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Extortion case: NIA files chargesheet against 5, including NSCN (IM) cadres

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Dimapur, December 29: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed chargesheet before the NIA Special Court, Nagaland Dimapur against 5 accused persons in the case RC-02/2020/NIA-GUW arising out of FIR No. 0074/2020 dated 05.07.2020 of Diphupar Police Station, Dimapur, Nagaland under section 120B of IPC, section 17,18 & 21 of the UA (P) Act, section 5 (b) of the Explosive Substance Act, section 25 (1A) read with 35 of Arms Act, section 7 & 8 of Nagaland Security Regulation (NSR), Section 12 of Passport Act and Section 6 of Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act.

According to a press release issued by the NIA, the chargesheeted accused are ‘SS’ Col. (NSCN-IM) Rayilung Nsarangbe alias Pela alias Pela NsaZeme; ‘SS’ Pvt (NSCN-IM) LamciIralu alias Keyilamcilung Iralu alias Lamci alias Lamcilung; Zingshongam Muinao alias Zingsho; Ruth Chawang alias Ruth Zeliang alias Rago Chawang and Ramningle Pame alias Ramning.
The case relates to the recovery of Rs. 1,58,72,800 along with illegal arms, ammunition, explosives, and incriminating documents, from the residential premises of ‘SS’ Col. Rayilung Nsarangbe of NSCN (IM) and his wife Ruth Chawang.
The NIA stated that the investigation of the case has revealed well organized extortion racket by NSCN (IM) involving criminal intimidation of various companies undertaking road construction projects in Manipur. The developmental funds of the Government have been illegally diverted in an organised manner and collected by NSCN(IM) operatives through extortion by committing a terrorist act punishable under UA(P) Act, it added.
Investigation has further revealed that NSCN (IM) has also laundered the proceeds of terrorism into various financial instruments and real estate investments in the process of layering of the extorted fund, the NIA stated.
It further said accused Ramningle Pame is an elected member of Autonomous Council of District Taemnglong, Manipur and has been assisting NSCN(IM) in collection of the extortion amount demanded by them.
Further investigation in the case continues, the NIA stated. (Page News Service)