`Rebel leader has bank deposit of $1,75,000 in Singapore`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 22:16
  
New Delhi: An arrested rebel leader from the northeast has a bank deposit of USD 1,75,000 in Singapore and took worldwide membership of Marriott hotel by paying USD 65,000, investigators have found.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that Niranjan Hojai, 'commander-in-chief' of the DHD-J or Black Widow group in Assam, has deposited the money after collecting it through extortion, sources said.

The NIA, which arrested Hojai from Nepal early this month, was looking for him in connection with the case relating to diversion of the funds of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council.

Sources said Hojai had also taken the worldwide membership of Marriott hotel after paying US 65,000 dollars, all collected through extortion in the North Cach hill district in Assam.

Hojai was one of the main accused in the case relating to militant-politician nexus in NC Hills, which was the first case of NIA, and several prominent political leaders as well as the chairman of the DHD-J, Jewel Garlosa were arrested in connection with the case, sources said.

Hojai is believed to have given crucial information to the NIA regarding militant-politician nexus in NC Hills.

Sources said the NIA reportedly unearthed the siphoning off of huge amounts of funds of the NC Hills Autonomous Council, which led to a hue and cry in Assam and finally the government was forced to entrust the CBI to investigate into five cases of financial irregularities in the Autonomous Council.

NIA, in its charge sheet, also suggested that the financial irregularities should be investigated by an agency like the CBI as it was not the mandate of the agency to investigate into such scams.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 22:16


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