Imphal, Aug. 22: The People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak today denied the National Investigation Agency’s allegations that alleged Manipuri militant Hemant Sharma, who was arrested by the state police earlier, was a cadre of the outfit.
A team from the NIA had tracked down an apartment and bank accounts of Sharma, who had been arrested in Manipur, in Calcutta yesterday.
Terming the report (published in The Telegraph on August 22, 2013) as baseless, the Prepak in a clarification issued here today, said it was an attempt on the part of the NIA to defame the party.
The statement signed by Leibak Ngakpa Luwang, the publicity and propaganda assistant secretary of the party, said Prepak and its military wing, Red Army, had no cadre named Hemant Sharma.
“Prepak has till now no policy or plan to open a bank and invest money in Kangleipak (Manipur) or outside,” the statement added.
The party spokesperson said Sharma was earlier arrested as a cadre of another “revolutionary party”. He, however, did not mention the name of the party.
The statement said linking the name of Sharma with Prepak was an attempt to tarnish the image of Prepak and also to create a controversy between Prepak and other organisations.
The NIA alleged that Sharma was a member of Prepak and had invested several lakhs of rupees in Calcutta. He had allegedly kept a huge sum in accounts he had opened with different Calcutta-based private banks and had purchased the entire third floor of a residential building by investing more than Rs 1 crore.