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No extortion, only contribution, says WC NNPGs

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Condemns June 23 killing at Kohima
Dimapur, June 28: After the NSCN (IM) denied committing extortion but only levying ‘legitimate taxes’, the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC, NNPGs) has also denied involvement in any extortion activity.
“From the inception of our struggle, nominal contribution to the cause has been mandatory. The question of extortion, therefore, does not arise. Our political struggle is for the Nagas by the Nagas, to salvage our history and political right. WC will continue to seek contributions from Naga well wishers and Non-Naga business establishments in Naga land. It must continue through mutual respect,” said a statement issued by the media cell, WC, NNPGs.
Stating that the present time is a struggle for all sections of people economically which is visible, the statement alleged that there is a class of people who neither contribute, both in good and bad times, nor understand the political and historical right of the Nagas.
“In connivance with enemies, they aim to destroy the aspiration of the Naga people. History will record their names,” it said.
‘June 23 killing’
The WC, NNPGs also condemned the cold blooded killing of an alleged extortionist at Kohima on June 23 by “the so called Anti Extortionist Squad.”
“Irrespective of whether the deceased victim was unassociated or belonged to any Naga political group, gunning down an unarmed man is cowardice. As trained men the Police were expected to display tactical acumen, awareness and arrest or subdue the suspect. It is clear that these trigger happy buffoons, mostly backdoor appointees with fake high school certificates, are not fit to be assigned in the streets. Harassing and terrorising the public will be counterproductive. They endanger the lives of citizens more than anyone else. There are eyewitnesses who watched in horror the act of murder at Kohima town. To shoot a man in the head and later justify saying the gun went off accidentally in a scuffle is frivolous. This heinous crime is a blot on the police department which is not acceptable at all,” it stated.
“Will the murder of the alleged extortionist absolve police force from the fact they are the real extortionists? No!”
Terming as most unfortunate that “a group called anti extortion squad is on the prowl” with shooting orders, the WC, NNPGs reminded that Nagaland is so small and so who pulled the trigger will also be known.
“WC committee will not remain mute spectators in future,” it warned.
‘Uniformed extortionists?’
The WC, NNPGs also accused the State police of being involved in extortions. “Daily monetary receipts and documents with visual proofs of police extortions from officers down to men in the field, who will go after these uniformed extortionists? Enjoying monthly salaries and emoluments from GOI but still finds it insufficient and so they depute subordinate men to extort businesses in uniform? What moral authority can the police force adopt to stop National Workers from seeking and soliciting humble contributions from shops and commercial centres particularly those who come to Nagaland and making huge profits? All non local traders are well versed about Naga history, struggles and status of Naga people. They are aware that the sustenance of Naga movement is important and cannot be stopped with or without anti extortion squad till the political conflict is resolved,” it said.
Alleging that the fingerprints of police extortionists are glaring in all revenue generating fields like offices, shops, markets, transit gates, transporters, other businesses down to mineral water vendors in pavements, the statement asked, “Should Naga national workers form similar anti extortion squad primarily to target police extortionists, including those sitting in their offices and making phone calls? The question is, who are the real extortionists?”
The WC, NNPGs reminded that the police force that the Naga national workers inherited a political legacy and responsibility which precedes Indian Independence. “From the inception of our struggle, nominal contribution to the cause has been mandatory. The question of extortion, therefore, does not arise,” it maintained.
The WC, NNPGs appealed to the Naga people that considering the current status of political negotiations between GoI and WC, it is important to distinguish between extortionists and genuine national workers.
“WC, NNPG is putting every effort to sustain the Naga political movement. Our responsibility is to secure an honorable and acceptable political solution for all Nagas at the earliest,” it added. (Page News Service)