Miscreants resort to cattle lifting during lockdown
Kohima, April 14 (EMN): Reports of cattle going missing in and around the urban areas of Kohima have increased since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Some unidentified miscreants have been reportedly taking advantage of the present health crisis; attacking and beating up caretakers in paddy fields before stealing their cattle such as cows and goats at night.
Last Sunday night, a caretaker overseeing a paddy field below New Market and Naga Bazaar colony was reportedly hit on the head with a firewood at his home by two unidentified persons, while his wife and her friend were tied up to their bed.
It is suspected that the assailants wanted to loot their goods and steal their domesticated animals.
On hearing their cry for help, youths from nearby colonies like New Market, Naga Bazaar and Naga Hospital rushed to the paddy field but the miscreants had already fled the scene by the time they reached the spot.
A youth from Naga Bazaar colony told Eastern Mirror on Tuesday that they searched for the culprits for hours in the jungle but could not find them as it was difficult to see in the dark.
It was also informed that miscreants stole about four domesticated pigs from Naga Bazaar colony a couple of days ago during the night. It added that the organs of the butchered animals were found in the sty.
The New Market colony youths have made public announcement about theft incidents happening in and around Kohima, and asked the residents to be vigilant.