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Police crackdown on illegal collection

The 11 accused under policy custody in Dimapur, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 21 (NPN)
Published on 22 Apr. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Dimapur police along with district administration on Wednesday carried out raids at several entry points and arrested 11 persons for illegal collections. Several booklets, receipts and cash were also recovered from their custody. The list of unions includes Dimapur Land Transport Workers Union (DLWTU), Dimapur Motor Workers Trade Union (DMWTU), Petroleum and Land Transport Workers Federation of India (PLTWFI) and Truck Owners Association (TOA). Interestingly, this time the complainant was not the truck drivers but the district administration themselves.
SDPO Dimapur Shouka Khakheto and SDPO Niuland Tokhavi Achumi along with EACs -Lamkoa and P Phom conducted the joint raids at Burma Camp, Dillai gate and New Field check post area.
Later briefing media persons at West police stations, SDPO Niuland Tokhavi pointed out that the unions were carrying out forcible collections despite repeated warnings and notification from the government not to collect any tax from the state highways and national highways. He also said the notification only permitted unions to set up information centers and not collection counters for membership fee. Membership though purely an option, yet the unions forced every vehicle driver to pay up union fees.
SDPO Dimapur Shouka Khakheto termed the activities of the unions as amounting to extortion since they were instances of forcible collection of membership fee. He said the police were regularly picking up and detaining various persons for carrying such illegal activities. He admitted that it has become difficult to catch the culprits in the act as they used to collect fees in pan shops opened near the information centers and dispatched cash co0llected to the kingpins in an hourly basis.
The arrested were booked under Section 188 (Violation of government order) inviting punishment of one month imprisonment or fine of Rs. 100 or both. Later, talking to this reporter over the phone, SP Dimapur Liremo said the accused have been booked for violating the government order and asserted that if found involved in earlier case, the police would definitely appraise the court. The SP also further informed that such kind of crackdown will continue.

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