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Chinese links to arms procured by Manipur terror group?

The National Investigation Agency has exposed a nexus between men of Chinese-origin and Manipur-based banned terror group United National Liberation Front (UNLF).



Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency
has exposed a nexus between men of Chinese-origin and
Manipur-based banned terror group United National Liberation
Front (UNLF), alleging that the organisation was sourcing its
arms from neighbouring countries through those people.

The agency also found during its investigation that
members of UNLF were using satellite phones for extortion to
avoid scrutiny of central security agencies and had expanded
this business across Assam and Manipur.

"Investigation conducted by NIA has revealed that UNLF
made some attempts to procure weapons with the help of some
persons of Chinese origin," an official spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

In its charge sheet against self-styled Chairman R K
Meghen and 18 other members of UNLF before a special court,
NIA accused them of waging war against the country, extortion
and illegal purchase of sophisticated weapons from
neighbouring countries bordering India.

The agency accused the members of raising funds by
resorting to large-scale extortion from government as well as
private bodies in Manipur.

"The National Investigation Agency...has established that
these accused persons used to raise funds through extortion in
Manipur and then transfer them to countries like Nepal,
Bangladesh, and Myanmar for purchase of sophisticated arms and
ammunition to be used by UNLF," the spokesperson alleged.

Meghen is now in judicial custody. Most of the
chargesheeted persons were staying under cover in Guwahati and
furthering their cause by collecting money through extortion,
the agency said.

The Assam Police had arrested them in a coordinated
action through simultaneous searches across Guwahati on three
different occasions and recovered items like pen drives,
laptops, mobile phones carrying details of their working.

"In pursuance of the said conspiracy, the accused
persons extensively used Internet connection, mobile phones
and in some cases satellite phones also. Further evidence has
been collected pertaining to the large-scale extortion
conducted by the arrested accused persons in Manipur to raise
funds for UNLF," the official said.

NIA conducted investigation of this case collecting
evidence during last five months from different states like
Assam, Manipur, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

PTI

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