Ravi’s assessment on law and order correct: NPCC

DIMAPUR, JUN 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/28/2020 1:30:34 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has credited governor RN Ravi for correctly assessing the law and order situation of the State. 

Holding governments led by regional parties responsible for “systemizing” illegal taxation, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee president K Therie observed that ever since these parties adopted the policy to merely facilitate and support the Naga peace talks, they had gone beyond the prescription of the constitution. 

He accused these parties of having abandoned the constitution and laws of the land, even as parallel governments and taxations by way of extortion and forced collections were accepted.

Therie said many were kidnapped while others assassinated, some in the open, even as cases were registered against “unknown miscreants”. 

Certain factions had even confiscated land, collected fines and forcefully occupied land. Red handed extortionists and murderers were arrested with unauthorised weapons but released without trial.

NPCC alleged that when public sought government assistance, the latter directed the former, especially entrepreneurs, to compromise with the extortionists. 

Administrators were used as mediators to compromise while police were even used as faction leaders’ bodyguards. Accusing all development departments of sharing development funds with the extortionists, the NPCC chief said funds released under Art 275(1) for construction of 223 buildings across Nagaland vanished. Loans were taken from banks and later lenders were threatened with dire-consequences. 

According to him, no contractor or supplier was free from paying commissions, with the armed groups getting to know sanction and release orders before the contractors and suppliers.

Therie further alleged that the police and tax collectors of armed groups sat together at check gates, extorting trucks across all towns. As a result, he said Nagaland does not have any industry even as continuous extortions had stymied the growth of the State’s economy.



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