The Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a DIG, constituted by the Nagaland Police, arrested four suspected persons in connection with the killing incident that took place on March 22 in Peren.
The SIT was constituted to investigate the killings at Lamhainamdi village in Peren district.
The four arrested persons are gaon burha (village headman) of Kiyevi village Zheshito Swu, Village Development Board secretary of Kiyevi village Ghosheto Swu, Vikaho Kappo of Kiyevi village and Lovito Swu of Diphuphar, Dimapur.
According to a release, issued by the SP (Crime) and PRO, PHQ, Kohima, a suo motto case No. 2/2021 under sections 302/120 B/188/34 IPC R/W 251B/27 (3) Arms Act was registered on March 23 against unknown persons in the State Crime Police Station relating to the firing and killing of three persons in Lamhainamdi village.
Subsequently, an SIT, headed by a DIG level officer, was constituted to investigate the case, it said.
On registration of the case, the SIT visited the place of occurrence on March 24.
The team inspected the scene of crime and recorded the statements of the police personnel posted in the disputed area.
It also examined and recorded the statements of the eyewitnesses to the incident.
On March 25, extensive raid and search operations were carried out by a combined team of SIT, district executive force, special task force and special branch personnel in the vicinity of scene of crime and neighbouring villages.
Following this operation, many relevant materials and evidences were collected and seized, including empty and live ammunitions of various calibers, the release said.
The arrested persons are currently in police custody.
During the course of investigation, vital leads having a bearing on the case have emerged and more arrests are likely to be effected in the coming days, the release said.
Though police refused to divulge more details now as it may hamper the course of investigation, they said the SIT is confident of unravelling the case to a logical conclusion.