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CRPF refutes report
Published on 15 Jan. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has denied the report that there was extortion taking place at NH-29 (erstwhile NH-39) from Manipur trucks, which were plying from Dimapur to Imphal under their escort.
“With CRPF escort no truck driver has ever met or given any amount to any Naga underground group till date,” a handout released by CRPF, DIG (ops), Kohima P.M. Ramalingam stated.
An Imphal-based news agency report, which was published in a local daily January 10, quoted truck driver as saying that extortion and illegal taxes take place right under the nose of the accompanying CRPF escorts.
As per the duties and directions the CRPF has been escorting FCL/IOCL/NRL/ other trucks carrying essential commodities since July 27, 2010. The CRPF DIG (ops) also said the convoy usually starts at around 2 a.m. from Dimapur and reaches Mao gate between 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
En route, the DIG (ops) said the convoy stops only at police check posts i.e near Patkai college, Lalmati, Phisema and Khuzama, adding that Nagaland police makes entries of the vehicles at check posts.
“However, as mentioned in news report, no Naga underground group has ever spotted en route and nobody has ever come nearby the trucks,” said P.M. Ramalingam.
The CRPF officer also noted except with the news report no truck driver/IOCL/FCL/authorities have ever reported on the matter.

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