Former Nagaland DGP Rupin Sharma

Nagaland DGP Rupin Sharma has directed Dimapur police patrolling parties to wear body-worn cameras while on patrolling duty with immediate effect. At least one member of all the patrolling parties must wear body-worn cameras, he said.

Reviewing law and order and security situation in Dimapur in Commissioner of Police office here on Thursday, the DGP also directed that mobile vehicle patrols and the QRTs be fitted with car dash-cameras by April 9, a Nagaland police release said on Friday evening. He also informed that more CCTV cameras would be installed in Dimapur in the coming days among other security measures.

These measures have been initiated to ensure an environment which is safer and more secure for citizens and residents of Dimapur, the release said.

Similar measures will be put in place in Kohima too next week.

Nagaland DGP’s direction to tighten security in Dimapur comes after two persons, including a 45-year-old woman, were shot at by unknown miscreants in extortion-related incidents in different locations in the town on March 22 and 23.

Intermittent cases of extortion and shooting besides abduction of businessmen are reported in the state, especially in Dimapur and Kohima. Businessmen and government servants, barring security forces and police, are victims of extortion.

Though there is a clear direction to Commissioner of Police (CP), Dimapur and the district superintendents of police (SPs) to register criminal cases against any group, factions or individuals making illegal demands which are accompanied by fear, threat, intimidation or coercion, there seems to be no let up in extortion cases in the state.

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