NIA files charge sheet against 5 cadres of NSCN IM on extortion case

The charge sheet filed in Dimapur court accused Zingshongam Muinao, self-styled Private Lamci Iralu, Ramningle Pame besides self-styled Col. Rayilung Nsarangbe and Ruth Chawang.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on a press release Tuesday said it has filed charge sheet in the Special Court in Nagaland against five cadres of Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN IM) in an extortion case.

The charge sheet filed in Dimapur court accused Zingshongam Muinao, self-styled Private Lamci Iralu, Ramningle Pame besides self-styled Col. Rayilung Nsarangbe and Ruth Chawang.

The case, NIA release said is related to the recovery of around Rs 1,58,72,800 along with illegal arms, ammunition, explosives and incriminating documents from the residential premises of self-styled col. Rayilung Nsarangbe of NSCN IM and his wife Ruth Chawang.

“The investigation of the case has revealed a well-organised extortion racket by NSCN IM involving criminal intimidation of various companies undertaking road construction projects in Manipur,” NIA release said adding that the developmental funds of the government have been illegally diverted in an organised manner and collected by NSCN IM operatives through extortion by committing terrorist act punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UA (P) Act).”

The agency also said that the accused Ramningle Pame is an elected member of Manipur’s Autonomous Council of District Tamenglong and has been assisting NSCN IM in collection of the extortion amount demanded by them. It further said the “investigation revealed that NSCN IM also laundered the proceeds of terrorism into various financial instruments and real estate investments in the process of layering of the extorted fund.”

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