NIA arrests 3 Nagaland Govt officers

NIA arrests 3 Nagaland Govt officers
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Kohima, March 25: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Guwahati today arrested three officers of Government of Nagaland for alleged involvement in paying huge amount of money to various underground groups including NSCN (K), NSCN(R), FGN/NNC and others within the period 2012-2016.
According to a NIA release, the three arrested Government officers are Director of Agriculture, Ghonivi Zhimomi, Executive Engineer of Rural Development Department, Kohima, Ketouzo Peseyie and District Accounts Officer, Directorate of Urban Development, Lendinokdang.
They were arrested “on charges of large scale extortion and illegal tax collection on behalf of NSCN(K), a the banned Naga underground faction from various Government organization and others by the cadres in Dimapur and Kohima carried out under the direction of self-styled Brigadier of NSCN(K), Isac Sumi,” the NIA stated.
NIA has accused that “the three officials in their official capacity provided substantial amount to NSCN(K) by way of contributing government funds to the banned outfit, thereby supporting NSCN(K) in furtherance of its unlawful activities”.
The NIA maintained that the allegations were revealed during the scrutiny of the official documents including demand letters and payment receipts which were seized during the search operation carried out by NIA in 13 government offices on January 1, 2017.
NIA informed that the three arrested officers would be produced before Special NIA Court in Dimapur on Monday with a request for police custody remand.
The NIA has been investigating extortion cases in Nagaland since August 2016 and former chief minister Zeliang, as a law abiding citizen of the country, is ready to co-operate with any investigating agency.
Earlier, on February 15 and 16, just before the state assembly elections, the NIA had summoned for questioning three officials to Guwahati which included the OSD, media officer and public relations officer to the then Chief Minister, Zeliang.
On March 1, just before the election results were announced, an officer of Zeliang was again summoned and interrogated for five days, from March 3 to 7 at its Delhi headquarters. (Page News Service)