Chandel Naga Peoples Org on unlawful police harassment to truck drivers & business associations

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Chandel: The Chandel Naga Peoples Organization (CNPO) in a release on Friday said business associations in Chandel district wrote to CNPO office for harassment meted out to them on July 11 by Chandel police. The business associations stated Chandel police seized three trucks ferrying wheat flour from Imphal to Chandel at Japhou Bazaar, the district headquarters and were unlawfully treated.

In the release, CNPO said three business associations viz. Sulam Business Association, Unique Business Association Chandel and All Moreh Truck Owners Associations in a letter to CNPO’s office on July 14 expressed their deep anguish of injustice, humiliation and trauma caused by the harassment meted out for ferrying the essential good for the community.

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“The seized trucks along with the drivers were first taken to the police station and detained for 24 hours after which they were taken to the Customs at Pallel and produced before the Customs Officers. The later on examination of the case presented by the police officer did not find any wrong doing on the part of the drivers as the wheat flour was found to have contained no illegal substance and accordingly rejected the case submitted by the police officer. The police team then again took the trucks back to Chandel police station and presented the same case to the district magistrate who released the trucks under Sec. 110 Cr. Pc. as there was no evidence of illegality,” the release said.

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The business associations have demanded for immediate transfer of the “erring superintendent of police, and the additional superintendent of police out of Chandel as they have reflected their self-vested interests.” The release further stated, the business associations pointed out that “police are meant to maintain law and order, prevent illegal activities and fight against corruption, however, in this case, they have shown their ulterior motives.”

The Chandel Naga Peoples Organization while reminding all the government functionaries and the public of corruption and anti-people activities as against the development of the district, it stated it is deeply disturbed and concerned about the modus operandi of the Chandel police. The CNPO stated it expects police to be the guardian of corruption, exploitation and to help maintain law and order in the district.

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