JYO alleges extortion by traffic police at landslide area

JYO alleges extortion by traffic police at landslide area

Kohima, July 17: In a startling revelation, the Jotsoma Youth Organisation (JYO) has charged the Kohima Traffic Police personnel of involving in extorting money from good laden vehicles along the National Highway-29.
In a letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, JYO said that its volunteers led by president Khrieto Peseyie caught the Kohima traffic personnel deployed to regulate traffic flow at landslide area (Kezhanu) under Jotsoma jurisdiction involving in collecting money amounting to Rs 100 up to Rs 2000 from truckers to cross the landslide area.
The JYO said that it has been receiving reports that this activity was going on for the last two weeks.
The JYO letter maintained that on Tuesday evening, heavy traffic jam was reported on the same route at NH-29 and therefore, its rushed down to help regulate the vehicles to cross its jurisdiction without hardship.
On reaching the spot, JYO said, it was seen that upcoming vehicles from Dimapur to Kohima were lined up to more than 4 kms from the landslide area towards Zubza.
Many vehicles were stranded up for hours together, which included some vehicles carrying patients to Kohima for treatment.
On verifying the cause of the jam, JYO said the volunteers caught a traffic police personnel collecting money from each truck to cross the depressed or sinking area of the road.
On being queried, the traffic personnel admitted that they are collecting just for “chai pani” expenditure of the traffic police, JYO stated while revealing that during the time a traffic police officer in the rank of ASI was in command at the spot.
JYO informed that every rainy season its youth volunteers have been helping the authority to regulate smooth traffic management in its area while it has been repairing and filling up potholes on the British Victory Road (Jotsoma Bye-Pass) from its own resources with the view to help the general public as the Bye-Pass Road becomes a vital link road to the capital city during summer season.
However, regrettably every year during this season, JYO receives reports that Kohima Traffic Police personnel extorts money from the drivers and at time, some personnel were even caught red handed extorting money from truckers.
JYO also observed that this kind of extortion has been causing bad name to the villagers as the innocent travelers never suspect police personnel to do such illegal activities and naturally, the villagers become the prime suspects.
Further, with this kind of illegal activities carried out by the police personnel has caused spiraling price rise of essential commodities in Kohima and surrounding places which is a burden for the common people of the district, it said.
In this, the JYO wondered whether the collection by the Kohima Traffic Police personnel is authorized by the District Administration?
“If the collection is not authorized, we request you to take necessary action against the Traffic Police personnel on duty as their unauthorized and illegal activities had caused untold misery to the travelers,” the JYO said.
The JYO also expected that action taken by the Deputy Commissioner will be intimated to them for better coordination to help the general public. (Page News Service)