Nagaland Police prepared to take up law & order responsibilities: DG

Nagaland Police prepared to take up law & order responsibilities: DG
(C) TJ Longkumer addressing the media on Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/14/2022 12:54:27 PM IST

Nagaland Police is prepared to play its role in shouldering any responsibility in maintaining law and order in view of suspension of operations by Indian Army and Assam Rifles in the state against the backdrop of the Oting incidents.

Addressing mediapersons at the Police Complex, Chümoukedima Friday after a high-level meeting of senior police officers, DGP TJ Longkumer said the force was prepared to take up any role accorded to it.

The high-level security meet was attended by several senior police officers, including additional DG additional DGPs-- Renchamo P. Kikon (Adm), Sandeep M Tamgadge (law & order), inspectors general (IGs), additional IGs (AIGs), commissioner of police (CP)Dimapur, senior superintendent of police, Kohima, etc.

He also emphasised that the police was particularly focussed in taking up required steps to maintain law and order in Dimapur and throughout the state in general. 

The DGP said additional police force will be deployed in Dimapur district adding “We are here to strengthen the hands of Commissioner of Police, Dimapur.”

Longkumer claimed that the overall law & order situation had improved in Dimapur and that a “quite a lot” had been achieved by the police. But he assured that security would be reinforced with more checking, frisking and focus on drunken driving, and that Dimapur Police would be strengthened further in light of Dimapur being divided into three districts. 

Unlike in Kohima where funds for installing CCTVs have been made available under Smart City Project, he remarked no such fund was unfortunately available for Dimapur. Nonetheless, he claimed CCTVs were being installed under minor works head and other sources.

But, he acknowledged the need of more CCTV coverage in the State’s commercial hub.

He said he was seized of the requirements and would approach the State government after going back to Kohima.

He also disclosed that the meeting held serious discussions over many issues, including provisioning of troops, transfers of capable officers in sensitive areas, etc so that “we are operationally ready and we don’t fail.” He stressed that police were focussed and committed to ensure the objectives were met.

With the carving out of two new districts-Chümoukedima and Niuland- the DGP said the meeting also discussed the new chain of command, police strength and the requirements of DCP Chümoukedima and DCP Niuland.

On the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) preliminary report, Longkumer said the court would take cognisance of it but details could not be revealed because of the way the legal system worked.

He however said that the investigation by SIT on ground was over and only forensic and ballistic test reports were awaited, after which the final report would be compiled and submitted to the court. 

Meanwhile, Tamgadge, who supervised the SIT, said the mandate of SIT was only the December 4 incident at Oting. He pointed out that a second FIR was lodged at Mon police station over the December 5 incident at the district headquarters and that a separate district-level team had been constituted to investigate the offence that day.

The ADG mentioned that the army team involved in the Oting incident was now attached with the Court of Inquiry (CoI) team constituted to investigate the incident. 

Asked why the erring army personnel had still not been suspended, he said ‘the term suspension was used only in civil administration’. According to Tamgadge “Attachment to court of inquiry means they’re unavailable for any active operation as of now.” 

He mentioned that the SIT had examined army personnel who were part of the unit involved with the operation team that day.

Asked why army personnel allegedly involved in the Oting incident accompanied the court of inquiry team that visited the site of incident, Tamgadge replied that he would not comment because that was beyond the purview of SIT. 

He reiterated that a senior officer has been assigned the task of coordinating and requesting forensic science laboratories (FSL) in Guwahati and Hyderabad to expedite the tests.

Mentioning that police headquarters too had requested FSLs to share their report expeditiously, he however remarked that a timeline could not be fixed.

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