KOHIMA, APR 8 (NPN): Two armed miscreants reportedly attempted to rob at gun point at the directorate of health and family welfare department, Kohima Friday afternoon.
According to police source, two miscreants claiming themselves to be from the FGN (Peace camper) entered the office of the principal director and demanded 5 % share out of Rs 18 crore which it claimed to know that the department had recently withdrawn.
When the principal director reportedly denied any knowledge about the alleged withdrawal and expressed helplessness to meet their demand, the duo left and then entered the DDO’s chamber. Making the same claim, the miscreants told the DDO that they have met the principal director who had directed him to pay the amount. Upon refusal and in the process of argument, the miscreants pulled out a pistol and pointed on the head of the DDO and threatened him.
The commotion by then had attracted other employees in the adjacent rooms who started coming out forcing the miscreants to flee. Interestingly, it was learnt that the security personnel from the State Home Guard were present on duty at the time of the incident. However, they were not aware of the incident or been informed.
Meanwhile, police on receiving information about
one hour later rushed to the spot and also conducted search in the entire area to locate and nab the culprits but they could not be found or identities established.
Closure on April 11
Meanwhile, condemning the incident, the officers and staffs of the directorate of health & family welfare have decided to observe one-day token closure of the directorate office on the April 11.
The Nagaland In Service Doctors Association and Directorate Ministerial Staff Association have urged all right thinking and civilised societies to condemn such act. They appealed to all groups of national workers to come out clean and not to resort to such extreme form of threat so as to ensure peaceful co-existence among the Naga brothers.
Reports said that the minister for H&FW, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu had assuring all out support to the officers saying, “the department would not cow down before such anti-social elements.”
The minister also assured to take up the case with the home minister and the DGP.
Following the incident, the department has lodged an FIR with Kohima police, it was reported.
The department officials have further resolved to review the situation after the Monday directorate protest shut down and take necessary actions till such time the miscreants are brought to book.