‘Dy. CM threatened to finish off chief secy’ — Opposition
Dimapur, Nov. 26 (EMN):The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has alleged that the deputy chief minister of Nagaland has threatened to ‘finish off’ the chief secretary of the state once the minister returns from Mizoram. The media bureau of the opposition party issued a press release on Monday asking the government to clarify the matter.
According to the NPF, the issue is between the Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and Chief Secretary R Benchilo Thong, over a case of transfer of additional director general of police (DGP) Rupin Sharma. ‘The NPF expressed shocked and bewilderment at the manner in which the deputy CM has threatened the state executive head, Mr. Thong over the latest row regarding Mr. Sharma’s transferring case,’ the NPF stated.
“The ADGP, Mr. Sharma who was removed as DGP, a couple of months back is seeking for a deputation to Nagaland House, New Delhi and his file, which is under process has once again under the scanner as the deputy CM is seen verbally threatening the chief secretary using derogatory languages to the highest bureaucracy of the state.”
According to the press release, the matter was brought to the notice of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, ‘whereby taking exception to the genuine request put up by Sharma,’ the CM agreed to place him at Nagaland House. Necessary directives were given by the chief minister’s office to the Home commissioner for ‘putting up the file’ to the CM.
‘What followed thereafter has shocked the people of the state like a bolt from the blue, as according to sources, the deputy CM Patton has gone to the extent of threatening to finish off (sic) the chief secretary, Thong, after his return from Mizoram.’
“How far are we going to bear these brunt and the unruly behavioural attitudes of our today’s political leaders? When the top bureaucrats in the state can be threatened and dragged like dirt in the streets, how safe are the other public servants from the hands of these brutes?” the NPF queried. The NPF also sought for the chief minster to ‘come out with clarity as no officer should suffer at their behest.’
The opposition stated that the People’s Democratic Alliance government should not ‘disgrace the law of the land but to immediately look upon the book of the law of the land and enforce it.’