Chakhro Angami Kuda Union (CAKU) has expressed serious concern on the extortion bid and related harassment perpetrated by some unidentified miscreants in the name of FGN, Ministry of Chaplee on one of its advisors and senior member, V. Sekhose, IAS (Rtd), beginning from March 19 till the arrest of Ihoto Aye and ‘ss’ Sgt Vito Yeptho of FGN by the police on March 22.
The union stated the matter was informed by the victim himself stating that on March 19, the two unidentified persons claiming to be from FGN, came to his house and handed over two receipts and demanded Sekhose’s wife to `30,000 as ‘tax’ for their two JCB machines.
The union stated the amount was not paid since Sekhose was in Kohima on the said day. Nevertheless, the union said that every subsequent day, two or three other unidentified miscreants were sent to the victim’s residence to demand the money.
After the matter was reported to the police one Ihoto Aye and Vito Yeptho were caught by the police on March 22 at the residence of the victim around 7.30am, it said.
The union further stated that immediately after the arrest of the two, three other unidentified persons came to the victim’s residence to enquire about the arrest of ‘their brothers’ from his residence. The union further disclosed that one of them called up over phone claming to be finance secretary of FGN informing that the two arrested was his men but were demanding money without Azha from their government.
According to the union, the caller requested the victim to withdraw the complaint lodged with the police, assuring the victim that their government will initiate appropriate action against the culprits.
CAKU also stated that the caller who later identified himself as Bokhato, secretary, FGN rang up directing the victim to go to the police station to release the two arrested persons and even asked him to pay `10,000 to the concerned CC to immediately release them and threatened the victim that he would have to bear all the expenditures required for the release of the arrested.
On the same evening, the union said two unidentified persons, one claiming to be the father of one of the culprits, came to the victim’s residence with a pre-drafted ‘Compromise letter’ and asked him sign on it. However CAKU added that the victim refused to sign the said letter, stating the matter was now at the discretion of the police.
The following day, the victim received another phone call from someone claiming to be a ‘Captain’, asking him as to why he has not signed on the ‘Compromise Letter’, the union said.
In this regard, CAKU president, K. Medom and general secretary, Zhasa Vüprü cautioned that if any untoward incident happened to the victim and his family members in near future, those who claim themselves to be involved with the incident would be held liable and answerable to the CAKU.