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Govt firm against extortion: HM, co-operation and swift information important factor
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Sep. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen affirmed that the state government was firm on tackling extortion especially in Dimapur and urged the business community and the public to voluntarily report such illegal activities taking place to the law enforcing agencies.
Addressing a joint meeting of the district administration, police and the Dimapur Municipal Council on the menace of extortion in Dimapur at DC’s conference hall on Saturday, he said, “Co-operation and swift information needs to be initiated in reporting such menace so that prompt action could be initiated by the concerned law enforcing agencies.”
Commenting on reports of open illegal taxation from various underground factions such as NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN, FGN, NNC and other outside underground factions being carried out in Dimapur, Imchen said that the state government would take stringent action and would arrest anyone involved in such extortion activities.
He said that the district administration and police should not depend solely on public information since they have mechanism placed to find and investigate such illegal activities taking place in the district.
The home minister asked the administration and the police to use all means installed to tackle such situation and deal with such activities with a firm hand be it factions, unions or organizations.
Imchen also said that the public should come forward to file FIRs so that police could initiate immediate action and urged them to do away with fear psychosis. He said everyone’s participation was required to tackle extortion.
On extortion taking place around New Field check gate area, the home minister said the state government would be initiating new action plan.
On traffic congestion in Dimapur, Imchen suggested that the DMC being the local government should issue a standing order for the upcoming new construction in and around Dimapur town to make mandatory parking lot at the ground floor with the mutual understanding of the district administration and the house owners.
ADC Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro who chaired the meeting said, for prompt action against extortion menace, public should come forward and be courageous in giving necessary information to the district administration and the police.
SP Dimapur, Z. Mero was also of the same opinion that for police to take action, co-operation from all quarters was essential.
DMC chief advisor, Er. Keditsü stressed on the security concern for the public to come forward as there was risk involved. He urged the state government to install a system to tackle such menace in Dimapur.
Another DMC advisor added that consultative meeting with various factions based in Nagaland on this issue might help in tackling the extortion as the top leaders of the factions were involved in issuing such orders to collect taxes from the public.
DMC advisor, Tokheli Kikon appealed the home minister to re-establish the police station at Purana Bazar which she asserted would help the public of the area in tackling unlawful activities. It may be mentioned that the police station (Urban PS) in Purana bazaar was removed in the early 1990s.
ASP Dimapur I.Sungit Longkumer urged the business community and the public to come forward in filing the FIRs so that police could take immediate action.

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