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Vegetable crisis hits Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 21(NPN):
Published on 22 Jan. 2011 12:32 AM IST
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The commercial hub of Nagaland, has been hit with another crisis, after vegetables retailers and wholesalers refused to do business in protest against the abduction of one vegetable trader by unidentified miscreants. .
Almost all the vegetable markets in and around Dimapur, except for some vendors at Notun Bosti, remained closed, even after an ultimatum served by the business community to release the victim failed to yield any result. The crisis has been another onslaught on the consumers especially vegetarians after the prices of several vegetables went up due to varied reasons.
When asked, a retailer commented that with the entire vegetable wholesale market shut down, their supplies have ran out and were left with no option but to close down. “When there is no source from where shall we get the vegetables?” he bemoaned.
Moreover, the shutdown has once again brought black marketers into the fore in taking advantage of the varied vegetable crisis and turning a household budget for many families into an disarray.
On the other side, even the farmers and wholesalers are on the losing side with the shelf life of many vegetables being for a short duration. The end numbers of restaurant and hotels, hostels and food eateries in and around Dimapur will also be badly affected, if the present crisis continues for another day or so.
For the past few years, the business community has become the soft target of many miscreants who have been kidnapping solely for ransom and making it another ‘thriving business.’
The kidnapping of businessman like Hariram Gupta has also shown that it is not just the small time traders who have become the targets of miscreants. Though police have largely solved many cases yet it is grappling with the challenge of how to prevent crimes in Dimapur, which has earned a dubious distinction as the ‘crime capital of the state’.
DCC demands culprits’ arrest
Strongly condemning the abduction of a trader Jiyalal Prasad (vegetable wholesaler) by unidentified miscreants January 19, the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce (DCC) has urged the law enforcing agencies to activate their “intelligence mechanism” to rescue the victim and book culprits soon in the larger interest of Dimapur citizens.
The DCC cautioned that business community would not just remain silent but would resort to own course of action if authorities failed to take immediate action for the safe release of the abducted businessman.
Maintaining that it was appalled by the abduction, the DCC in a statement issued Friday said: “What is more shocking is that the businessman is a physically challenged man and causing more harm to such a person by unscrupulous people for want of money is highly condemnable,”
Meanwhile, the DCC, and its subsidiaries, further appealed to those responsible for abduction to release the businessman unharmed.
Jiyalal was abducted by unidentified miscreants from Dhobi Nala area while he was walking towards his shop at Murgi Patti on January 19 at around 6:30 a.m.
The kidnappers reportedly arrived in a Maruti car and abducted him. The driver of the vehicle was a non-local, sources said.

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