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People fear ‘self-styled’ govts than elected state govt, says Nagaland Congress

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has criticized the Nagaland government for its claim that law and order situation in the state is normal, in its reply to governor’s letter and termed it as an insult to the public.

In a press release issued by the NPCC President K Therie on July 5, the party stated that “the writ of the state government has been surrendered ever since the regional party came to rule.”

“We have parallel multi-parallel ‘self-styled’ governments in the state. The writs these ‘self-styled’ governments are more feared than that of the state government. A look at social media will confirm that people do not care or fear criticizing the state government openly but are careful with the ‘self-styled’ multi-governments,” the state Congress chief said.

Replying to a letter dashed off by Governor RN Ravi, which questioned the government on the law and order situation, the state government has claimed that the overall law and order situation in the state continues to be normal and peaceful.

It claimed that Nagaland is witnessing a period of peace and harmony.

But the NPCC differed with the government’s assessment of normal law and order situation, claiming that the public have lost security to life and property.

“Entrepreneurs, contractors and suppliers are the prey of free predators equipped with sophisticated weapons, many of which have come from the state government. The chief minister in his reply to a stared question of CLP leader admitted in the state assembly in 2012 that 44,550 ammunitions and 152 arms were lost from police custody. Perhaps the figures could be much more as uncontrolled factional wars escalated in the following period,” the party alleged.

According to Therie, illegal collection has increased manifold as all 9 ‘self-styled’ governments have agreed to collect without objecting to each other.

“Clashes have come down because of the understanding between factions. It is not because of government’s control. Today, they all sit together in the state police check gates and collect their shares. From wholesale and retail sales, they collect monthly and some annually, visiting shop to shop. Sometimes, entrepreneurs are summoned,” the Congress party alleged.


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