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GPRN/NSCN plea to Bar Associations
Published on 1 Mar. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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GPRN/NSCN has appealed to the Nagaland Bar Association and Dimapur Bar Association not to allow any law firm or law practitioners under them to represent the duo involved in the kidnapping of businessman Hariram Gupta on November 25, 2010.
The GPRN/NSCN said Jacob alias Sevitao (44) and Romeo Poumai (33) both from Senapati, Manipur who admitted of their involvement in the kidnapping, were preparing a legal team to seek bail. In this regard, the GPRN/NSCN through its MIP has appealed to lawyer (s) who have been approached to represent the two accused to understand the gravity of the crime vis-à-vis the predicament of business community.
“Beyond this public appeal, any lawyer attempting to seek bail for these two accused shall be considered as aiding and abetting criminals in the Naga society and therefore necessary action shall be initiated,” it cautioned.
It said that the two, having recovered only a fraction of the ransom amount to the police, were preparing a legal team to seek bail utilizing the remaining ransom amount. GPRN/NSCN said it has endeavoured to clamp down on the kidnapping of businessmen for ransom which has been crippling Naga society. The GPRN/NSCN, therefore, said at a time when business community was being terrorized by kidnappers and anti-social elements, it would tantamount to approving kidnappers to come out of jail and continue from where they left if these criminals were not punished for their crime.
“These criminals are a menace to business community in particular and Naga society in general,” it said and appealed the bar associations to understand the case.

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