Extortion probe: NIA summons former Nagaland CM TR Zeliang

TR Zeliang

The NIA is probing how funds meant for the Nagaland government allegedly went to the armed group NSCN (K) and other terrorist organisations.

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The NPF Bureau said casting aspersions on the integrity of a man who wanted peace and harmony in Nagaland and in the Northeast as having committed crimes against the nation by an investigating agency instituted to investigate terror activities, "was most perplexing". "I shall, therefore, be grateful if I am summoned to appear before you on another date after the session", Zeliang added. The probe is underway in allegations of tax collection and extortion from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups.

The former chief minister TR Zeliang, has been summoned to Delhi March 13 the National Investigation Agency in connection with a probe related to alleged "tax collection" and "extortion" from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups.

NPF said the whole development raised very serious questions as to whether a "well-webbed political vendetta" was being played out against Zeliang who "championed and was ready to sacrifice for the cause of Naga people and their 70 decades struggle".

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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.

"However, just a day before the declaration of the assembly elections result, one of the officers from CMO was again summoned to appear before the NIA investigating officer. he was repeatedly interrogated for five days from morning till late evening, until the day TR Zeliang resigned from the office of chief minister", the NPF said in the statement.

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.

S. Khetoshe Sumi, a senior cadre of NSCN (K), was apprehended by the Assam Rifles in Dimapur on July 31, 2016, according to the NIA.

The Agency has asked the leader to appear before the NIA officials in the National Capital on March 13.

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