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SP Dimapur refutes news item
Published on 6 May. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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Refuting the April 29 news report in local dailies that a press vehicle carrying newspapers Nagaland Page and Tir Yimyim to Kohima was fired upon by miscreants at around 3 a.m. near 5th mile on April 28, Dimapur police Wednesday claimed that its inquiry revealed that vehicle was not fired upon by any gun. Stating this in a press release, Superintendent of Police, Dimapur , said the driver of the vehicle, Mahesh Alam, son Bihari Alam , on questioning recounted that three unidentified persons attempted to stop the vehicle at 5th mile but that he instead sped away. Alam reportedly told police that he heard the sound of the vehicle being hit by stone/other objects by the miscreants. Police said the driver’s statement was confirmed by witnesses who were present at the time of the incident and who reportedly also said they did not hear any gun shot at 5th mile that particular morning. Asserting that the report on the incident as published was not true, the SP said examination of the damaged mark on the vehicle indicated it was hit by stones or other object and not by bullet as any bullet would have pierced through the car door. EDITOR REACTS Meanwhile, reacting to the SP’s statement, Editor Tir Yim Yim Mr Temjen Jamir, expressed surprise over the police statement as it amounted to dismissing the incident and giving a fillip to criminals preying on the highways. Talking to Nagaland Post, Temjen said the police version that that there were witnesses was surprising since there were no one at that time (3 a.m.) except the miscreants who tried to stop the car. He also said the mark on the car door was not the issue as the main issue was about safety of public. He said instead, the Police should be more concerned with arresting those involved in highway robberies. As also reported in the news, armed miscreants stop vehicles and extort money from drivers making the NH 39 quite unsafe to travel after midnight.

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