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Imchen’s statement draws flak
Published on 4 Dec. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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After the NPCC took on home minister Imkong L. Imchen for his recent comments on law and order situation, more organizations have joined the bandwagon condemning his statement and seeking clarification on the matter.
The two main points attracting criticism was that Imchen had said that the government could not ask the underground factions to stop collection of money as they were in ceasefire with the government of India. The other point was Imchen’s statement that it was demoralizing for the police that the courts often grant bail and release the culprits when they were caught after much difficulty.
Joining the NPCC in criticizing the home minister, the state BJP Friday expressed surprise and dismay over Imchen’s statement suggesting that NSCN factions maintain transparency and accountability of tax collected.
BJP vice president, K. Medom Angami asked whether the NPF-led government had issued license to extort money from the public and advised the minister to maintain focus on larger interest by seeing the merits of the situation rather than vandalizing democratic sanity.
Taking on Imchen for his statement over kidnapping, extortion and tax collections, the BJP asked whether he belonged to any faction. The BJP also expressed doubts since the minister appeared to have a “soft-corner attitude” with outsider anti-social elements coming from neighbouring states. BJP said that the anti-social elements in Dimapur were carrying out kidnapping, extortion and other activities and disturbing law and order in the state. It said the word “stop” was not the solution and that the government must take effective steps against the law breakers. The BJP alleged that anti-social elements were being allowed to move freely and openly due to “government nexus.”
It has demanded that the chief minister clear the government’s stand over the statement made by home minister which undermined the sentiments of the people.
RJD: RJD Nagaland unit said it agreed with the NPCC about the failure of law and order in the state. RJD state unit president, K. Kinny, however, said that the stand taken by NPCC would have been more meaningful if the party could do away with “un-necessary quotation” referring Laloo Prasad in future. “Because Laloo Prasad and law and order problem in Nagaland has no connection and such quotation may create un-wanted friction among the peaceful party workers,” RJD said.
Dimapur Bar censures HM
Dimapur Bar association has taken exception to the statement purportedly made by Nagaland home minister Imkong L.Imchen in the presence of DGP Nagaland, blaming the judiciary for often granting bail to offenders. Imchen at a press conference November 29 last in Kohima, had reportedly said it was demoralizing for when courts often grant bail and release the culprits after they were arrested with much difficulty.
Alleging high government officials of disseminating “false and rhetoric” statement, Dimapur Bar Association president Imti Imsong and joint secretary A. Hukavi Zhimomi, asserted that under the law there were no restrictions for moving bail applications either in the case of bailable or non-bailable offences.
“Equal protection means the right to equal treatment in similar circumstances both in the privileges conferred and liabilities imposed by the law,” they contended. Pointing out that provisions, regarding bail, was laid down in sections 436 to 443 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the Bar members maintained that bail was a “matter of right” in case of bailable offences, so long as the arrested person is prepared to furnish surety.
They further went on to state that whenever necessary to detain arrested persons in custody beyond 24 hours, investigating agencies pray for police remand under section 167 Cr.PC through officer-in-charge or the investigating officer, and that only after that the police investigation is completed the accused person is forwarded to judicial custody (jail).
“Therefore, the allegation of the two state officials is nothing but rather highlighting their ignorance to the outside world,” the DBA said.
The two also asserted that such “unfounded malicious and vindictive” allegations coming from two highly placed officials only showed their ignorance. They said that such allegation was not only intolerable but also a liability to state because the state had vested them with highest responsibilities.
The DBA members said that instead of criticizing the judges or the judicial officers, the minister and DGP ought to criticize the law or at least seek to amend the law as it was.
They also urged both the minister and DGP to exercise restrain from venturing into territories without ascertaining the ups and downs of the terrain.
“No person is above the law hence it will be wise if our remarks and comments are made within the lawfully permitted perimeters,” the DBA said.

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