FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Sept 21: Appreciating the police for arresting the extortionist Berun Camdir belonging to a students’ body from here on Friday as disclosed by Home Minister Tanga Byaling, the traders have decided not to go for its 72-hour shutter down proposed from September 22 next.
A delegation of Aruchal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) led by President Techi Lala, General Secretary Tarh chung, Spokesman Toko Tantung and chief advisor Pradeep Kumar called on Byaling on Sunday to brief him about the harlagun incident where the group blackmailed and extorted traders. “It was unthinkable but true that the group forcefully stched away product worth Rs 500 at harlagun and demanded Rs 2 lakh. Such phenomenon has forced many traders to quit the state and others would follow suit if urgent preventive steps are not taken,” they reasoned. There is vast difference between best before and expiry dates, they said while producing a letter of health department’s food unit and informed that even police was not authorized to check and seize food products without involving the food unit, which is legally authorized to do so.
Pointing out the murder of prominent traders like Logun hardware shop owner Rajendra Chaudhury and another seriously injured by four masked armed men in March 2010 and best bakery owner P Chako in 2014 while the guilty went scot free, they called for urgent steps for the security and safety of the business community to create the much desired conducive atmosphere to woo outside investors.
Taking serious exception to blackmailing and extortions of traders in various parts of the state, Byaling directed DGP S Nithiandam for taking the group into task to end lawlessness.
He gave the direction to send a louder message that law would take its own course of action against any illegal act.
Informing about the extortionist’s arrest, Byaling disclosed that he has also directed the DGP to ask all SPs to be on guard to prevent this group from disturbing and troubling the traders in any part of the state.
The ACCI team also met Capital DC Mige Kamki and SP Devender Arya and briefed them that trade and commerce sector would take a downward trend if traders are harassed this way. The delegates were assured adequate steps to redress the grievances of the traders.