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    Region: NSCN (IM) denies indulging in Extortion

    The outfit added that such taxes were legitimately acknowledged by the earlier Interlocutors and Indian authorities and it was never an issue

    Guwahati: After Nagaland governor RN Ravi alleged of law and order collapse and extortions by operation of gangsin the state, the NSCN-IM on Saturday refuted the charges and said that NSCN has never committed extortion drives but levied legitimate taxes from the people.

    In a statement, NSCN-IM stated, “What is significantly important is the inherent right of any sovereign people and nation to collect taxes from the people and commercial establishments. This is the universal practice as seen all over the world. Taxes have been the sources of sustenance that has brought the Naga political movement this far.”

    The outfit added that such taxes were legitimately acknowledged by the earlier Interlocutors and Indian authorities and it was never an issue.

    “What has complicated the situation as seen today is the madness of ‘extortions’ that are being carried out by some groups in the guise of freedom fighters. NSCN did not and does not commit extortion at any point of time but levies legitimate taxes from the people,” it said.

    Earlier, in a letter to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Ravi had proposed important law and order decisions like transfers and postings of officials entrusted with maintenance of law and order will be only after the approval of the Governor.

    The Governor has also proposed to periodically review the law and order in the state and issue required lawful directions. He was appointed as interlocutor of Naga talks in 2019.

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