Last week’s Dimapur incident, which led to the lynching of a rape-accused person by a mob that had barged into the Central Jail premises, was “taken lightly” in the initial stages and that was how it turned into a serious issue, Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang said in Kohima on Friday evening. He also regretted that the Dimapur incident had revealed security lapses and failure of the administration.
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Zeliang, who addressed DCs and SPs of the state on law and order at Kohima on Friday evening said the state had faced certain incidents in recent times which had posed a challenge to all concerned. Citing the examples such as incidents that occurred in Dimapur and Teunsang, the chief minister said that “those incidents were taken lightly in the initial stages and that was how it turned into serious issues.”
Asking officers to consider taking preventive measures seriously, chief minister Zeliang said the administration and police were facing new types of challenges in dealing with situations specially pertaining to the social media. He also said that due to rumours swarming in the social networking sites, had caused serious side-effects and there was a need to deal with such situations effectively, an official press release said.
Regretting that the Dimapur incident had revealed security lapses and failure of the administration, Zeliang asked officials to be more proactive, efficient and uphold the constitution. There was also a need to improve the intelligence network, while officers needed to be more alert and vigilant, he said.
State Home Minister Y Patton on the other hand said the state police did not have a non-lethal crowd control mechanism to handle the kind of unprecedented situation that had arisen in Dimapur last week. Crowd control infrastructure and anti-riot equipment should be made available for the state police at the earliest, he said, asking the police headquarters to submit a proposal to the government at the earliest.