NIA files charge sheet against NSCN-IM in extortion case including Tamenglong ADC Member

NIA files charge sheet against NSCN-IM in extortion case including Tamenglong ADC Member

Kohima, Dec 29, 2020: The NIA filed a charge sheet on Tuesday against five members including a self-styled colonel and his wife of the NSCN-IM, a major insurgent group in the northeast, in an extortion case in Nagaland involving an amount of over Rs 1.5 crore, an official said.

The charge sheet against the five accused was filed before a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Nagaland’s Dimapur under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act, the Arms Act, the Nagaland Security Regulation (NSR), the Passport Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act.

The NIA filed a chargesheet on Tuesday against five members including a self-styled colonel and his wife of the NSCN-IM, a major insurgent group in the northeast, in an extortion case in Nagaland involving an amount of over Rs 1.5 crore, an official said.

The chargesheet against the five accused was filed before a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Nagaland’s Dimapur under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act, the Arms Act, the Nagaland Security Regulation (NSR), the Passport Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act.

NIA press release on Tuesday stated that, chargesheet has been filed against five (5) accused persons;
(1) SS Col. (NSCN-IM) Rayilung Nsarangbe @ Pela NsaZeme,
(2) SS Pvt. (NSCN-IM) Lamcilralu @ Keyilamcilunglralu,
(3) Zingshongam Muinao @ Zingsho,
(4) Ruth Chawang @ Ruth Zeliang and
(5) Ramningle Pame @ Ramning, in connection with the FIR registered at Diphupar police station under Dimapur district in Nagaland on July 05, 2020 under various sections of the law.

‘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. (NSCN-IM) Rayilung Nsarangbe and his wife Ruth Chawang,’ NIA said.

The investigation has found a well-organised extortion racket of the NSCN-IM involving criminal intimidation of various companies undertaking road construction projects in Manipur, he added.

Government funds meant for development works were illegally diverted and collected by the NSCN-IM operatives through extortion by committing a terrorist act punishable under the UAPA, according to the official.

The 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 funds, he said.

The accused Ramningle Pame is an elected member of Autonomous Council of Tamenglong district in Manipur and has been assisting NSCN-IM in collection of the extortion amount demanded by them, NIA said.