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NIA arrests four Nagaland officials for funding rebels

IANS  |  New Delhi/Kohima 

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested three officers and a retired official for allegedly diverting funds to various rebel groups, including the Myanmar-based National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K).

"We have arrested three officers and a retired official for extortion funds on behalf of various Naga rebel groups from various agencies in the state," a top NIA official told IANS.

He said the agency is continuing with their investigation in various departments and many of them would be arrested for diverting public funds to various Naga rebel groups.

The arrested officials were identified as Additional Director of Agriculture V.

Aza, Joint Director, Irrigation Department Hutoi Sema, Superintendent cum cashier of Directorate of Fisheries Kekhriesatuo Tep besides Purakhu Angami, who retired as Director of Tourism.

The arrested persons were produced in court in Special NIA court at Dimapur and remanded to three days police custody for interrogation.

The NIA had registered a case at its Guwahati office following the directive of the Union Home Ministry dated August 17, 2016.

The central investigating agency Ahad registered the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

During the course of their investigation, the NIA had unearthed the involvement of officials in funding various Naga rebels from over 12 state departments.

Earlier, this year the NIA had arrested three officials - Joint Director/DDO, Department of Social Welfare Tulula Pongen, Joint Director/DDO, Department of Land Resources Alienba Pangjung Jamir and UDA/Cashier, Department of Land Resources K. Lashito Sheqi.



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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 20:18 IST