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Kohima hit by KCCI protest

Shops and street of Kohima town wore a deserted look on Tuesday after the KCCI calling a 12 hour shop closure.
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 31 (NPN):
Published on 1 Apr. 2009 12:21 AM IST
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Normal business was affected in Kohima on Tuesday as the Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) called a 12-hour closure of shops from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. The KCCI in a pamphlet released to the media said the token closure was against rampant extortion, collection of taxes 2-4 times a year by different groups, intimidation to the members, calling of business people over the phone to certain locations to pay demanded amount thus causing fear and insecurity to the members etc. It demanded abolition of the token system adopted by the KMC, alleging that selected individuals of KMC were being authorized to monopolise on certain essential commodities thereby leading to rise in prices of essential commodities. During a press briefing, KCCI President, Khriehuzo Lohe claimed the voluntary token closure was “successful.” KCCI general secretary, C. Kris Kire said the token closure was to show their resentment and grievances to the district administration and the people. “We are not against the government, the government has delegated power to the district administration, however the district administration failed to exercise its power”, said Kris and further clarified that the KCCI was not affiliated to any political party. The KCCI also submitted a memorandum to the DC, Kohima in the afternoon. The Chamber cautioned that it would take further steps if the district administration failed to pay any head to their grievances. Meanwhile, the KCCI in a separate statement expressed gratitude to the business community, public, Kohima Village Council, Kohima Village Youth organization, Kohima Village Students Union, Nagaland Voluntary Consumer Organization, Kohima Petrol Pump Union, Kohima Highway Traders Association, All Nagaland Taxi Association, Kohima District Truck Drivers Union, Minibus owners Association of Kohima, Nagaland Contractors & Suppliers Union and Nagaland Class 1 Contractors Union for their support extended to the one day token closure of shops. It also particularly thanked the media persons from various agencies for the interest and support.

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