PAC serves deadline for enacting law to curb crime

DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 1:09:29 PM IST

Public Action Committee (PAC) of Naga Council Dimapur has served an ultimatum on the state government till August 31, to initiate an anti-crime act similar to the “Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)” or the “Goonda Act’ to control organised crime rampant in Nagaland and warned that failure to do so would compel it to initiate action in the form of protest till its demand was met.

This was contained in a representation addressed to Governor R.N. Ravi, stated PAC convenor V. Nyekha and secretary Hilo Semp. They said this was resolved at the June 25 meeting of the PAC held in Dimapur.

PAC regretted that with gradual relaxation of lockdown when business was “slowly limping back to normalcy” and when police were deployed for COVID-19 duties, “various NPGs, have taken undue advantage and started random illegal collection” from all and sundry “through threats and intimidations.” PAC pointed out that the business community and transport agencies were most affected as they had to pay taxes to nine or ten groups and ultimately the taxes had to be borne by the consumers and public. 

PAC said collection of money in the name of NPGs have tripled after cease fire, as it has emboldened them. In this regard, PAC said the cease fire has instead “granted license to NPGs and anti-social elements to act with impunity.” PAC said these elements have no fear of the law as Dimapur city is being run by “organised thugs with guns and protected by the cease fire and peace talk.” 

While expressing deep appreciation of the concern shown by Governor to the plight of the public by taking up the matter with the state government, PAC urged Ravi who is also Interlocutor of the government of India for Naga talks, to conclude the ongoing Naga issue through an honourable solution without further delay. They said solution was an urgency since the problem was directly linked with Naga peace talks and as public were the worst affected.



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