NIA charge-sheets 2 for financing NSCN (IM)

NEW DELHI, Feb 15: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against two persons, including a self-styled major, for their alleged involvement in financing terror activities of Naga insurgent group NSCN (IM).
Luckin Mashangva of Dimapur, Nagaland, and Jaikishan Sharma of Tirap, Arunachal, have been named in the charge sheet filed before the special NIA court in Dimapur on Friday, the NIA said.
They have been charged under Section 120B and 384 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 17 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, it said.
The case, re-registered by the NIA on 17 September last year, relates to the seizure of Rs 10,46,100 by a special operation team of the Dimapur police on 20 August last year from the possession of Mashangva and Sharma, the premier investigation agency said.
Mashangva is a self-styled major of the NSCN (IM) and Sharma is a contractor in Tirap district of Arunachal, it said.
The duo, the NIA said, was running an organised racket of extortion from several businessmen and contractors to finance the activities of the NSCN (IM).
Sharma managed to secure tenders of government works by threat, coercion and manipulation, and then paid substantial money to the leaders of the NSCN (IM), thus raising funds for terrorist activities of the insurgent group, it said.
Mashangva and Sharma have also been charge-sheeted in a case of killing of an Arunachal MLA, the NIA said.
Further investigation was underway, the agency added. (PTI)