Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fake certificate, document racket busted

Dimapur police busted a major racket involved in forging and selling fake certificates and documents of various government offices, police, schools, colleges, universities etc of different states of the Northeast and arrested the kingpin of the racket Muantuo Sailo from his residence at Block 3, Ward No. 9, Chumukedima on Tuesday.SDPO Niuland K Kahlo told newspersons that during a raid at the residence of the prime accused Muantuo, fake certificates and documents of various government officials, schools, school boards, computer institutes, colleges, Bible colleges, universities and various government offices with forged signatures, 151 fake rubber stamps and seals of various government officials, school authorities and university authorities as well as police and IR(Bn) letter pads of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram besides computers sets, lamination machine, and colour printers were recovered. Altogether 171 school cumulative record books and various fake certificates, documents as well as original holograms of Nagaland University were also seized from the residence of the accused. Police said original holograms of NU were very restricted materials and wondered how the accused managed to get hold of it.The police team comprising ten personnel and led by SDPO Niuland K Khalo raided the house of the main accused at around 6.30 am on Tuesday. However, he managed to give the police the slip. When the police team caught hold of his brother and applied other methods to nab him, Muantuo surrendered to them later. Police said the accused used to sell the certificates and documents to his clients at the rate of Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 per certificate or document.Police have not ruled out involvement of a gang as well as other connections in the racket which was being run for at least past three years now. Police also hoped that with the arrest of the main accused, the real story would unfold and more arrests are likely. The accused has been charged under impersonification and forgery, use of fake documents as well as genuine certificates and under a criminal conspiracy against the clients. Mulantuo, a Mizo, who was born and brought up in Nagaland, is the son of a retired ABSI, Nagaland Police and is currently residing at Chumukedima. Responding to the query whether Muantuo’s clients used the certificates to get employment, police asserted that action would be taken against found using the fake documents and their services would be terminated immediately. The accused also confessed to police of his crime. The main accused also runs a beauty parlour (Head Turner) at New Market, near Punjab National Bank, Dimapur. (Continued on page 2)Seized fake documents and materialsClass IX final examination mark sheets of Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School Dimapur, NCC certificate of Asst. Commdt XI NAP (IR), NCC certificate of Asst. Commdt IX NAP (IR), NCC certificate of Asst. Commdt PTS Chumukedima, NCC certificate of NPC School headmistress, permanent resident certificate issued by DC Dimapur Jyoti Kalash, IAS, Don Bosco School Dimapur transfer certificate, North Eastern Hill university HQ Shillong migration certificate, North Eastern Hill University Shillong Registration Card, Nagaland Police Central School card transfer certificate, Kindergarten School, Lake View Colony Dimapur transfer certificate, Nagaland Board of School Education Kohima, Nagaland University Lumami marksheet, Nagaland University Lumami BA degree marksheet, Nagaland University Lumami, MA/M Sc award sheets, Assam Higher Secondary Education Council Guwahati marksheet, North Eastern Hills University HQ Admission Card, Nagaland University Lumami degree mark sheet, Nagaland University 3 years degree mark sheet, Nagaland University Lumami B.Ed examination marksheet, Nagaland University Lumami BA 1st year (general) mark sheet, Elementary School Leaving Examination marksheet, North Eastern Hills University HQ Lumami B.A Honors, Nagaland University B.Ed degree 2001 simple pass certificate, Nagaland University statement of marks form B.A, Meghalaya Board of School Education 10+2 mark sheet, Meghalaya Board of School Education high school cumulative record-cum-schooling history consisting of 102 fill up CR’s and 25 number in blank, North Eastern Hill University HQ Shillong B.A Hon’s and general, North Eastern Hill University HQ Shillong mathematic science, Nagaland University HQ Lumami campus Kohima, Additional subject pre university arts, North Eastern Hill University HQ Shillong major subject, North Eastern Hill University Bijini complex Shillong Meghalaya statement of marks, Don Bosco Hr. Sec School Dimapur elementary school examination mark sheet, St. Mary’s School transfer certificate, Elementary School Leaving Certificate Exam marksheet, Nagaland Board of School Education Kohima, Higher Secondary School Leaving certificate examination , Elementary School Leaving Examination marksheet, St. Dominie’s College Shillong transfer certificate, Dimapur Govt. College provisional certificate, National Institute of Open School New Delhi, family ration card, Union Christian College, Umiam Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya, Nagaland University, Lumami campus registration card, about 151 various types of seals, Nagaland University original holograms sheet, Canon printer 3x1, HP printer photo copies, UPS, monitor, key board and mouse, CPU, lamination machine etc. (Nagaland Post)

