Police, AR to jointly combat extortions

Police, AR to jointly combat extortions
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jan 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/12/2020 12:17:37 PM IST

Joint patrols, MVCPs to be conducted

Construction of the four-lane on NH 29 between Dimapur to Kohima has been unjustifiably slow pushing the project much behind schedule, with hardly any significant progress since 2017. 

A review of the progress of the works- under 14 packages of 845.745 Kms (by NHIDCL) and four projects of 132.59 Kms (by state government under North East Council fund) was held on January 10  at Chumoukedima. 

At the meeting attended by chief secretary, DGP, addl. chief secretary, commissioner, home commissioner, commissioner & secretary (W&H), Engineer-in-chief, chief engineer, NHDCIL and contractors, it was revealed that illegal extortion by over half a dozen armed groups has severely jeopardised the progress of road works.

In the light of the stated facts, Nagaland Governor R.N.Ravi signalled that it was time to take the bull by the horns,  so as to remove the biggest obstacles- rampant extortion by elements from various underground factions- in order to ensure  early completion of the four-lane construction project.

Accordingly, the Governor has directed the director general of police (DGP) and inspector general of Assam Rifles- North (IGAR-N) to” take the most stringent actions against such elements and their patrons”.

 In view of the directive on DGP, the ADCP/PRO of the Dimapur Police Commissionerate announced that the joint team of police and para-military/CAPF forces will check illegal extortion.

 According to the ADCP/PRO, the joint force will conduct joint patrols, MVCPs and also provide joint escorts to transport convoys. PRO appealed to the general public for necessary co-operation and provided numbers that could be contacted for any assistance. (See table)

At the January 10 meeting, the Governor also directed the DGP to set up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for registration and investigation of all cases against such elements and to constitute a Highway Construction Protection Force “to firmly deal with such elements and provide security to road construction personnel”. 

Significantly, the Governor also decided to hold monthly review of the progress and security of the road projects.

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