Four suspects believed to have carried out the brutal murder of Omega (also spelt in some cases as Omeka) Myrthong, were arrested by police yesterday more than a month after the crime was committed.
A pickup truck used in the abduction, which led to the murder, decapitation and dismemberment, and the victim’s clothes were discovered by police today.
Myrthong was last seen alive on February 26 but a missing person complaint was registered at Lumdiengjri police station in Shillong only on March 3. His head was discovered near Umiam Lake on March 7 and the rest of his body – in separated pieces – later.
The autopsy was carried out at Nongpoh Civil Hospital but other evidence was studied by the Forensic Science Laboratory in Shillong and Central FSL in Kolkata.
Suspects were identified on April 1 and arrested yesterday, Superintendent of Police Vivek Syiem informed today, though he did not divulge their names.
According to Syiem, Myrthong, who was from Mawlaingut village in East Khasi Hills, had become involved in a brawl that took place between two groups who were consuming alcohol.
“On his way home alone, the deceased was then abducted and killed at Pomlum Viewpoint,” Syiem said, adding that the body was carved into pieces on the banks of the Umiam Lake.
The Bolero pickup used in the crime and Myrthong’s clothes were hidden in the forests of Dewsaw Krang and Nongpathaw; the suspects led police to these.
Investigations are continuing and the charge sheet against the duo will be filed soon, Syiem said.
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