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Dimapur, July 13: Nagaland Police on Sunday arrested the wife of NSCN (IM) leader, Rayilung Nsarangbe for allegedly withdrawing Rs 4 crore from her husband’s (Rayilung) bank account a day after his arrest on July 5 last.
When contacted, Nagaland Police confirmed the arrest of Rayilung’s wife.
Earlier, the Assam Rifles (AR) along with the Nagaland Police had busted a major extortion racket operated by the NSCN-IM in Dimapur and arrested the treasurer of NSCN(IM), Rayilung Nsarngbe and his two associates on July 5.
The security forces had also recovered around Rs 1.59 crore and 2 kilogram of RDX with a large number of arms and ammunitions from the residence of the top NSCN (IM) leader Rayilung.
Reports in a national daily, Deccan Chronicle stated that the investigation of the case has now been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after reported confession from a pastor Rabi Pame, arrested with Rs 11 lakh cash, revealed that an IAS officer of Manipur was also involved in financial transaction being diverted from government funds and projects (PMGSY, NREGA etc.) and other construction works going on in Manipur and Nagaland.
Pointing out that the wife of Rayilung was arrested by Nagaland police on direction of NIA team, security sources told a national daily that the NIA sleuths have already arrived Dimapur and monitoring the investigation but in a day or two they would take over the custody of all the accused after completing legal formalities in NIA court.
Security sources told the national daily that scale of corruption could be realized by the fact that Rayilung who is a self-style colonel level worker of NSCN (IM) had acquired 800-acre land and was in possession of Rs 5.59 crore. Indicating that NIA was trying to trace the recipient of Rs 4 crore that Rayilung managed to withdraw from the bank with the help of his wife, security sources said that the NIA investigation would open the Pandora’s box of the ongoing extortion and loot of public money in Nagaland and Manipur.
Admitting that some forces deliberately delayed the NIA’s entry into the investigation, security sources said that NIA team had arrived Dimapur on July 6 to be the part of investigation but in the name of COVID formalities they could not join the investigation.
Security sources said that a day after on July 7 Rayilung managed to withdraw Rs 4 crore from his bank account in Dimapur with the help of his wife. (Page News Service)