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Tokheho blames DAN for 10th IRB revolt
DIMAPUR, AUG 22 (NPN):
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Published on 23 Aug. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Drawing attention on the protest incident by jawans of the 10 NAP (IRB) Saturday at the NAPTC, leader of the opposition Tokheho Yepthomi termed the “open revolt against the apathy of the state government” as “well placed” in view of what he described as indifference shown by the DAN government” and which was “humanly unacceptable.”
In a hard hitting statement, the CLP leader said it was “horrifying to note” that the state government was sending the 10 IRB jawans without modern weapons, required number of platoon commanders and without a single driver for a vehicle by road from Chumukedima to Midnapore (W.Bengal) to fight Naxals. He pointed out that sending the men to fight Naxals “ the most organized terror of modern India without platoon commanders” was like sending the men to the “ abyss of sure death” .
Tokheho demanded to know from the home minister as to how money received for Modernisation of Police Force (MPF) “had disappeared”?
He pointed out that under MPF, major items covered include secure police station, outposts, police lines, mobility, modern weaponry, security, surveillance, communication, forensic equipments, upgradation of training infrastructure etc.
During Saturday’s incident, it was disclosed by the 10 IRB jawans that they were not imparted training on use of hand grenades and 2-inch mortars, considered essential for offensive and flushing out operations.
The CLP leader also pointed out that under the scheme, the Centre had released a total of Rs.123.32 crore to Nagaland from 2006-07 to 2009-10, or four financial years, which works out at Rs.30 crore per financial year.
He also revealed that during the July 2009 budget session, when the question on procurement of arms and ammunition was asked, the police department had replied that “enough money had been deposited to the government armoury for procurement of arms and ammunition” but that these were “not visible till today”. He alleged that the money for MPF “was misused.”
Tokheho said that though Nagaland received the second highest allocation of fund for police next only to Assam, yet the state police force was “one of the most ill equipped force in the whole of the north east.”
He said the situation therefore demanded a “thorough probe” into how funds released by the Centre were being utilized. “Just because of a few corrupt people in high places, our jawans could not be treated as sacrificial lambs on the altar of Naxalites,” he said.
Tokheho warned that if the state government was unable to provide necessary modern arms and ammunition with modern facilities, the state government should reconsider sending the 10 IRB outside Nagaland.
He also cited the CAG report of 2008-09 wherein it indicted the DAN government for not procuring modern weaponry while satellite-based Integrated Police Communication Network, Modern Police Application System and the Forensic laboratory were not functioning. He also alleged that the police department lacked monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

 
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