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State Govt to be tough on crime

Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen (2nd from R) addressing the consultative meeting at DC conference hall, Dimapur on Monday (NP).
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 25 (NPN):
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Published on 26 May. 2009 1:37 AM IST
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Set against the backdrop of a spate of crimes particularly extortion and forcible collection of taxes which have become rampant in Dimapur, Nagaland home minister Imkong L.Imchen told the consultative meeting held in the DC’s conference hall Monday, that the government was determined to implement the ban on all forms of taxation and forcible collection. He also warned that anyone caught in collection of illegal taxes would be imprisoned under the National Security Act(NSA) including offenders involved in serious crimes such as abduction and rape . Imchen also said even police or ministers or MLAs were not authorized to permit any form of tax collection, except those passed by the state legislative assembly. The minister urged upon members of civil societies to actively work in tackling anti-social elements instead of relying solely on the district administration and state government. As a measure to tackle anti-social elements, Imchen pointed out that the Vigilance Committees comprising of DMC members, ward chairmen, village council members, prominent members along with representatives of the civil administration and police have been accorded power to effect arrest of any offender in the respective wards and to be handed over to the competent authority for legal action. He also urged upon the Naga national workers not to harbour or protect known offenders but to hand them over to the civil authorities for prosecution and in the interest of curbing rise of criminal activities in Dimapur district. He also asked the DC Dimapur to hold frequent consultative meetings in order to resolve various problems as well as encourage wide public participation towards rooting out anti-socials from various colonies in Dimapur. The minister also announced that the best performing Vigilance Committee of a ward, will be rewarded by the district authorities. Home Commissioner Nagaland Mhathung Kithan IAS who recently took over, urged the civil societies to rope in public support for tackling crimes in Dimapur for peace and harmony of society, as it is the nerve centre of Nagaland. Mr Kithan also lauded the efforts of the home minister and home secretary in this regard. Earlier chairing the meet, DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier said there were 379 Village Guards deployed along the border with Assam to check trans-border criminal activities. He also urged ward council members coordinate with the sectors magistrates and sector commanders to check the various anti social elements in the colonies and to inform the competent authority to check criminal elements. Liremo also said four policemen have been suspended and action initiated for the May 5 shooting incident near Breeze Restaurant when two student leaders were shot and injured by armed activists. He also appealed for better cooperation from the civil societies to tackle incidents in Dimapur. President Naga council dwelled on the memorandum submitted to the Home Minister by Dimapur public coordination committee and briefed the gathering on the various points drafted during the meeting held on May 11. Some of the points submitted included- the menace of taxation, the public coordination committee to find solution to tackle such menace on a long term basis, increase of mobile squads, integrity and quality of police personnel, community policing, foot patrolling, restricted special empowerment, adequate deployment, adequate deployment of paramilitary forces, amendment of rape law to be revised, creation of road dividers in NH 39, proper implementation of cease fire ground rules. Others who spoke on the occasion were DMC deputy chairperson, K.P Angami, SDPO Dimapur, SDPO Niuland, Dimapur chamber of commerce president Keshito Yepthomi, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur general secretary Liangsi and various other prominent leaders from various organisation and village council members.

 
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