CAKU, BAN denounce ‘tax’ demand on motor dealer

DIMAPUR, MAY 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/20/2020 1:22:15 PM IST

Chakhro Angami Kuda Union(CAKU) including Business Association of Nagas (BAN) have expressed strong condemnation over the “tax” demand served on the proprietor of T.K service/Progressive Motors Dimapur by cadres of a Naga National Political Group (NNPG) including threat to close down the business if the taxation demands were not met.

CAKU: Chakhro Angami Kuda Union (CAKU)though its president Zelhou Ziekhrü and general secretary Thejangulie Angami, expressed pain that “ the so-called national workers under different banners, have issued several demand letter in the name of yearly taxation to a prominent businessman “ the Progressive Motors at Darogapathar village Dimapur”.

CAKU said the exorbitant amount charged by the faction was beyond expectation and that the verbal threat on the dealer served by a particular faction-NSCN(Unification) had forced Progressive Motors “to close yesterday.”

CAKU mentioned that while the entire country under lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economy of every individual, “ the forceful demand of taxation imposed on the business community, is very unfortunate”. The union therefore condemned the action of “so-called Naga nationalist” for forcefully imposing such act against citizens.

 Pointing out that this was not the first time that such a threat had been issued to the owner, the union observed that the respect shown by him and the business community in general to Naga nationalist groups have emboldened them and anti-social elements.

Asserting that intimidation to Naga citizens irrespective of their tribes by armed groups was not acceptable, CAKU threatened that it will denounce such groups working against the interests of their own people “as anti-Naga”.  CAKU further warned that if any untoward incident happened to any family member of Progressive Motors or staff, the particular faction would be held solely responsible. CAKU also said it would not shy away from declaring non-cooperation against that particular faction in any manner deemed fit for the welfare of innocent citizens.

Appealing to all right thinking citizens to condemn such act by national workers, CAKU also urged the law enforcing agencies in the State to remain vigilant and curb all sorts of extortion and illegal activities that directly or indirectly put lives of members of business community and ordinary citizens in danger.

BAN: Business Association of Nagas(BAN) through it media cell mentioned that the proprietor TK Angami, is a well known and veteran businessman, employing about 270 people in his establishments. 

BAN strongly condemned “this inhumanly act of demanding this “so called tax” when the entire country was under lockdown. It said that businesses have been affected very badly in the last few months especially the automobile sector. 

Instead of giving “some words of brotherly encouragement” in such a difficult situation, BAN said threatening a fellow Naga was uncalled for.

The association has urged upon the governor of Nagaland to advice NNPGs against issuing threats and collection of illegal tax. 

BAN also appealed to all NNPGs to spare the business community in such difficult times as Naga businesses were yet to recover from the impact of COVID-19.



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