Calcutta, Aug. 20: A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) came here and traced property and bank accounts owned by a militant who was arrested earlier from Manipur.
The team, headed by an officer of superintendent of police rank, found an apartment off Prince Anwar Shah Road in the Jadavpur police station area owned by Hemant Sharma, a member of People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak).
“We came to know that Hemant invested several lakhs of rupees in Calcutta and kept a huge sum in his bank accounts that he had opened with the branches of different city-based branches of private banks. He purchased the entire third floor of a residential building by investing more than Rs 1 crore two years ago,” said an NIA official.
The agency that deals with terrorist activities across the country found at least six accounts that Hemant opened in private banks.
“We froze the accounts where nearly Rs 30 lakh was deposited,” said the official.
According to sources, the volume of money that Hemant invested in the city was part of the money that he had extorted from the Northeast.
“During interrogation, he (Hemant) confessed that Calcutta was the nearby safest and biggest city where money could be invested because police keep vigil in the other cities in the Northeast,” said another NIA officer.
The NIA sources suspect that Hemant might have invested more money in the city that he had extorted on behalf of the outfit.
“The Prepak terrorists extort money from the traders, government employees and even bureaucrats on a regular basis. They handed over a chunk of the money to their organisation’s funds and rest they take with themselves and build up personal assets. Hemant followed the same practice,” said the official.