Terror Funding case: NIA Summons former Nagaland CM TR Zeliang

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The Naga People's Front (NPF) has sniffed a "devious game" in the National Investigation Agency's summons to former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang in a terror-funding case involving banned Naga extremist groups.

Hau said two summonses were sent to the chief minister's office on Monday - one at 12.15 am (past midnight) and another at 10.15 am - but none to his residence. The probe is underway in allegations of tax collection and extortion from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups. "I shall, therefore, be grateful if I am summoned to appear before you on another date after the session", Zeliang added.

Zeliang was chief minister of the state until last week, when Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party leader Neiphiu Rio replaced him following the Assembly elections held in February.

According to the notice issued by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, NIA, Ministry of Home Affairs, Guwahati, Zeliang has been asked to appear before him on March 13 at 1pm at NIA Hq, CGO Complex, Lodhi road, New Delhi along with documents relevant to the payments received from the government departments for the goal of answering certain questions relating to investigation of the instant case.

Former Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang is under the radar of National Investigation Agency (NIA). He has been asked to bring along documents relevant to "payments received from the government departments". "The three officers. complied and appeared before the NIA officer concerned at the Guwahati NIA branch office", the NPF said in the statement.

The agency, in its charge sheet in 2017, claimed that it had recovered incriminating documents which proved the involvement of NSCN (K) members in extortion activities done in connivance with government officials.

The matter came to light and the agency summoned the three top officials from the state government allegedly involved in the act including the Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

The case pertains to alleged extortion by groups such as NSCN (K), NSCN (IM) and Naga National Council from at least 14 government departments.

However, NPF said just a day before declaration of Assembly election results, another official from CMO was again summoned to NIA headquarters in New Delhi.