DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 8 (MExN): The Public Action Committee of the Naga Council, Dimapur (NCD) issued a press statement today expressing shock at an audio recording of a phone conversation during the course of which monetary demands were made allegedly by NSCN (IM) cadres.
In the conversation, the audio file of which went viral on social media, the PAC said that two individuals purported to be “representing NSCN (IM)” demanded money from a Puja Committee Secretary in Dimapur over puja “pandal construction.”
“The conversation clearly reveals that the cadres resorted to extort even on puja pandal construction. Such an act is a big disgrace not only to the Nagas as a whole but to the group they belong to. It is a shame and a disgrace that persons who claim to be nationalist can stoop so low,” stated the PAC.
Terming it as “daylight extortion,” it asked the police and administration to immediately identify and arrest the persons. It also appealed to the NSCN (IM) to take “stern disciplinary action on the cadres” and to immediately make public their identities and the punishment imposed.
The PAC condemned any act of threat, intimidation and extortion and called upon all sections of the civil society to condemn, expose and root out such individuals “who not only tarnish the name of the group but bring shame to Nagas as a whole.”
Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under IPC section 384 in connection to the conversation and the purported demands. As per the police, the FIR was received on October 7 and registered at East Police Station, Dimapur.
As per the FIR, the conversation occurred at around 3:00pm on October 6. The complainant (name withheld) said that he received a call from an unknown person, who asked him to talk to a “madam.”
Monetary demand in relation to the erection of puja pandal (tents) at Burma Camp was made during the conversation, while assuring “that they will take care of the situation in case anything arise during the Puja celebration,” it stated.
The police said that no arrest has been made as yet and investigation was on.
NSCN (IM) UT 1 informs
Meanwhile, NSCN (IM), UT-1 has informed all GBs, colony council chairpersons and the business community (associations) not to entertain any kind of requests for monetary donations during the ongoing festive season in the name of the GPRN under UT-1 jurisdiction “without the knowledge and permission of the Caretaker, CAO, and Secretary, UT-1.”
A press release from the Secretary, UT-1 cautioned that strict action would be taken against those found engaging in such activities.