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KDTODU allegation on illegal tax baseless: Kohima police

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Dimapur, September 17: Kohima District police has seriously viewed the allegation by Kohima District Truck Owners & Drivers Union (KDTODU) about illegal collections of cash at check gates and on highways and unabated taxation on vehicles, especially trucks, by various law enforcing agencies, unions/federations /associations and underground outfits at different points from Dimapur entry gate till Imphal.
In reports published in a section of the press, the KDTODU while ‘threatening to stop plying trucks’ stated that the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima had on October 23, 2019 constituted an enquiry committee to check illegal collections of cash at check gates and the highway in and around the State capital. It also stated that the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kohima had verbally assured KDTODU that he would ask the police not to collect cash from vehicles/trucks at the check gates.
In the news item, the KDTODU regretted that none of these worked as collection of cash by Nagaland Police at the check gates continues, while the formation of the enquiry committee failed to bring any positive results till date as KDTODU was never informed of any development. The union said it has lost all hope on the assurance given by both the DC and SSP, the news item said.
Terming the allegations by the KDTODU as “non-existent and baseless”, PRO DEF Kohima in a statement said the Kohima District Police has only one check gate at Khuzama, the inter-state border of Nagaland and Manipur.
“When confronted of the allegations by SSP Kohima both the President and the General Secretary of the KDTODU stated that the press statement was given on the complaints by some truck drivers but could not pin point any specific incident. The General Secretary of the KDTODU informed SSP Kohima that he did not attend the meeting and had no knowledge about the press release as published by KDTODU, even though it appears in the media that he is a signatory,” the statement said.
The statement informed that the Sr. SP Kohima had called for a meeting with the KDTODU on September 18 at 11 am for necessary clarifications. (Page News Service)