Nagaland closes check-gates to curb illegal money collection

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Imphal: Nagaland government has closed down all check-gates to prevent and curb illegal collection of money from vehicles at check gates and at other locations in the state by any entity or individual.

The political branch of Nagaland home department on Thursday issued a notification in this regard.

The notification said in order to curb illegal collection of money from the vehicles on the roads, Nagaland government has issued several directives in the past. Reports, however, continue to be received alleging illegal collection of money from vehicles on roads and at various check gates by organizations, groups, Government agencies, private individuals etc. In light of the reports and with a view to prevent and curb illegal collection of money from vehicles by any entity or individual, the governor of Nagaland issued the restriction order with immediate effect.

It said all police check gates, except the existing interstate check gates shall be closed forthwith. The check gates set up by other departments, including by Municipal and Town Councils, shall also be immediately closed throughout the state, except the interstate check gates, which may function up till May 31, and beyond that date shall function only after obtaining a specific approval of the home department.

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If anywhere in the state a check gate by any organisation, group or private individual, has been set-up or functioning, for whatsoever reasons, that shall also be removed/closed forthwith. In the event of additional inter or intra district check gates required for unavoidable reasons by any department, including the police department, in any part of the state, the matter shall be referred through the AHOD/HOD concerned with justifications to the home department for consideration, and only after getting prior approval of the government, the check gate will be set up by the department concerned, the notification said.

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“Every department concerned after closing the check gate at any location in compliance of this order, shall dismantle and completely remove any temporary structure/building standing at the location and being used by it, so as to obviate the possibility of anyone else misusing the structure/space left behind for illegal collections purposes.”

The deputy commissioner in every district shall constitute an ‘Inspection Team’ which shall be responsible for ensuring that there is no check gate functional, the home department said.

The team will move with a section strength force to be provided by the respective SP/DCP, and regularly conduct surprise inspections to check if any unauthorised check gate is functional, and in the event of any such gate being found, including by private groups, individuals, all the persons manning the gates shall be prosecuted under sections 188 and 384 IPC, it added.

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The person in charge of any check gate shall ensure that except the government employees detailed by the department, no other private individual is present at any point of time in and around the premises/structure being used for the purposes of check-gate. The presence of any unauthorized person/group at or near the check-gate shall be considered as sufficient proof of everyone colluding for ilegal collection of money and action as per law shall be taken against everyone.

The inspection team shall submit detailed reports of every inspection being made by it to the deputy commissioner, for perusal and for taking action as required.

The home department from time to time will also be sending team of officers from the secretariat to inspect the check gates, the notification mentioned among other measures.

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