Shopkeeper not abducted but summoned: NSCN (Niki)
DIMAPUR, JULY 31: The Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) of NSCN faction led by Niki Sumi has refuted the law enforcing agency’s “baseless allegation” of the group abducting a shopkeeper in Dimapur.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the CFSB claimed that one of its Kilonsers was “physically assaulted by the shopkeeper for no valid reason” at Nagarjan area on June 28. The shopkeeper was summoned to its office “for questioning”.
“The Kilonser being a simple and elderly gentleman was manhandled and pushed to the ground but somehow managed to escape after onlookers finally intervened. The shopkeeper was informed several times to appear in person before the authority of the Naga people’s Government to record his statement of the incident but he did not bother to co-operate and therefore, was compelled to be picked up the by authority on 29th July but not abducted as alleged by the police.
“At the time of picking the shopkeeper, public who were present in the area were made aware of the reason why the shopkeeper is being picked up. On questioning the shopkeeper, he confessed to have assaulted the elderly for no reason that should have led to physical confrontation and apologised to the government authority for the senseless act he had committed”, the statement read.
While the shopkeeper was being questioned, the CFSB received information that a case has been registered with the police for alleged abduction, it stated.
“The CFSB was not aware of the incident as the case was not within the purview of the CFSB. Nevertheless, the CFSB took up the matter as urgent and got it ascertained from the authority handling the case and passed on the same to the police with a clarification that the person concerned was not abducted but summoned for questioning and is being released after completing the formalities.
“As said so, the authority after recording his statement released the shopkeeper on the same day itself and entrusted two of the staff to drop him to the spot from where he was picked up. However, the police even after being officially informed and clarified by the CFSB that the person concerned was not abducted but was summoned for questioning, way-laid and intercepted the vehicle, assigned to drop the shopkeeper, at Nagarjan and arrested the two staff (members) and claimed to have rescued the shopkeeper”, it stated.
The group claimed that it does not resort to unethical and anti-social activities which are against the norm of a healthy and a peaceful society.
“The NSCN/GPRN have come to ceasefire to pave way for peace and prosperity of the people and therefore expects sincere cooperation from all sections of the society towards its efforts not be hurled upon with such baseless allegation to serve the vested interests of few”, it added.
(Page News Service)