KOHIMA: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, on August 8, claimed that the state has the lowest number of recorded crimes, especially those against women.
Highlighting the Naga people’s integrity, upright nature, truthfulness, and hard work, Rio credited the state’s robust customary law and strong traditional community system for maintaining order. These attributes, he stated, explain the minimal recorded cases in police stations.
Speaking at the inauguration of 16 CCTV cameras in seven police stations in the Kohima district, Rio stressed that this modernisation effort will enhance public trust in the police force, combat allegations of misconduct, and usher in transparency.
“The installation of the CCTVs will make transparent happening in the police stations. It will be a deterrent for the police and also civilians as they will be watched. The installation of the CCTVs will make the police personnel alert and strengthen their relationship with the general people,” the chief minister was quoted as saying.
A CCTV has been installed at the women police station in Kohima and more will be installed in 73 police stations across 15 districts the state, he added.
With CCTV installations planned across the state’s police stations, Rio envisioned a stronger bond between police and the public and expressed hope that collaborative efforts will help eliminate drug trafficking.
He extended gratitude to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for funding the CCTV project in line with a Supreme Court directive. Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton echoed Rio’s sentiments and said that these cameras will curb misuse of power, protect human rights, and provide a secure avenue for reporting crimes.
Most importantly it will give a sense of security to the common public to approach the police for reporting crimes, he added.