2 more MLAs resign

Four days after two former Congress MLAs resigned from both the party and the assembly and joined the ruling NPF, the opposition suffered another jolt when two more sent in their resignations to the Assembly speaker Tuesday.The two Congress MLAs- Azheto Zhimomi of 3 Dimapur-III and Deo Nukhu of 17 Chizami followed the footsteps of their colleagues- Kejong Chang who represented Tuensang Sadar –II and Aloh Wangham of Tizit assembly constituencies.With the latest resignations, the Congress strength has been reduced to 19 and the effective strength of the house to 56. The major DAN coalition party the NPF currently has 26, BJP and NCP two each, and supported by six independent MLAs.Sources said both the MLAs tendered their resignation to Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie at his official residence at 8 pm Tuesday.When contacted, the Speaker said he has accepted the resignation of the two Congress MLAs and that a notification to this effect would be issued tomorrow.CONG DEMANDS PROBE: Earlier, on Tuesday morning, the Congress at a meeting held at the Congress Bhavan here demanded a probe either by CBI or by a High Court or Supreme Court Judge to ascertain the alleged “monetary transactions” leading to their resignation.The meeting of the PCC office bearers and DCC presidents discussed the developments arising out of the February 13 resignation of the two former MLAs.After the meeting a memorandum was submitted to Governor K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan but he was out of station. Condemning what it termed “ immoral act” of the NPF Party, the Congress alleged that the party adopted “despicable and diabolical methods” to convert the elected people’s representatives into purchasable commodity. It also lambasted the two former party MLAs for their “abhorrent and nefarious behaviour” bereft of Christian principle by selling themselves for Rs 5 crore each.The Congress accused the NPF-led DAN government of having miserably failed in containing the menace of rampant extortion and intimidation perpetrated by anti-social elements all over the state.The Congress alleged that corruption under the DAN government reached saturation point as funds sanctioned by Delhi for development were siphoned off by a privileged people in power. It appealed to people to condemn the “anti-people” and “anti-development activities” of the DAN government and join hands with it for restoration of a corruption free and democratic government.Later, addressing the media, NPCC president KV Pusa asserted that his party would not take the issue lying down. He regretted that while the Congress was acting as a constructive opposition, the NPF indulged in “politics of buying MLAs” instead of concentrating on developmental activities.CLP leader Chingwang Konyak disclosed that mineral water cartons were seen being loaded on Aloh Wangham’s vehicle at the CM’s house. “Money was brought in mineral water cartons, I can confirm that,” but refused so say any more. He said Kejong Chang, to a certain extent, was responsible for Aloh’s resignation as both families are related. “Aloh’s action will not be forgotten by the people and it would go down to his family and children,”Chingwang said. (Nagaland Post)

State Cabinet announces ex-gratia for murdered officials

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The state cabinet in an emergency sitting today in the wake of the potentially explosive public mood after the kidnap and murder of three state government employees, namely SDO Kasom Khullen, Dr. Th. Kishan, his driver, Rajen Sharma and a Mondal, Y Token Singh, decided to pay ex-gratia compensations to the next of kin of the slain men.A brief press note by the principal secretary to the chief minister, AN Jha, also said the investigation into the case would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI, the meeting decided.A government job each would also be given to the next of kin of the deceased officials, it said.It may be recalled the three men were abducted from Ukhrul district headquarters on February 13 by unidentified armed miscreants and found murdered near Taphou Kuki village in the Senapati district this morning.While Dr. Kishan’s kin would get an ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakhs, those of his two subordinate staff would get Rs. 5 lakh each.Dr. Kishan, a bright young administrator had joined the Manipur Civil Service less than a year ago after clearing the last recruitment examination. When he joined the service, he was already a lecturer of English in DM College or Arts. At the time of joining, he also had the appointment letter of the Manipur University lecturership in the English department.Earlier, after completing his doctoral studies from the Delhi University on the polemics of post colonialism with African literature as base, he had served as a lecturer of English in Shyamlal College, Delhi University, on ad hoc basis.Before he joined the MCS, Dr. Kishan was also involved in a literary activism project of bringing out a highly readable quarterly journal called “Alternative Perspectives”. (IFP)

NSCN(IM) condemns SDO killing

Dimapur, Feb 17 (NNN): Strongly condemning the killing of sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Khasom Khullen, Dr. Thingam Kishan and two others, the NSCN(IM) has said tonight that the outfit has ordered an investigation and booking of the culprits at the earliest possible time. The NSCN(IM)'s ministry of information and publicity (MIP) informed Newmai News Network tonight that it has nothing to do with the incident and said that such heinous crimes should be condemned by all sections of the society. Pledging to book and award befitting punishment to the culprits involved in the killing of the SDO and two others, the NSCN(IM) has said that killing of the officials was carried out by vested interests to create unnecessary unrest in the society. The NSCN(IM) appealed to the general public not to spread rumours but to remain calm saying that the outfit would put in its utmost effort to book the culprits at the earliest. (IFP)

