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Guwahati: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at five separate locations at Dimapur in Nagaland and Imphal in Manipur in connection with the alleged terror funding of Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM and recovered Rs 82.6 lakh in cash.

The houses belonged to the relatives and close associates of Alemla Jamir, wife of Pungting Shirmrang alias James Jamir who is a member of the steering committee of NSCN-IM and also a relative of Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of NSCN-IM, an NIA official said in a statement.

On December 20, the premier investigation agency re-registered a case under relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for terror financing of NSCN-IM.

Alemla is alleged to be working for NSCN-IM and was detained at Domestic Airport T-1, New Delhi, with cash worth Rs 72 lakh by the Income Tax officials on December 17 last year and was arrested by the special cell on the same day.

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The NIA official said that
searches conducted at the premises of close associates and relatives of Alemla Jamir have led to recovery of cash of Rs 82.6 lakh, documents of different properties worth Rs 3 crore, incriminating diaries, photographs, digital devices including 15 smartphones, one hard disk, one pen drive, one memory card and four laptops. “Certain insurgency and extortion related literature as well as other incriminating documents have also been recovered during the searches,” the NIA official said.

“Searches have also revealed that unaccounted money is being used in cash for purchase of properties,” the official said, adding, “On January 10, the NIA special court, New Delhi had extended judicial custody of accused Alemla Jamir for one month.”

Pungting Shirmrang is absconding.

Earlier, on December 23 last year, NIA conducted searches at the houses of Alemla in Delhi and Dimapur in Nagaland leading to the recovery of four bullet-proof jackets, 28 prohibited ammunition of 7.62, 9mm and 12 bore, one drone along with batteries, seven bottles of expensive foreign liquor, uniform articles of Naga Army, pistol holsters, magazine pouches, prohibited wildlife articles, incriminating diaries, photographs, digital devices including Chinese smart phones, video recorder, spy cam, hard disk, pen drives, memory cards, recorded audio cassettes and a laptop.

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