NSCN involved in terror-funding activities, says NIA official
GUWAHATI, 15th Oct: National Investigation Agency (NIA) Inspector-General, Alok Mittal, revealed how an NSCN cadre (faction not named) was paid almost Rs 2.15 crore for his involvement in weapons haul in February this year, reports CNN-News18. Bihar Police had recovered Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), AK-47 assault rifles and live cartridges in Purnia from an SUV.
“It was an organised racket. Weapons from Myanmar reached NSCN cadres first and then to Bihar’s organized criminals or arms trafficking gangs who later supplied to Left Wing Extremist (LWE) groups. On interrogation of an NSCN cadre, it was found that funds were transferred through banking channels.
Almost Rs 2.15 crore was transferred to the NSCN cadre’s account from ban,” said NIA IG Alok Mittal on Purunia incident while addressing an event in New Delhi.
The NIA officer said the accused gang was also involved in selling fake arms licenses and creating fake Nagaland ID proofs for Bihar residents and equipping them with weapons.
Speaking about the insurgent outfits in Northeast, including NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K), the NIA IG said that 50 cases have been registered against the proscribed outfits of which ten cases are related to terror-funding. He further added that extortion activities by militant groups for fund generation continues till date. “Cases have been registered against Northeast militant groups – NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, United National Liberation Front of Manipur (UNLF), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) for the attack on security forces, targeting political leaders,” Mittal said.
He said ten cases are related to terror-funding and the modus operandi for fund generation remains the same. “They carry out extortion activities in an organized manner and also divert government funds for such activities. In many cases, government servants have also been found involved, and ten of them have been charge-sheeted,” said Alok Mittal.
He further said that the Northeast rebel groups have their bases and training camps in other countries from where some of them have been arrested.
On the occasion, NIA Director General YC Modi DG also stressed the need of close co-operation between state polices and central agencies in order to effectively curb the menace of terrorism.
A presentation on ‘Overview of Investigation in Terror Cases’ was also made by the NIA. The conference has been organised by NIA had detailed discussions on different issues related to terror crime investigation such as terror funding, radicalization and cyber forensics as well as prosecution would be held. The delegates/panellists attending the conference include heads of state ATS/STF and officers of the central agencies.