SDO killing condemned by many with call for calm

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The inhuman killing of Dr. Th Kishan, SDO, Kasom Khullen, Y Token, mandal of the revenue department and A Rajen, driver of the SDO has drawn strong condemnations from many organisations in the state as well as outside the state.A joint meeting of the UPF, NIPCO, TIPS, HERICOUN, MAPI COUNCIL and DESAM held today at the office of the HERICOUN strongly condemned the incident and said that the apex organisations believe the crime was committed by the culprits in collusion with the DC Ukhrul.It asked the DC Ukhrul, state government and Central government to take whole responsibility for the incident and at the same time appealed for the release of the other three staffs of the SDO.The Tangkhul People’s Organisation, Imphal (TPOI) also condemned the brutal killings and shared the sorrow and pain of the victims’ family.The TPOI also appealed to all communities to maintain calm and asked them to restrain from creating any untoward incidents anymore. It also appealed to all concerned to release the other three persons.The Kasom Khullen Sub-Division Development Association while condemning the brutal and barbaric murder expressed their feeling of sorrow for the bereaved and their families.The association and people of the said areas demanded the concerned authority book the culprits and take stern action immediately while also demanding the release of the other three staffs.The Phungyar Block Congress Committee also condemned the brutal murder and expressed their grief and condolences to the family members of the deceased and urged all citizens to maintain calm.The editorial members of the Alternative Perspectives expressed their deep shock and condolence on the sad demise of Dr. Thingam Kishan Singh, former editor of the journal, until he joined the MCS.Members of the journal shared the grief and pain of the deceased family members and said that Dr. Kishan was a prolific writer, an academician and an astute visionary. Majority of his writings reflected love for an egalitarian society and social harmony, it said.A collective condolence from Revolutionary Democratic Front, Progressive Students’ Union, Revolutionary Democracy, Indo-Nepal People’s Solidarity Forum, Majdoor Kishan Party, Majdoor Shakti, CPIM (New Proletarian), Communist Party of Nepal, Janpaksh, Campaign for Peace and Democracy in Manipur from New Delhi shared with the family members their pain and grief as a result of the murder.It appealed to the government of Manipur to conduct a transparent investigation into the murder, trace the culprits, arrest them and treat them according to law.The All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) has also protested the killing of SDO Dr. Thingnam Kishan, his driver Aribam Rojen and staff, Yumnam Token. It said the victims had been living at a village to help in a tour undertaken by the works minister. It said they were abducted from the SDO office of the village by some armed persons and found dead at Tafou Kuki village of Senapati district.A press note signed by the president of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee also condemned the atrocious killing of the SDO and his two staff. The release also said that the government of Manipur would surely take action in the matter of finding the persons involved on the incident. (IFP)

Senapati, Ukhrul too join the protests with strike calls

IMPHAL, Feb 17: A 12-hour Senapati district bandh from 4 am to 4 pm tomorrow has been called by the Naga People’s Organization (NPO), Senapati District Women Association (SDWA) and Senapati District Student’s Association (SDSA) in relation to the inhuman killing of the SDO and two others.The apex organisations condemned the barbaric act of killing where the faces of the victims were smashed by stones beyond identification and demanded immediate investigation and punishment of the culprits by the concerned authority.It also further questioned the culprits, whoever they represented individually or by any organisation as to why the victims were kidnapped from some other place and killed in such a gruesome way in Senapati district thereby creating a negative image of the district which could not be pardoned.The organisation also shared the grief and sorrow of the bereaved family members and appealed to every responsible citizens and organisation to condemn the merciless killing of innocent lives.Meanwhile, in relation to the incident a 24-hour Ukhrul district bandh has been called by the Tangkhul organisations in protest against the killing of the SDO and two others.The bandh has been called to protest the senseless killings, by apex organisations like the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL), Mayar Ngala Long (MNL), and Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL).The organisation condemned the gruesome incident in the strongest terms and demanded for the arrest of the person(s) responsible for committing the heinous crime.The organisations also asserted that if the deceased officer and his staff deserved punishment of such degree it should have been made public before the action was taken on them.The organisations also demanded a speedy intervention of the concerned authorities to book the culprit under the law of the land at the earliest. (IFP)

