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Rally against abduction in Dmu

(Left) DC Dimapur, Maongwati Aier addressing the rally. (R) A section of the rallyists at Clock Tower Junction, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 May. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Close on the heels of the May 5 rally against rapes, another rally was held in Dimapur on May 6 to protest against abduction of a bank clerk on April 27 by unidentified miscreants, held under the under the aegis of the Dimapur Bank and Insurance Employees Co-Ordination Committee(DBIECC) at the Clock Tower Junction here. Addressing a moderate crowd, DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier assured employees of banks and insurance companies of adequate protection that the assured the safety of employees of the banks and insurance companies Aier described kidnappings and abductions as “heinous crimes” and affirmed that the administration would leave no stone unturned to apprehend any indulging in the crimes. Expressing serious concern on the rising crime rate in Dimapur, the DC pointed out that the criminals were mainly dropouts from schools and colleges and therefore urged the parents and churches to imbibe moral values in the minds the children. He said the crimes were degrading the moral values of the society. He also disclosed that nearly 25 criminals currently lodged at the Central Jail in Dimapur were from the neighbouring states. The DC sent out a stern warning to the unions and organizations from other districts against coming to Dimapur to collect or demand money saying, “Dimapur is not a city of collection or donation.” The rally came in the wake of the abduction of a clerk of the SBI one Mrinmoy Gupta, who was abducted on April 27 and later released without any ransom paid. Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, President, Hukheli T. Wotsa condemned the abduction the SBI employee. Dismayed over the growth of multiple factional groups, she requested the authorities of all the factions to keep a strict vigil on their activists and also asked the public not to blame each other but unite to fight against such criminal activities. A representative of the State Bank of India Officers’ Association (SBIOA) likened the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) to that of migratory birds and cautioned public not to cry over spilt milk in case the PSUs start moving out of Nagaland due to the situation. Naga Council president, Savi Legesie extended support to the DBIECC in seeking justice for the victim. Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) member, Rev. Phughoto Aye lamented that the people were afraid of denouncing the crimes which have been taking place. He also offered the invocation prayer. GBs and DBs Joint Forum, President, Taku Aier requested the authorities not to bail out kidnappers and extortionists. Earlier in his welcome speech, DBIECC, chief convenor, A. Lolly urged the public to stand up against all sorts of anti-social activities so as to enable the banks to serve them better. Others who spoke on the occasion included Dimapur Chamber of Commerce, secretary; DNSU vice president etc. Sudip Sen from Bank of Baroda delivered the vote of thanks. Meanwhile, the DBIECC submitted a memorandum to the DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier demanding the arrest of all the persons involved in the abduction of the bank employee. It also requested adequate security in and around all central government offices, PSUs and financial institutions till late hours. The DBIECC warned it would launch indefinite strike without any prior information if any cases of extortion, kidnapping of any employees related to any financial institution took place. The programme was attended by employees of various banks, insurance sector and representatives from several organizations and the public. The rally was also held to create awareness among the people against anti-social activities.

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