AIZAWL: Former chief minister Brigadier Thenphunga Sailo’s grandson, Zodinliana Sailo, surrendered before police in Aizawl on Thursday morning in connection with an alleged sodomy case in 2018.
Sailo allegedly sodomised a 25-year-old youngster on September 9, 2018. He and another co-accused, R Lalhruaitluanga, were arrested after a complaint was filed on September 28, but both managed to secure bail.
Following public outcry and media attention, Aizawl’s additional district and sessions judge HTC Lalrinchhana issued arrest warrants on Wednesday against Sailo and Lalhruaitluanga. But when police went to arrest Sailo, he allegedly evaded arrest and surrendered before police around 2 am on Thursday.
As Lalhruaitluanga tested positive for Covid-19, police have currently kept him in isolation at his home.
The case came to light after the victim’s relatives accused police of not registering a case even after a complaint was submitted. One of the relatives accused police of trying to convince the family to settle the case with the accused. However, after public outcry, police initially registered a case under bailable sections. After more protests, they added non-bailable charges.

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