State police highlight achievements

State police highlight achievements
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 1:09:28 PM IST

 95% of criminal cases registered as suo-moto FIRs

Close on the heels of the letter of the Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi addressed to the chief minister, which was widely publicised even by the national media, in which he expressed deep concern at the collapse of the law and order machinery in the state; IGP (Range) Limasunep Jamir, IPS held a press briefing at the PHQ Friday afternoon. The IGP (R) said he was directed by DGP Nagaland to address the press on emerging issues as Nagaland even as it has begun a phase-wise unlocking and at a time when “anti-social elements” were taking advantage of the fragile situation.

In his presentation, Limasunep disclosed that of the total number of cases registered against armed elements/underground, extortion-related cases made up a majority of the offences. 

Further, the IGP(R) also affirmed that Nagaland police will continue to carry out its mandated duty against extortion relentlessly irrespective of various Under Ground (UG) groups, Over Ground Sympathizers (OGS)/anti-social elements masquerading as various UG groups. 

Limasunep highlighted action initiated by the police on anti-extortion measures against various UG factions. He cited statistics of the past five years where a total of 893 criminal cases was registered and a total of 1238 persons of various UG factions arrested for involvement in various crimes like violation of Arms Act, Explosive Act, Murder, offence against the state, abduction and kidnapping for ransom, NSR, extortion and robbery.

Dimapur: The IGP (R) said in Dimapur alone 507 cases was registered against extortionists in the last five years while 723 extortionists were arrested by Dimapur police. He said in Kohima,there were more than 105 cases registered and 126 extortionists arrested. 

Limasunep also disclosed that based on intelligence inputs on presence of some NSCN (YA) group around Kohima, a team carried out multiple operations.

He said on June 11 a hard-core extortionist was arrested and on June 16 his accomplice, also a hard-core extortionists was also arrested. On June 17, one of the absconding accused was arrested. He also gave the details of the sequence of the June 23 incident when two persons were confronted by Kohima police. He said one was arrested while the other succumbed to bullet injury.

On June 24, during a joint operation conducted by Assam Rifles and Nagaland Police, four persons of NSCN (Khango) were arrested and arms, extortion slips and ammunitions recovered.

In a stout defence of the police working under trying circumstances, Limasunep highlighted that in extortion cases, more than 95% were registered suo-motu (no formal complaint lodged by the aggrieved party against the extortionist). He said this went on to show the initiative and pro-activeness of the police and the security forces where maximum of the extortion cases have been registered and arrests made.

The IGP (R) said when extortion victims refuse to lodge complain, it “stabs at the heart of the criminal justice system” since the victims do not find it as part of their duty and responsibility to file a formal complaint in a police station to share the facts and circumstances of crime. He said this only encouraged and emboldened criminals, when the victims become pliant and submit to such illegal demands, without reporting the matter to the police. 

The IGP (R) also credited Nagaland Police for not under reporting on cases or non-registration of cases . He said police stations were prompt in taking cognisance of any complaints that came as there were enough supervisory officers to ensure that action was taken.

Appeal to public: The IGP (R) appealed to citizens to be more forthcoming with criminal complaints and to take it upon as their duty and responsibility to come forward and assist the police in tackling the menace of extortion. 

He also pointed out reports of Police researches, which show that it was not possible to prevent and detect crime without community and support. He said it was only on the basis of active, participative and responsive community and citizenry that a crime can be prioritized and rooted out from society. 

In this regard, Limasunep urged the citizens to follow police Facebook page and twitter handles and post any complaints. He also shared police WhatsApp number (+916009678710/+918794833041) at PHQ meant to post any complain. 

He said these will be monitored by a team of officers at PHQ headed by SP (Crime) and assured that confidentiality will be maintained if desired. 

Limasunep also cautioned that submission to illegal demands of extortions by various UGs, notwithstanding any justification, can be harmful to the person who pays. He said when one gives in to such demands, it would lead to a trail of terror funding, offence against the state, abetment to criminal offenceand many other provisions of law that have happened in the past and which will also invoke the attention of the National Investigation Agency(NIA). 

He also said it was imperative that the criminal justice system was set into motion at a local police station so that justice will be delivered. 

Limasunep admitted that there were cases where extortionists were bailed out leniently and more so because there was no official complainant. He pointed out that when an FIR is filed by a complainant, it has substance and becomes strong, but an FIR filed suo-moto could cast aspersion on police.

Limasunep admitted that at every level, be it investigation, judicial process or prosecution, it needs a lot of improvement.

To queries, he said extortions in other districts were not as high as compared with Kohima or Dimapur owing to economic activities. SP (Crime) Manoj was also present at the press conference.


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