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Imchen calls to fight menace of extortion

From ( L) DGP K Kire, Home Commissioner M Kithan and Home Minister Imkong Imchen briefing medai persons at SP office Dimapur on Friday afternoon. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jan. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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Expressing concern over the menace of extortion, Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L.Imchen said Nagas have suffered enough and urged upon civil societies and NGOs to join hands with the authorities in fighting collectively against the menace. The minister was addressing the local media after a high level security meeting with the home commissioner, DGP and SP Dimapur with the business community held in the office of the SP Dimapur here Friday. Imchen also expressed serious concern over the price rise in several items and opined that the root cause was due to extortion on the business community. Presenting a series of measures adopted to check rampant price rise, Imchen disclosed that the business community have also voluntarily offered to have all their land lines and mobiles tapped by the authorities as a step against extortion from various individuals or organisations. “It is to determine intimidation and threat from individuals and group and we expect good results” he explained. Incidentally, the move comes in the wake of Dimapur Police busting several extortion cells during the past few weeks. Asked as to what action would be taken against local business community who were raising the prices exorbitantly, Imchen replied that it was the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) that determined price index. He however asserted that the business community were there to serve the needs of the public just like any government employee. Announcing a slew of stringent measures, the home minister called for putting up the price index board and added that the implementation will be jointly undertaken by the police and district administration. He also warned those ignoring the fixed rates that they would attract penalty under the law. In order to implement the check against rampant price rise, Imchen said a local regulatory body comprising of the DC, SP and CEO of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), would be set up to check the prices at regular intervals. On the overall law and order situation, the Home Minster expressed concern regarding the activities of several militant groups from outside the state such as- the UPDS, UTDS etc in Dimapur. Maintaining that these outfits were not ‘Naga freedom fighters’, Imchen said that these groups indulge in rampant extortion and other criminal activities within Dimapur. “They indulge in kidnapping, abduction and extortion of the business community which is neither proper nor permissible” he said. Friday’s high level meeting was attended by Home Commissioner M Kithan IAS, DGP K Kire IPS, IGAR (N), 5 Sector Commander (AR) Brig Ved Prakash, CRPF officials, DC Dimapur and other senior officials.

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