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NIA to take up probe into extortion by NSCN-IM


SHILLONG: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will take over the investigation into the extortion activities carried out by the militants belonging to the NSCN (K) as the top leaders of the outfit were arrested in Jaintia Hills in May this year

A senior leader and two cadres of the rebel outfit NSCN-K were arrested in West Jaintia Hills in May.

West Jaintia Hills SP, Vive Syiem said that the NIA had made their prayer to take up the case in the court and formal orders would  be released soon.

The case will be tried by NIA Special judge in Shillong

The Special Cell of the West Jaintia Hills police  in May  had busted the outfit’s “finance cadres operating somewhere in Khliehtyrshi”.

The deputy secretary of revenue of NSCN-K, Gaising Maringmei alias Ronal  was arrested from a rented house at Mookyniang, Khiehtyrshi.

Ronal’s arrest led the police to two more cadres, Khamjang Rongmei and Thuanguangpou Kamei. Police had  seized Rs 2 lakh, SIM cards, mobile phones, documents and extortion notes from their possession.

Ronal   earlier had  told police that M/S Bharatiya Company Limited, which is involved in construction work in Manipur, had recently paid Rs 25 lakh in ransom on May 10 in West Jaintia Hills.

Of the amount, Rs 13 lakh was being transported by Ronal’s wife, Tanthaoliu Gonmai, to Imphal on May 13 by a night bus from Shillong to Dimapur. 

The information was shared along with Manipur police who then intercepted the bus and arrested Gonmai in Imphal West district and seized the extortion money.

Another cadre identified as Dimchiulungam, who is a courier of the banned outfit, was arrested from Police Bazaar with the help of Shillong police. 

It appears that the NSCN-K Finance unit is using Jaintia Hills as its safe haven to elude the scanner of the security forces and carry on its extortion activity




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