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NIA summons ex-Nagaland CM in 'terror funding' case

IANS  |  New Delhi 

has summoned former for questioning in connection with an alleged "tax collection and terror funding" case, an said on Monday.

The case pertains to alleged extortion by groups such as NSCN(K), NSCN(IM) and from at least 14 government departments.

Zeliang has been asked to appear at the headquarters here on Tuesday with relevant documents.

Ahead of the Assembly election in the state, had summoned Zeliang's on Special Duty and two of his office staff for questioning in connection with the alleged terror funding case.

On January 18, 2017, had conducted searches in various government departments in and seized receipts that showed payments to the tune of Rs 2 crore.

The agency had said that these prima facie indicate the connivance of these government organisations in funding various underground organisations operating in

According to sources, these departments include the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings, and

S. Khetoshe Sumi, a senior cadre of NSCN(K), was apprehended by the Assam Rifles in Dimapur on July 31, 2016, according to the NIA.

Sumi reportedly revealed that he was the organisation's "in-charge of finance" and his key responsibility was to collect funds through illegal taxation of various government departments, the NIA said.

The NIA probe into government workers and underground funding is a sensitive subject in Nagaland.

In November 2017, massive protests rocked Kohima after seven government officials were reportedly arrested for funding underground groups, called Naga National Political Groups, through taxation.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 12:22 IST