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Jewellery shops protest closure against extortions

Jewellery dealers demonstrate how the miscreants weighed one Tola (right) against 10 grams (left) of precious metals. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Nov 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Nov. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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Extortion in Dimapur has become rampant with various elements preying on helpless trading and business houses causing grave apprehensions across the length and breadth of the commercial hub of Nagaland.
On Tuesday, the Dimapur Jewellery Shops owners decided to close for two days in protest against rampant extortions by unidentified miscreants during the past week.
The decision was taken at a meeting held in Millennium Market, Marwari Patti, Dimapur called by G.S Road Business Association.
More than Rs.64,500 in cash and valuables worth around Rs.69,970 were extorted from jewelry shops at various locations of Dimapur during the past week. One jewellery shop owner sustained head injury when he refused to give in to the demand.
Talking to this Reporter, at Tuesday’s meeting, jewelry shop owners said miscreants barge their way inside shops on the pretext of checking the weighing scales/machines. They would then weigh one Tola (used as standard weight for precious metals like gold, silver etc, weighing 11,664 milligrams) against 10 grams (weighing 10,000 milligrams). As one Tola turned is heavier than 10 gram weight the miscreants would then accuse them of cheating and impose heavy fines.
The businessman who was injured on the head with a pistol butt disclosed that, on November 9 at around 5.30 pm, three miscreants barged inside his shop located at Westyard colony on the pretext of checking the weighing machine. One miscreant hit him with a pistol butt on the head when he tried to explain the matter fired a blank before taking away Rs.1500 in cash no valuables were found.
Another jewellery shop owner (Shiv Shankar Jewellery) located at Westyard colony also revealed that on November 15 some 10 to 15 miscreants with pistols and grenades entered the shop and looted Rs.20,000 in cash and other valuables such as gold, silver. On November 13, Maya Nepali Jewellery shop located at Half Nagarjan was looted of Rs.6000. Another businessman was assaulted on November 13 around 5 pm after the miscreants accused him of buying stolen valuables from customers.
On the previous day November 12, Sumeer Jewellery shop at Westyard was looted by three miscreants off Rs.10,000 in cash along with valuables worth Rs.60,000. Another shop owner of Priyanka jewelry located at New Market was extorted of Rs.7,000 along with jewelleries worth Rs.9,970 around 5.30 pm on the same day.
The miscreants also looted Rs.5000 in cash along with some valuables from Vishwakarma jewelry shop owner at Kalibari road.
On November 7, a shop owner (Darjeeling Jewellery) located at NL Road was looted of Rs.7,000 in cash when three miscreants checked the weighing machine and accused the owner of cheating customers. A jewellery shop (Santoshi Maa) was also extorted of Rs.8,000 by miscreants.
Meanwhile, the G.S Road Business Association has appeal to the DC and SP Dimapur to provide adequate security as rampant extortion is taking place especially on businessmen and traders of Dimapur.
The Association said those indulging in such activities pose as national workers of various factions. The Association has appealed to various outfits to check such illegal activities in Dimapur town as the business people are faced with rising demands especially with the onset of Christmas season.
The Association has also provided a list of money extorted from various jewelry shops in Dimapur during the past week:
Shiv Shankar Jewellery Shop Rs.20,000; Darjeeling Brother Rs.7000; Maya Nepali Jewellery Shop Rs.6000; Alonkar Jewellery Rs.1500; Vishwakarma Jewellery Shop Rs.5000; Sumeer Jewellery Shop Rs.10,000 in cash +Rs.60,000 worth in valuables; Priyanka Jewellery Shop Rs.7000 in cash + Rs.9,970 worth in valuables; Santoshi Maa Jewellery Rs.8000.

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