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Nagaland: NIA arrests four government officers for allegedly funding banned outfits

All of them have been sent to three-day police custody.

The National Investigation Agency said on Friday that it has arrested four Nagaland government officers for allegedly diverting funds to militants belonging to the banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang). The four were produced before a special NIA court in Dimapur, and sent to three-day police custody.

“We arrested former Tourism Director Purakhu Angami, Additional Director of Agriculture V Aza, Joint Director of irrigation Hutoi Sema and fisheries superintendent Kekhriesatuo Tep in compliance with an order of the Union Home Ministry on August 17, 2016,” said NIA Deputy Superintendent of Police Jasveer Singh.

The NIA, in a press release, said the four accused had contributed government funds amounting to crores of rupees to the underground factions of the NSCN(K), the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Reformation), the Naga National Council and the Federal Government of Nagaland between 2012 and 2016.

The NIA said the role of these government officials came to light after the Assam Rifles had apprehended a senior member of the NSCN(K), Khetoshe Sumi, in Dimapur on July 31, 2016. Documents seized from Sumi and another NSCN(K) member, Victo Sumi, cadres pointed to the involvement of the government officers arrested on Friday, said the NIA.

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