Arunachal Police had on Friday arrested three in connection with the death of a former legislator’s daughter-in-law in a suspected accident that turned out to be an out of a thriller movie murder plot.
36-year-old Techi Meena Lishi, who was seven months into pregnancy, was found dead in an SUV that had run off the road halfway down a cliff near the Karsingsa block point, around 25km from the capital city on November 5.
According to the police investigation, the deceased, Lishi, was allegedly murdered by the driver of the vehicle, on orders from her husband Roni Lishi, son of former legislator Lishi Legi.
While Roni was arrested based on culpable pieces of evidence on November 10, his crime was established after the driver, Dathang Suyang — arrested on November 5 — confessed to his crime, IGP for Law & Order Chukhu Apa said last Friday.
Three more — Kapwang Letey Lowang (40), who is a former NSCN (U) operative, Taney Khoiyang (33), and Damriet Khoiyang (29) — suspected to be co-conspirators in the alleged murder were also arrested from Tirap district in the early hours of Friday, at around 1:30 am.
“The driver has confessed to the crime. He said he did it by the orders of Roni who promised Rs 10 lakh to him once the murder was successfully pulled off. The rest of the arrested had helped in staging the accident,” Apa told media in a conference held on Friday.
Driver Suyang and the three other are “contract killers”, police said, whom Roni had given the contract to kill on October 27 from when he started planning.
“While the three other had reached the site and planned the murder with Roni in a hotel, Suyang joined as a driver for Roni on October 30 to execute the murder” police said.
Roni had also paid them an advance of Rs 5 lakh in two installments — Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh.
“When the car was intentionally pushed off the cliff, she was already dead,” said police.
Three complaints including one from Roni’s father were filed in this connection.
The IGP informed that a special investigation team was formed to investigate the case. The team comprised ICR SP Jimmy Chiram, Naharlagun SDPO Rike Kamsi, Banderdewa PS OC Inspector Gocham Tassa, IO Inspector Minli Geyi and Inspector Khiksi Yangfo, along with Tirap SP Kardak Riba and Khonsa PS OC Inspector Wangoi Kamhua.