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Extra ordinary situation in the State Police: HM
Correspondent Kohima, Jun 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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With Nagaland Police virtually heading for crisis with eminent acute shortage of senior officers manpower to man PHQ after some few years, the state government had reportedly requested the Ministry of Home Affair to extend the service of some of the existing senior police officers of the state.
According to market talk doing the rounds, the state government had reportedly approached MHA for extension of service for a period of one year for incumbent DGP, K. Kire, DG Prison, O. Alem, ADG, L. Thechamo IPS and ADGP (adm), ST Sangtam.
Present DGP K. Kire is due to retire by the end of this year while DG Prison O. Alem will be retiring in 2013 and both ADG Thechamo and ADGP (adm) ST Sangtam are due to retirement in 2014.
Following their retirement, there will be no qualified senior officer from the state cadre to man the PHQ. When contacted, DGP, K. Kire, chief secretary Lalthara, home commissioner and also home minister Imkong L. Imchen denied of having any such knowledge of the state government sending request to the MHA.
The home minister, however, admitted that there’s extra ordinary situation in the present top police officers level. With all the existing senior most Naga police officers due to retire by 2014, there would be acute shortage of officers to man the PHQ.
He pointed out that as per police manual, for an IPS officer to become IGP and DGP requires 27-30 years of service. However, none of the existing officers at the lower rank will not be qualified to hold the posts by then, he said and welcome if MHA could consider such extension of service saying that it will be very good for the Naga officers.
Reacting to a query on the opposition Congress charge over the prevailing law and order situation in the state, Imchen simply claimed that people of Nagaland were living in peaceful condition having no law and order problem in the state. He, however, said he agreed that in Congress there’s so much of law and order problem in the party after getting series of electoral defeat from the NPF.
“Even their party decision to expel (former PCC president I. Imkong) was revoked by the AICC and thereby there is disunity so much that there is total breakdown of law and order situation in the Congress party in Nagaland.” Imchen said.
He went on to say that Congress did not know to whom they should talk for what for which they have no option but to blame him.
“I pity on them (NPCC)”, Imchen said and appealed to the Naga people not to mix up the law and order problem in the Congress party with general law and order in the state. Reenacting his old statement, Imchen stated that he was not interested to conduct any running argument with opposition Congress party and make them more popular because the Congress did not deserve to avail this luxury.

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