the situation in the state. Official sources said, during the meeting, Mr Zeliang briefed the Home Minister about the circumstances leading to the lynching of the rape accused and the steps taken by the state government to ensure peace in Nagaland, particularly in Dimapur.
Later, talking to reporters, Mr Zeliang said that he cannot comment whether the incident was a rape or consensual sex. He said, the investigation is still on.