Editorial

Outlaw town

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/21/2018 11:30:24 AM IST

 Recent incidents in Dimapur – firing of shot as an ATM Booth and two cases kidnap etc- confirm that criminals continue to pose grave threats to life and security of the public as such blatant acts expose the activities of gunmen and crime syndicates. The police in Dimapur is doing its best and given the circumstances under which the uniform personnel are made to function, the arrests and seizures can be described as excellent. Police however, face the reality of habitual and hard core offenders being let off either through bail or through acquittal. There is a gap between investigation and conviction and this has to be resolved in the larger interest of peace and justice. Since around a decade ago, citizens of Dimapur have vehemently protested against rampant and illegal collections, starting from check gates to various places within Dimapur . They have held rallies demanding immediate action against all forms of illegal collections. That time a political functionary, almost justified such activities by terming them as politically-related incidents and not crimes. Whether this bizarre explanation was a quid pro quo to pander to the whims of powerful armed groups or was it a classic case of willful ignorance, insensitivity and insensibility? Otherwise also, the very fact that no elected leader(s) has/have spoken out or echoed their sentiments or pain raised by the public at various rallies probably points to a nexus. Today no entrepreneur can start any venture because the market is already organized into syndicate systems. The presence of too many sharks in the entire system can be explained to the common denominator - illegal demands for money. The monthly multi-crore rupee extortion industry in Dimapur has certainly catapulted those involved, as the nouveau riche, to undreamt of wealth. These illegal collections are done by as many groups with various ‘objectives’ or whatever ideals but unfortunately the makeup of society is such that leaders refuse to call a spade a spade for whatever reasons. The manipulation and control of market is done by syndicates under which free and fair trade has no place. This newspaper has written reams on the problem since early 90s but there has been no political will to rid society of these menaces. Unscrupulous persons, well versed in market system have remote controlled syndicates. This indicates that offenders also include some sections of society. As written in this column earlier, a suggestion made by a lawyer during the public rally in Dimapur on October 31,2018 found resonance among the beleaguered law enforcement agencies, who felt that the suggestion to elected members to enact an anti-crime act like the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) was the need of the day. Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) is a law enacted by Maharashtra state in India in 1999 to combat organized crime and terrorism. MCOCA was seen as a means to deal with the organized mafia and other syndicate crimes including abduction, killings and terrorism. Police have been given wide powers to confront the menace of organized crime and where there is no provision for anticipatory bail for six months to the accused. Maharashtra and states which have adopted stringent acts have largely succeeded in putting criminals on the run. This is a hard choice to bring back fear of the law in people.

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