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Imchen’s stren warning to criminals
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Feb. 2011 12:30 AM IST
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Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen has vowed that the state government will not compromise with unlawful activities such as extortion and kidnapping and warned that those involved in such activities would be dealt with a firm hand.
Addressing a press meet Thursday in the office of the SP Dimapur, in presence of DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier, home commissioner, J. Alam, IGP (R)Thungbemo Lotha and DIG Range P.F.Zeliang, Imchen said the district administration and police were determined to enforce the rule of law in Dimapur district.
Expressing satisfaction with the performance of the Dimapur district and police in tackling the law and order situation, he also said crimes such as kidnapping and extortion were under control.
The minister described those involved in kidnapping and extortion as “criminals with dirty and crooked minds” who have no qualms in victimising innocent people and that the government would firmly deal with such offenders as “perverted minds who have no place in society.”
Sending out strong message to the individuals and organizations involved in collection of illegal taxes at check gates in national and state highways, Imchen warned that such activities will no longer be tolerated and that anyone found indulging in such crimes would face stringent punishment as per the law.
Imchen appealed to the public to extend cooperation with the district administration and police and also bear with them while they conduct operations against criminals.
Imchen also opined that lack of cooperation from public to police was due to public fear against reprisals from criminals. Despite this, Imchen said many criminals have been arrested by police as shown by the decreased crime rate.
He however admitted that in several cases of kidnap, families did not contact police and paid ransom for release of the victims.
Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Moangwati Aier stressed on the need of installation of a server to set up CCTVs at various points in order to check criminals.
Aier also disclosed that the administration and police were able to obtain nine vehicles from the state government for mobile patrolling and Quick Reaction Team enforce rule of law.
Aier further lamented that criminals who were nabbed with much difficulties and cases booked by the law enforcement agents, were often released on bail which not only demoralised the agents but even posing grave threats on their lives.
The DC said it was difficult to address the issue since the judiciary was not under the administration especially since the government had limited say over the former.
On community policing, he said only a proper attention and interest to protect one’s community would bring about positive change within the community. He said community policing which largely depended on the people and which began in Dimapur was quite successful.
ADC Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro also said that being sensitive to one’s community would bring about positive changes but that the community should take the first step, if the community policing has to be effective in the area.

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