Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Dimapur has rebutted the statement that appeared in a local daily on March 25 issued by SDO (Civil) Changtongya, seeking clarification in regard to the seizure of name and designation plates of certain administrative officers.
In a release issued by DSP (traffic), Dimapur police carried out checking of unauthorized use of VIP red lights, designation plates and flag posts as per the government’s notification issued on June 20, 2006 and August 8, 2007, which clearly mentioned the categories of officials and organizations in the state who were authorized to use sirens, red lights and designation places.
With regard to Nagaland government notification issued on August 8, 2007, he said it was subsequently published in Nagaland gazette of September 14, 2007, and a partial modification to the notification of June 20, 2006 was issued in which some categories of officials viz SDO (C) and border magistrates of the state, were added to Part ‘C’ of Clause II for which the use of designation plates were authorized, adding that the said part ‘C’ of Clause II of the notification clearly specified organizations/officials authorized to use their name and designation plates written in white letters in blue background.
He also said in compliance to the directives of the notification authorizing police to strictly enforce notified regulations, remove and confiscate any of the items found in use by unauthorized person or organizations on the spot, during checking, the designation plates of the SDO (C) Changtongya was removed and seized by contravention of the prescribed norms.
He further alleged SDO (Civil) Changtongya was not well conversant with the contents of the notification and advised him to minutely study details of the notification before pointing fingers on the police for being ‘ignorant’ and committing wrongful and unauthorized actions’.