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‘Extortion’ by voters during election is serious issue, says Dimapur Police Commissioner

By Livine Khrozhoh Updated: Jun 21, 2022 7:00 pm
(From left to right) Dr. Tiamenla Phom, Rothihu Testeo, Bharat Laxman Markad,  and Temsunochet Changkija during the sensitisation programme at Indisen Village, Dimapur on Tuesday. (EM Images)

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Dimapur, June 21 (EMN):
Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo on Tuesday said that people complain about extortion by various unions and organisations, but not as much about ‘extortion’ done by voters during election time, which is a ‘very serious issue’.

He said that during the election, intending candidates spend about INR 2 crore “because the voters demand that until they are paid this much, they will not vote (for a particular candidate)”.

In the 60 constituencies, he claimed that the extortion done by voters within a short time of 45 days came to about INR 2200 crore.

He also stated that most of the Naga communities even force their candidate to work only for their own constituency.

No common platform

Further, he said that an important element missing from the society was unity.

“In Nagaland, we do not have a single platform where all the Nagas can sit together and discuss the law and order, but every tribal organisation is working for their particular tribe. While having our own tribal organisations, we also need to have a common platform where we can discuss the law and order issue,” he said.

Tetseo also said that the citizens have many complaints about theft and other issues but there are no complainants, and so there is no case.

“If we have to file the FIR, we will investigate the case, charge sheet the case and will go to the court to stand as a prosecution witness, but when the police alone stand like that then it is not admissible, and therefore the participation of community and complainants is needed,” he added.

Dr. Tiamenla Phom, Dy. Comdt. 7th NAP Bn., meanwhile, said that the main philosophy of community policing is that ‘every citizen is a policeman without uniform and every policemen is a citizen in uniform’.

‘It is a proactive policing approach where police and people work together to ensure the safety and security of the citizens,’ she said.

She added that community policing was prevalent in Naga society before British extended their administrative jurisdiction. Some of the common misconceptions and challenges of community policing includes poor public image of police force, lack of adequate resources within the police force, vigilantism and mob justice, understanding that community policing is a philosophy and not a programme, she shared.

“If the philosophy of community policing is not understood by all of those that are involved, then the programmes will not succeed,” she added.

She further shared that some points which need to be discussed with the community and NGOs include traffic management, intelligence collection, maintenance of law and order, preventing and detection of crime, crimes against women and children, and cyber security.

The resource persons for the technical session were Bharat Laxman Markad, Temsunochet Changkija, Tiamela Phom, Rose Yanthan and Asabo Newmai.

By Livine Khrozhoh Updated: Jun 21, 2022 7:00:00 pm