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Law students testify collection at gates
Published on 29 Jun. 2010 1:13 AM IST
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The LLB VIth semester students of the Kohima Law College (KLC) have said that they were witnesses to “open collection” of cash by Nagaland police at the check gates between Kohima and Dimapur.
They also found that the KMC, DMC, Chumukedima Town Council, Medziphema Town Council, All Nagaland Regional Taxi Union, forest department, excise department, veterinary department and others were still collecting cash along NH 39.
Class representatives of the VIth semester students, Thiba Phom and Lichani Murry said they found such activities being practiced during their visits to various places in Dimapur on June 25 during which they also halted at all check gates and pay counters along NH 39. While the students visited Juvenile Home, Pherima and Central Jail Dimapur as part of their BCI practical paper, their halt at check gates were in the capacity of their being members of Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO).
Despite the students having witnessed such open collection by the police, the law students said that the policemen still defended themselves saying that it was the drivers who were willingly giving cash for them to pay for tea. The students said they questioned the police whether they were for public safety or for collection of cash.
The class representatives said one “fully drunk” police personnel, was found demanding Rs 100 from the handyman of a truck at the counter of excise and prohibition at the by-pass check gate, Kohima. Asked why he was collecting cash in the name of the department, the students said that the personnel apologized and promised not to repeat the “illegal act.”
Earlier, on June 22, the class representatives said that few students under the banner of Kohima Law College Students’ Union (KLCSU) went to Phesama check gate, Kohima and found that every truck handyman was submitting cash to Nagaland Police and KMC. They said that the Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) local taxi was still illegally collecting cash in full swing. The students questioned the office bearers of SAPO as to what “moral obligation” they held while continually indulging in illegal acts which was a serious crime and dangerous for public welfare.
The students as active members of NVCO and under the leadership of NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi vowed to continue to fight the menace of illegal collection of cash by government agencies, public organizations and others on highways.
The law students have urged the police and district administration to take immediate measures to stop illegal collection of cash as it contributed to price rise of all essential commodities thereby affecting every citizen.
They have also requested the district administration to solve the shortage of LPG distribution in line with the NVCO appeal to streamline the commercial LPG connection and domestic LPG connection.
Meanwhile, the LLB students during their visit to Juvenile Home, Pherima and learnt that the home having 15 inmates was in need of more building for accommodation and also required facilities including medical, education, vocational training, aftercare programme etc.
They urged the government to give more attention to the home and also to set up more juvenile homes in district headquarters in order to protect the rights of the children. The students interacted with the inmates enlightening them about the rights of juveniles and also distributed biscuits and sweets to them.
During their visit to Central Jail Dimapur, the students said the jail authority presented a brief report on the present position and management of the jail. They conducted a brief meeting at their Church after visiting the nook and corners for the jail. The law students spoke on free legal aid under the legal services authority, right to bail, rights of the prisoners/UTP, speedy trial and others. The students visited the Juvenile Home and Central Jail under the guidance of Zashekhono Tetso.

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