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Business shutdown in Dimapur, indefinite closure till govt. assures security : DCC

Wide angle shows business establishments around Plaza Junction Dimapur downed shutters Saturday for an indefinite period called by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce against extortion, abduction etc. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Nov 27(NPN):
Published on 28 Nov. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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All shops and business establishments in Dimapur downed shutters from Saturday for an indefinite period as mark of protest against rampant extortion on business and trade including kidnap of businessmen by miscreants highlighted by Thursday’s abduction of a prominent businessman of Dimapur.
Vehicles and pedestrians were exempt including banks, financial institutions and offices. So far there has been no word from the authorities and state government on the demand of the business community under the banner of the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce.
Shops and business firms remain closed on Monday for the silent procession and if there is no resolution, the bandh closure could further extend for more days till the government responds.
Dimapur chamber of commerce (DCC) President Kasheto Yepthomi has reiterated that business community would continue with indefinite bandh and silent procession on Monday.
“Even though the victim Hariram Gupta has been released the business community will go ahead with the bandh and silent procession since it was not called for him but for the cause of the business community facing rampant extortion and kidnapping in Dimapur”, he said while speaking to Nagaland Post over phone.
DCC president also disclosed that meeting with business community has been convened on Sunday to deliberate on the ongoing bandh. In a press release, the DCC reiterated that the November 26 resolution by all business organizations of Dimapur, for an indefinite bandh will continue despite the release of the kidnapped businessman Hariram Gupta on Friday night.
The DCC said its members were of the view that unless the business community receive assurance of security and prompt response from the government, the bandh will not be lifted.
DCC said several organizations have extended support such as Purana Bazar Ad Hoc Town Committee which has also decided to keep all shops within its area closed.
Further, the DCC, informed that a silent procession will be held on November 29, Monday beginning from Old Delux Point to the DC’s Office where a memorandum would be handed over to the DC Dimapur.
DCC has requested all NGOs, organizations and businessmen to reach Old Deluxe Point by 8.30 a.m. and to bring placards along for the silent procession that will start at 9 a.m. DCC members would also meet with the Governor, chief minister, home minister and DGP to submit the memorandum.
With festive season knocking at the door and weddings already in full swing, closure of shops and business houses at such a juncture would create much problem, said one event planner while talking to this reporter.
Condemnations on abduction of businessman
DIMAPUR, NOV 27 (NPN): Several parties and organisations Saturday continued to condemn the abduction of a trader in Dimapur, who was abducted by four armed men November 25 and released November 26 night purportedly after paying huge ransom.
Flaying the abduction, the GPRN/NSCN said the latest abduction of one Hariram Gupta came as a huge disappointment to business community and the general public.
“The criminal act is an indication that there will always be elements in the society who will commit despicable acts to fulfill their wicked ambitions,” stated a release from MIP, GPRN/NSCN.
Stating that it totally condemned the shameful abduction, the GPRN/NSCN urged authorities to track down the perpetrators of the crime.
“As and when asked, GPRN/NSCN will offer fullest co-operation to the administration in their effort to book the culprits,” it assured.
The GPRN/NSCN has also directed all its central and regional authorities to be on their toes against criminals and imposters who tarnish its image.
NSF condemns
Naga Students Federation (NSF) Saturday, condemning the kidnapping of a trader, said such unwarranted action carried out to exploit the normal functioning of business by impostor was unbecoming and unacceptable.
Expressing its solidarity with Dimapur business community, the NSF appealed to the law enforcing agency to be cautious and vigilant round the clock.
It also reminded all political groups to direct and control every personnel in their respective jurisdiction to refrain from indulging in such ‘discarded activities”.
MCCI condemns
Expressing solidarity with Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and various other business associations in calling indefinite bandh against rampant extortion and frequent kidnapping incident of businessmen, the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce (MCCI) said business communities in Dimapur were facing such kind of problems from time to time and nothing has been done by the state security agencies.
“This resentment by the business community should be taken as an eye opener for the government as well as the people of the state who seems to be least bothered by the problem faced by the business fraternity of the whole state,” a MCCI release said.
TTWUD condemns
Timber Traders’ Welfare Union Dimapur (TTWUD) while condemning the kidnapping of Hariram Gupta affirmed to cooperate with the call of the DCC to participate in the ‘silent procession’ November 29 at Dimapur.
With regard to this, the TTWUD has called upon all its members to join hands with the members of business community to protest against the abduction.
Appealing to all citizens to keep vigil on the movement of anti-social elements and work collectively to curb such menace, the union urged those responsible to avoid such act and form a “logistic approach” that was acceptable to all.
Meanwhile, the Dimapur District Auto Drivers’ Union and Dimapur Sumi Students’ Union have also condemned the kidnapping. The unions, in separate releases issued here, urged upon law enforcing authorities to book the culprits at the earliest and also to beef up security in the district for safety of businessmen in Dimapur and in the state.
Abducted released Friday
Dimapur, Nov 27(NPN): Dimapur businessman Hariram Gupta who was kidnapped by some unknown miscreants on Thursday near Walfords area, was released Friday and returned home at around 9.30 p.m. according to sources. The sources disclosed that the victim was released only after his relatives paid a huge ransom of around Rs.5 crore but this could not be confirmed.
When contacted, police officials refused to divulge any information on the identity of the group responsible on the plea that it might hamper investigations.
There is considerable speculation about the kidnap since business houses were known to be regularly paying ‘tax’ to various factions. Some reports suggest it to be the handiwork of former members of an armed outfit from outside Nagaland who executed the kidnap in collusion with some local associates.
Officials said the greatest danger posed to society came from renegade gangs whose members once belonged to various militant outfits within and outside Nagaland.

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