WC, NNPGs condemn June 23 police action

DIMAPUR, JUN 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/28/2020 1:24:29 PM IST

Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (WC, NNPGs) has condemned the killing of an alleged extortionist by the anti-extortion squad of the police at Kohima on June 23. 

In a statement, WC media cell said that irrespective of the fact whether he belonged to any Naga political group or not, gunning down an unarmed man was cowardice. 

Pointing out that the policemen as trained personnel were expected to display tactical acumen, awareness and arrest or subdue a suspect, WC alleged that these “trigger-happy” cops, “most of whom were backdoor appointees with fake high school certificates, were not fit to be assigned duties on the street.” 

Warning that harassing and terrorising the public would be counterproductive, WC alleged that these policemen endangered the lives of citizens more than anyone else. It also claimed that there were eyewitnesses to the incident, adding that shooting a man in the head and later justifying it by saying the gun went off accidentally in a scuffle was frivolous. This heinous crime was a blot on the police department which was not acceptable at all, WC stated.

Stating that the murder of the alleged extortionist would not absolve the police from the fact that they were the real extortionists, WC termed as most unfortunate that Anti Extortion Squad was on the prowl with shooting orders. 

As Nagaland was small and who pulled the trigger would be known, WC warned that it would not remain a mute spectator in future.

Alleging that they themselves were indulged such activities, the committee asked what moral authority the police had to stop “national workers” from seeking and soliciting contributions from shops and commercial centres, particularly those who had come to Nagaland and making huge profits. 

Claiming that all non-local traders were well-versed about Naga history, struggle and status of Naga people, WC said they were also aware that sustenance of Naga movement was important and could not be stopped till the political conflict was resolved.

It further alleged that there were ample evidences of police extortion, and wanted to know whether the Naga national workers too should form an anti-extortion squad to target the extortionist cops.

WC reminded police that the national workers had “inherited a political legacy and responsibility that preceded Indian independence”, adding that contribution to the cause had been mandatory since the inception of the Naga struggle. Hence, it contended that the question of extortion did not arise. 

Mentioning the struggle was for and by the Nagas to salvage their history and political right, WC declared that it would continue to seek contributions from Naga well-wishers and non-Naga business establishments in Nagaland. 

It said there was a class of people who neither contributed nor understood the political and historical rights of the Nagas, while aiming to destroy the aspiration of the Nagas in connivance with enemies.

WC appealed to the Nagas to distinguish between extortionists and genuine national workers considering the current status of political its negotiations with Government of India.

Stating that it was putting every effort to sustain the Naga political movement, the committee said its responsibility was to secure an honourable and acceptable political solution for all Nagas at the earliest.



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