Dangerous undemocratic game

Editorial-The Northeast Herald
DAN chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s apprehension of running his fragile ministry has been known from the very beginning. It is quite natural for him to worry when his NPF party and other DAN constituents were greeted with fractured verdict in the last general election in 2008. Yet he could somehow form the DAN Ministry with the support of the 6 Independents as the Congress Party that won 23 preferred to sit as Opposition. The Opposition Congress’ stand from day one is very clear that it would not indulge in any “toppling game,” rather it would play an effective and responsible Opposition so as to make the ruling DAN government deliver goods to the people. Despite of all these, the Rio Ministry not only miserably failed to deliver goods to the people but also failed in all developmental fronts. Not satisfied, it has further attempted to weaken the Opposition Congress through undemocratic tactics. The apprehension the DAN chief minister feels about his fragile Ministry is understandable because the recent Court Judgment with regard to the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries and parliamentary secretaries in Himachal Pradesh and Goa made it very clear that the state government has no jurisdiction, power, authority or competence to appoint chief parliamentary secretaries and parliamentary secretaries and hence the appointment were quashed. In the case of Nagaland, there is a PIL filed in Supreme Court in connection to the appointment of 13 parliamentary secretaries in the state which is expected to come up for hearing and decision very soon. As such the fate of 13 parliamentary secretaries of Nagaland may be sealed very soon. Hence it is clear DAN chief minister cannot escape from it. This might be the reason why the ruling DAN had allegedly indulged in undemocratic games to weaken the opposition Congress. But the manner in which they had indulged in would have far reaching consequences in the history of Nagaland politics. The two Congress MLAs resigned from the State Legislative Assembly after they were allegedly paid Rs 5 crore each by the DAN chief minister, besides promises of upgrading existing administrative offices in their respective places. If this latest development is true, then there is a big question on the “integrity of the DAN Government particularly the chief minister.” Because the Congress, after its two MLAs resigning, has 21 MLAs and the DAN Government is not for the welfare of the people living in these 21 MLAs’ constituencies. What a mockery of democracy the DAN government is applying for. Will the people of the state accept the kind of undemocratic manner applied for? It is irony for the man, who talks too much of politics and at times preferring to selection not election as he explained election had only destroyed the Naga fabric, now plays different game that is far more dangerous than perhaps any other political maneuvers. (The Northeast Herald)

48-hr general strike after SDO, two co-workers found blugeoned to death

Feb 17: The state capital Imphal remained tense today after the discovery of the dead bodies of the SDO of Kasom Khullen sub-division and two of his co-workers in Senapati district.A 48-hours general strike from midnight tonight has been called by the JAC formed against the killing of the SDO, Kasom sub-division and two of his officials.The three dead bodies were found this morning around 7 am near Lukhrabi bridge between Taphou Kuki and 9th MR outpost under the Senapati police station and brought to the RIMS mortuary.The deceased were identified as Dr. Thingnam Kishan (SDO), 40, son of Th Ibopishak of Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak Meinam Leikai, Yumnam Token Singh (Mandal of revenue department), 38, son of late Y Shamu of Chinga Mathak Yumnam Leikai and Aribam Rajen Sharma (driver of the SDO), 36, son of A Ibopishak of Uripok Khoisnam Leikai.Regarding the incident, Sapam Subhankar, convener of the JAC stated at a press meet held today at the residence of the deceased Dr. Th Kishan, that on the morning of February 13 the SDO along with four staff and his driver went for an emergency meeting called by the DC of Ukhrul.He further stated that the SDO himself had said that he was going to be in reception team for the tour of K Ranjit, works minister on February 14.Later, the family members started to search for the whereabouts of the SDO when the office staff informed the family about the absence of the SDO during the reception.Further, he added that the SDC of SDC head office at Ukhrul DC office complex told the family members that after the meeting at the office of DC Ukhrul on February 13 around 2 pm, an unidentified person abducted the six persons and took them away in the Gypsy jeep in which the officials had come.He also asked those responsible to give reasons for the inhuman and brutal killing by bludgeoning on the head with spades and stones while the hands of the deceased were tied and their eyes blindfolded.He also asked the SDC Ukhrul what they were doing while the six persons were captured. The JAC also warned that if the culprits including the other three staffs were not produced within 48 hours they would undertake a strong agitation by joining hands with the civil organisations of Manipur.The JAC also expressed that they would not take the dead bodies until the culprits were brought out before the public.Regarding the incident, roads at Uripok and Yumnam Leikai in Imphal were blocked by the locals today evening and the JAC and public of Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak staged a rally through Uripok. (Courtesy IFP)