People attend the funeral service of the three persons killed at Lamhainamti in Peren district on Tuesday.

The Nagaland Police has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a senior police officer, to probe the killing of three persons at Lamhainamti in Peren district on Monday, deputy chief minister Y Patton said on Tuesday.

Patton, who also holds the Home portfolio, said the State Government has taken cognizance of this “serious issue” and assured that the law will take its own course.

He said befitting punishment will be awarded to the guilty as per the law of the land.

The minister expressed shock and condemned the incident in the strongest term, saying such killings go against the very tenet of life.

He said the inhuman killing of the three persons was “outrageous” and “numbing”.

Patton appealed to all concerned for calm, peace and tranquility in the area.

Tension prevailed at Lamhainamti area after the three persons were killed by unidentified miscreants on Monday afternoon.

Two vehicles were also burnt during the incident.

Police said two bodies were recovered near one of the burnt vehicles. Civil society organizations held black day at Jalukie town in the district to condemn the killing today.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident till the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, Peren deputy commissioner Sentiwapang Aier promulgated prohibitory order in the disputed area under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting assembly of more than five persons and carrying of lethal weapons from 9 pm tonight.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com