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NIA charges rebels

Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against three persons belonging to the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) of Manipur.

The agency on Friday said the three militants were involved in hatching a conspiracy and raising funds by terrorising local people, government officials, owners of petrol pumps and organisations such as schools and panchayats.

The chargesheet has been filed under Sections 17, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The three accused are Laishram Ranjit Singh Meitei alias Tamnganba - self-styled commander-in-chief of KCP (People War Group), Khumanthem Naobicha Singh alias Jack - self-styled finance secretary of KCP (Lamjanba Khuman faction) and Thoudam Chaothoi Singh - an active cadre of KCP (Lamjanba Khuman faction) and a close associate of the other two.

The above accused persons were arrested in New Delhi last year. The ministry of home affairs, vide order dated October 30, 2017, directed the NIA to take up the investigation of the case. Accordingly, the NIA re-registered the case. The KCP was formed on April 13, 1980.

"Scrutiny and analysis of documents and digital devices established that the three accused persons, being members of the proscribed organisation, conspired to raise funds for carrying out subversive activities. Along with other suspects they had threatened a number of persons and victims through phone calls and mails. They conspired and intended to raise the number of cadres, further terror activities, raising terror funds, purchasing arms and ammunition and publicity of the KCP," the agency said.

The agency said involvement of another person, Paikhomba Meitei, has also emerged as one of the planners and perpetrators of the crime. He is absconding.

It said investigation is continuing under Section 173(8) of the CrPC to unearth the larger conspiracy, to collect the additional evidences and to arrest the absconders.

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