Dimapur, February 8: National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested one Masasosang Ao, residence of Dimapur in RC-26/2019/NIA/DLI at NIA HQ Delhi on February 7 last. He was produced before the NIA Special Court, New Delhi today and taken into police custody for further investigation.
According to a press release issued by NIA, Case RC-26/2019/NIA/DLI pertains to terror funding of NSCN (IM) in which seizure of Rs 72 lakhs in cash was made on December 17, 2019 from Alemla Jamir, wife of Phungthing Shimrang, ex-army chief of Naga National Army and an executive member of Steering Committee of NSCN (IM), at Domestic Airport, New Delhi.
During investigation it was established that the money was part of a “bigger criminal conspiracy” relating to channelizing of the extorted levy amount collected from businessmen/contractors of Nagaland and neighbouring states and the amount was being used for furtherance of terror activities of NSCN (IM).
During further searches, Rs 1.2 crores were seized and more than three dozen bank accounts having deposits of more than Rs 3 crores suspected to be terror funds of NSCN(IM) have been identified.
NIA stated that investigation revealed Masasosang Ao is a close associate of main accused Alemla Jamir and is actively involved in transfer/mobilization of terror funds for NSCN (IM).
Investigation is on in the case.
(Page News Service)