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NIA attaches property of terrorists

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the first time has attached property of alleged terrorists. The attachment of properties were in connection to the banned Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) terrorist outfit of Manipur.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2011 21:10 IST
Amitava Banerjee

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the first time has attached property of alleged terrorists. The attachment of properties were in connection to the banned Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) terrorist outfit of Manipur.

An NIA team led by chief investigating officer Lhary Lhatoo Dorjee conducted the attachments. The properties attached include a three storied building along with 27 Poles of land in Sumaram Bustee in Kurseong, West Bengal, in the name of one Neera Tamang which was attached on November 2; 17 kathas of land located at Dabgram mouza under the Bhaktinagar Police Station, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, estimated at Rs 1 Crore approximately in the name of one Kangujam Rabi Kumar Singh of Manipur. A Scorpio SUV belonging to one Saraswati Rai (who is presently out on bail) under the Matigarah Police Station will shortly be attached also.

Prior to this on August 18, the NIA had attached a flat in the name of one Tambi wife of self styled KYKL commander Ningthoujam Tomba located at Punija Enclave, RGB Road, Guwahati (estimated cost Rs. 65 lakh) along with another three bed room flat in the name of one Ashalata wife of CH Robert (estimated cost Rs. 70 lakhs) located at Pink Arcade, KC Sen Road, Guwahat, Assami. 13 different bak acounts operational in different names have already been frozen.

Self styled KYKL commander 57 year old Ningthoujam Tomba along with two 18 year old Manipuri girls Sorokkhaibam Memcha Devi and N Rama Chanu and a local woman 28 year old Saraswati Rai had been arrested from Khaprail More under the Matigarah police station in the Darjeeling district bordering the Siliguri town, in a joint operation conducted by the Darjeeling police and a Manipur police commando team on March 15, 2010.

1 satellite phone, 6 cell phones, 1 laptop, multiple external hard disk drives and compact disks along with indiscriminating documents had been recovered from their possession. On April 24, 2010 the case had been handed over to the NIA.

Tomba’s associate Sorokybam Menjor Singh and his wife Neera Tamang had been arrested from Kurseong on August 16. Menjor Singh and his wife have been charged for allegedly raising funds through extortion for terrorist activities in the name of KYKL and used to transfer the extorted funds in Tomba’s account.

Along with this they had allegedly provided a safe haven for Tomba and his associates to operate by allowing them to reside in a three storied house belonging to Neera Tamang in Upper Dumaram Bustee in Kurseong town in the Darjeeling Hills. The Kurseong house was allegedly being used as a base camp for the KYKL leaders and cadres to carry out clandestine operations in Nepal, India and elsewhere. Even ailing cadres used to put up in this house for treatment.

The NIA claims that the extorted funds had been used to buy the plot of land and build the three storied house in Kurseong. Interestingly Tomba allegedly had bought 17 kathas of land in Dabgram in the name of Kangujam Rabi Kumar Singh. Along with these there were multiple bank accounts in which the extorted amounts running into Crores of Ruppes had been transferred.

On September 8, 2010, the NIA had filed chargesheet against 7 alleged KYKL terrorists at the District and Sessions Court in Darjeeling for waging war against the state. Only Rabi Kumar Singh was absconding but was later arrested. All are wanted in multiple cases in Manipur also.

The Manipur government had earlier announced a cash award of Rs 5 Lakh on Tomba stated Binod Agarwal, public prosecutor, Darjeeling Court.

Sources state that the NIA has adopted a strategy of hitting the economics of the terrorist outfit. The investigating agency is working on cutting off the supply of funds, the extortion rackets and even the large investments in various companied by the leaders of this banned outfit. The attachment of properties is part of this strategy.