Tinsukia: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one person, Masasosang Ao, in connection with the NSCN-IM terror funding case in New Delhi.
In a press note, NIA said that the case pertains to terror funding of the insurgent group in which Rs 72 lakh in cash was seized from Alemla Jamir, wife of Phungthing Shimrang — an executive member of the steering committee of NSCN-IM and also a relative of Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of NSCN-IM, at the domestic airport in the national capital in December last year.
“During investigation it was established that this money was part of a bigger criminal conspiracy relating to channelising of the extorted amount collected from the businessmen and contractors of Nagaland and neighbouring states,” the release added.
The NIA said that the amount was being used for furtherance of terror activities of NSCN-IM. “During further searches, Rs 1.2 crore were seized and more than three dozen bank accounts having deposits of more than Rs 3 crore suspected to be terror funds of NSCN-IM were identified,” the NIA said.
“Investigation has revealed that Masasosang Ao is a close associate of main accused Alemla Jamir and is actively involved in transfer and mobilisation of terror funds for NSCN-IM,” the agency added.
The NIA produced the accused before the NIA special court in New Delhi on Saturday after which the court sent him to police custody. “Investigation is underway and interrogation of the accused is likely to throw more light,” a source in the NIA said.