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NIA searches 10 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal in terror funding case

The residences and offices of close aides and companies associated with PLFI chief Dinesh Gope were searched for their alleged role in the financing of the PLFI.

NIA searches 10 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal in terror funding case

NEW DELHI: The NIA conducted searches at 10 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal Thursday in connection with a terror funding case involving the banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI).

The residences and offices of close aides and companies associated with PLFI chief Dinesh Gope in Ranchi, Gumla, Khunti and Kolkata were searched for their alleged role in the financing of the PLFI, according to an NIA spokesperson.

The National Investigation Agency seized cash approximately Rs 3.41 lakh, incriminating documents pertaining to payments/investment by PLFI chief/cadres in various firms and immovable properties, fake PAN cards and fake identity cards, bank accounts details and fixed deposits, documents showing payments made to the various shell companies, 40 mobile phones and other digital devices containing incriminating information, he said.

The seized items also included diaries containing entries of investments, he said. He said the concerned persons are being examined.

The case is related to depositing of extorted levy amount by Gope through associates namely Vinod Kumar, Yamuna Prasad, Chandra Sekhar Kumar, Nand Kishore and Mohan Kumar, who have been arrested. Gope is absconding, he said.

The operations were carried out with the support of Jharkhand and West Bengal Police, NIA spokesperson said.