Nagaland: NIA summons OSD to CM Zeliang and two others

TR Zeliang

Story highlights

  • NIA has summoned three officials serving in CM Zeliang’s ministry
  • One of them is the Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister
  • NIA is investigating the matter related to alleged terror funding

Nagaland is left with a few days for the assembly elections, meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has summoned three officials from the state government to question them on the alleged terror funding. One of these officials is Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister of Nagaland.

OSD and two PR officials are summoned

National Investigation Agency(NIA) has recently summoned three officials from the Nagaland government. One of the officials is the Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister TR Zeliang and other two are the public relations officers in his office.

The agency will question these officials on the matter of alleged terror funding case. The NIA is probing cases relating to alleged extortion by terror groups such as the NSCN (K) from 14 government organizations.

As per the sources, the departments under the radar of NIA include the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation and Directorate of Information and Public Relations.

As per the information, the officials summoned by the Investigation agency incudes Ruokuovizo Chupno, OSD to CM Zeliang and two public relations officers in his office, the names of these are not disclosed yet.

In an official statement, the agency said, “These seizures prima facie indicate the connivance of these government organizations in funding various underground organizations operating in Nagaland.”

Interestingly, the agency has come up with an investigation into the matter when the Assembly elections are scheduled in the state.

After the development of NIA, the press secretary of NPF, Sabastin Zumvu reacted and stated,  “The NIA action isn’t surprising. Since they (BJP) are no longer in coalition with us for the elections, this is what they are doing. The NIA is a Central agency and it would be fair for them to enquire into large money withdrawals by BJP candidates and their families from banks just before the elections.”

Also Read: BJP won’t come in way of ‘smooth implementation’ of Naga accord: Kiren Rijiju

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