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Criminal gangs prowl Dimapur
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Apr 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Dimapur is living up to is dubious distinction as a crime-ridden city of the state with numerous reports of extortion, kidnap and robberies even as police grapple with trying to do their best in a worst situation.
According to police sources, gangs appear to have sprouted due to proliferation of guns and free movement of criminals from other states. Presence of inter-state gangs has also been reported in several cases that have come to light.
On Tuesday, a widow was robbed of the little cash she saved as school fee for her child. One of the three criminals snatched her necklace and forcibly took away her bangles which were the only valuables she possessed. The three had earlier gone to the place twice but the gate was locked. However the widow opened the gate as they claimed they were from the 9 IRB at Chattisgarh and known to her son.
Later after gaining entry, one of them whipped up a pistol and demanded the key of the new bike. However the owner/son who gone out of station, also took the key with him. Then other non-local among them, claimed they were from the NSCN(I-M) and were investigating reports that widow was involved in making counterfeit currency.
One of them ransacked the entire house but found nothing. They took away Rs.1000 from the handbag, which was saved for paying the child’s school fee.
Frustrated with their bad luck, the non local holding the gun, then snatched the necklace and forcibly removed the bangles from the widow.
The three had gone to the house, located by the side of the road on a bike that had certain markings.
Residents said it was not the first time that miscreants blatantly barge into their homes in the late evenings and early mornings and take away whatever they find in cash or valuables.
Earlier, a few days back, an auto driver sped off with a minor child who had been left while the parents were shopping by the roadside. Traffic personnel on duty were informed but by the time it was too late. The fate of the girl is not know at the time of filing this report. Daylight robberies are also becoming as common as vehicle thefts in Dimapur.
Police believe that inter-state gangs are becoming active and the open border has allowed free movement. The question is whether people should lock themselves inside while criminals roam freely without fear? With police stretched and pressures exerted on them, crime fighting in Dimapur has become a serious problem.

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