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Nagaland police appeals people to come forward to tackle the menace of extortion

Nagaland Police appeals to people to come forward and assist the police to tackle the menace of extortion in the State

Kohima, June 26 (NE): Nagaland Police held a press briefing on police and security forces action against various underground factions, particularly with reference to extortion and measures taken to curb extortion by the state police. Also appeals to people to come forward and assist the police to tackle the menace of extortion.

Addressing the media at Mini Conference Room, PHQ, Kohima on Friday, June 26, 2020 Limasunep Jamir, IPS shared the official figures of arrests made against various underground factions by the State Police and Assam Rifle/ Security Forces over the last five years.

A total of 893 criminal cases have been registered and a total of 1,238 persons have been arrested for involvement in various crimes like violation of Arms Act, Explosive Act, Murder, Extortion, Robbery, etcetera, Jamir informed.

Jamir, on behalf of Nagaland Police, assured that the police will continue to carry out its mandated duty of anti-extortion drive relentlessly, irrespective of various UG Groups/ Over Grown Sympathizers (OGS)/ Anti-social elements masquerading or taking the name of various UG groups.

Highlighting some of the issues faced by the police, Jamir stated that in more than 95 percent of cases relating to extortion, the criminal cases are registered “suo-motto” by the police signifying the lack of participation by the victims to carry out their duty and responsibility to file a formal complaint in a police station. This lack of participation by the victims stabs the heart of criminal justice system and only encourages and emboldens the criminals further, Jamir stated.

Through the press briefing, Jamir on behalf of the Police department appealed all to be more forthcoming with criminal complaints and to take it as a duty and responsibility to come forward and assist the police in tackling the menace of extortion while also assuring with utmost certainty that the police stations would be prompt to take cognizance of any complaint that they receive and that there are enough officers to ensure that action is taken.

He further made an appeal to make use of the Helplines provided by District Polices including facebook page, Twitter handle and whatsapp number which can also be used to post any complaint with confidentiality, if so desired.

As a matter of caution, Jamir pointed out that submission to such illegal demands by various UGs, notwithstanding any justification, could leave a trail of terror funding, offence against the state, abatement to criminal offence which can invoke the attention of National
Investigation Agency.

(Source:DIPR)

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