The Special Investigating Team (SIT), constituted to probe killing of nine persons whose highly decomposed bodies were found blindfolded with hands tied and shot from close range in a gorge in Dimapur, began its probe on Sunday. Police are yet to establish the identities of eight victims.

In its first meeting during the day, the SIT discussed among other issues, the process of investigation and motive for the murder, Additional SP of Dimapur and member of the SIT Watichuchang Jamir said. The bodies were discovered stacked atop each other at Pachaspura on Friday. One of the victims had been identified as the secretary of Karbi Students’ Association Bokajan Branch, Harlongbi Ingti, on Saturday, he said. Mr. Jamir said he was hopeful that the identities of the other victims would be established by Sunday evening. — PTI