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Kohima: Following Nagaland government’s directives to combat alleged illegal collection of money from vehicles at check gates and other locations in the state, an inspection team, led by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), has been constituted in Kohima.

The team was set up following an emergency meeting of the district administration, police, transport department and Information & Public Relations (IPR) department at the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office chamber in Kohima on Friday.

Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie briefed the gathering on the government’s move to strictly implement the order to check illegal collection at check gates.

All police check gates, except the existing inter-state check gates, have been directed to be closed with immediate effect, the government said in an order dated May 19. 

As per the state government’s order, an inspection team of the district was constituted with the ADC as the team leader, Additional Superintendent of Police (SP), Regional Transport Officer and the district Public Relations Officer as team members.

According to the DC, the team has been constituted to conduct regular inspection of any functional unauthorized check gates and comprehensive inspection of any illegal collection of money taking place in the district.

Highlighting the significance of the inspection team, the DC said, “The newly constituted team must ensure that all departments concerned dismantle any temporary structure or building standing at the location of unauthorized check gates within Kohima district.”

As per the directive, the check gates set up by the government departments, including the Municipal and Town Councils, shall also be immediately closed throughout the state, except the inter-state check gates which may function till May 31, 2022.

All check gates managed by any organization, group or private individual for whatsoever reasons have also been directed to be removed or closed.

In the event of additional inter or intra-district check gates required for unavoidable reasons by any department, including the police department, in any part of the state, the matter is to be referred through the AHOD/HOD concerned with justifications to the Home Department for consideration, and only after getting prior government approval, the check gate will be set up by the department concerned.

After closing the check gate at any location in compliance with this order, the concerned department will have to dismantle and completely remove any temporary structure or building standing at the location.

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