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DCCI shutdown total and peaceful

Rows of shop at busy Circular Road shut during 6-hour bandh called by DCCI at Dimapur, Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jul 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Jul. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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All business establishments in Dimapur including Nagaland Medical Dealers Association (NMDA) and Petrol Pumps at various locations closed down their shutter from 6am to 12noon in protest against the June 30 grenade blast at a cement godown at 3rd mile, Dimapur and against rampant extortion, threats, killing and violence targeting business community in Dimapur.
The six-hour closure of shops was called by Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) and Frontal Business Organization (FBO), who took to the street and submitted a representation addressed to State Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner Dimapur. Business community numbering hundreds holding banner and placards with the message “people desire peace” and “bring the culprits to book” marched from Bata Charali to DC’s residence, condemning the grenade blast which killed one and injured three.
The representation signed by DCCI president, Hokivi Chishi appealed the state government to arrest the culprits involved and bring them to book at the earliest.
Reiterating that it would extend full cooperation to the government and law enforcing agencies on this issue, DCCI said it would be constrained to go ahead with its own programmes of protests if the district administration and police fail to take immediate action against the culprits.
The representation pointed out that business community of Dimapur has been burdened with taxations and threats by anti-social elements, in spite of paying annual taxes and other taxes to various organizations as per their demand. Later addressing media persons at its office at Ana Ki complex, Dimapur, Hokivi maintained that DCCI would be compelled to increase the market rate at any cost if the government failed to provide proper security arrangement to the business community.
He added that DMC rate control or rate fixation should not be imposed at the business community, unless the government prepares elaborate security for them. On rising prices of essential commodities, Hokivi clarified that DCCI was formed to regulate the market and to bridge a balance between the consumers and retailers.
However, while acknowledging the fact that the business community has to pay certain amount to various organizations, often leading to rise in price of essential commodities, he appealed the Consumer Society to first come forward and seek clarification on price rise from the DCCI before taking any further steps.
Citing an example, Hokivi said two transport agencies in Dimapur were shut down for failing to meet the demands of various organizations. Though the names of the agencies were not revealed, he urged the government to take up the matter seriously before it creates any unwanted situation.
Meanwhile, DCCI has thanked the police, traffic, business community, DMC, NMDA, Chumukedima Town Council, Naga Council, Purana Bazaar Ad-hoc committee and NGOs for their unflinching support during the protest on Tuesday.

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