TURA, Dec 03: The traders of East Garo Hills (EGH) have accused the district Superintendent of Police (SP), Vivekananda Singh, of illegally collecting money from local traders in Williamnagar.
The matter came to light after a complaint was lodged with the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, on October 20, 2017 wherein the complainants stated that the SP had the habit of asking money from traders and not returning them.
“He has been harassing local traders through his demands and has even threatened to cancel our licenses to give to non indigenous businessmen if we do not heed his demands,” said the compliant by the group of traders from the Williamnagar Main Market, Soil Bazar and Super Market.
The markets are in three different locations across the town.
“He has the habit of demanding money from traders and now owes them lakhs of rupees. The SP never returns the money and when the traders asked he asked them to ask from other traders the money owed to them,” added the complaint.
A letter of an amount of Rs 2.5 lakhs taken from traders by the SP allegedly to cover for the expenses of the Chiading Police Station construction is also available. The letter was signed by police authorities of the Reserve though the Police Station is now on rented property.
The complainants stated that the SP demanded money on various pretexts and never returned it. He allegedly even used his office chamber to register his demands from the traders.
“When we asked him to give us written orders to ask our fellow traders for the money he owed to us, he refused. He has even threatened to cancel the traders of the government order suppliers to give them these to non indigenous businessmen,” added the complaint.
The aggrieved traders have demanded the Chief Minister for immediate removal of the SP from the district for the sake of the safety and security of businessmen as well as to stop the harassment of the people of the town.
The SP however could not be contacted for comments on the matter.