NIA summons three officials in Nagaland CM’s office
The NIA had registered the case in August 2016 against the banned NSCN-K for extortion and unlawful collection from individuals and organisations.india Updated: Feb 13, 2018 23:09 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued summons to three officials in Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang’s office in connection with a probe into extortion rackets in the state. Those summoned included Zeliang’s officer on special duty (OSD) and two public relation officers. The NIA has asked them to appear in its Guwahati office on February 15.
People familiar with the development said the names of three officials came up during probe into a case registered in connection with the payments being made to National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) — NSCN-K — from state government funds. The agency had filed a charge sheet in the case last year.
The NIA had registered the case in August 2016 against the banned NSCN-K for extortion and unlawful collection from individuals and organisations.
The Nagaland CM’s office did not officially react to the summons. Nagaland goes to polls on February 27.
According to the NIA, the case pertains to “large scale extortion and unlawful tax collection” by NSCN-K cadres in Dimapur and Kohima. The case was registered following arrest of an NSCN-K functionary, S Khetoshe Sumi, in July 2016.
Rebel outfits in Nagaland run parallel governments and impose tax on government officials and businesses.
The NIA arrested seven Nagaland government officials last year — three in April and four in October — in connection with the case on charges of siphoning off government money to fund NSCN-K.