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NSCN (IM) rejects ‘baseless allegation’; Asks PAC to draw the line between extortion and tax

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Dimapur, November 22: The NSCN (IM) has rejected and condemned what it called the “baseless allegation” levelled by the PAC NCD that its cadres assaulted a truck driver coming from Dimapur to Imphal and demanding a tax of Rs 15,000 on November 20.
In a statement, the NSCN (IM) advised the PAC not to stretch its hands too far to interfere into the legitimate rights of NSCN in collecting yearly vehicle tax as a part of the sustenance for Naga political struggle.
“In this connection, PAC should be cautious where they should step into. PAC should also draw the line between extortion and tax and not to go the way to distort Naga political movement by bringing confusion,” it said.
Narrating what “exactly happened”, the NSCN (IM) said when its cadres were on duty enquiring the payment of yearly vehicle tax by truck drivers, one of the truck drivers caused inordinate delay much to the displeasure of the cadres on duty. “Our cadres went closer to him and put his hands on his shoulder to have closer talks. But, that move created panic and while trying to stay away he hit himself against the truck hurting his head. No money of any amount was taken from him neither a hand was raised against him,” it claimed.
On the other hand, the NSCN (IM) claimed that one Madam Sema (Khehuli Kibami) “as testified by the truck drivers” has been extorting money amounting to Rs 4000, 10,000 and 20,000 per truck depending on goods carried in the name of KK Agency, Lahorijan, Assam. It claimed that this woman frequently threatens NSCN personnel on duty “that she will send Indian security forces to arrest them. Consequent to this, Indian security forces managed to arrest many NSCN members. But, what has come to light is that Khehuli Kibami and Indian security forces are working hand in glove to extort money in the name of KK Agency, Lahorijan, Asssam,” it alleged.
In the light of this revelation, the NSCN (IM) said it is a matter of necessity “to identify who this woman extortionist is working so closely with Indian security forces using the name of KK Agency.”
“On what valid ground she is collecting money from the trucks in the name of KK Agency? Who owned this KK Agency to use Indian security forces to extort money so blatantly,” it asked. (Page News Service)

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