IMPHAL, Feb 15: (MIC) National Investigation Agency has filed charge-sheet against 19 members of the banned terrorist organisation United National Liberation Front (UNLF) of Manipur in the Special Court of National Investigation Agency, Guwahati for their involvement in waging war against the country, raising funds by resorting to large scale extortion from Government as well as private bodies in Manipur and for trying to procure arms and ammunition from foreign countries in FIR no 10/10 under sections 120(B), r/w sections 121, 121(A),122 of IPC ,16, 17, 18,18A, 18B and 20 of UA(P) Act,1967 as amended in 2008.
During investigation, National Investigation Agency arrested the self-styled chairman of UNLF R.K. Meghen alias Saniyama who is now in judicial custody. Accused Meghen had a long history of evading lawful arrest and remained the principal architect of the ongoing terrorist activities carried out at the behest of UNLF in Manipur and other states.
Most of the accused persons as members of the proscribed terrorist outfit UNLF were clandestinely staying in Guwahati and indulging in raising of funds through extortion for UNLF. Since most of them are accused and wanted in Manipur, they found a convenient cover in Guwahati to further their conspiracy.
Earlier, the Assam police in raids conducted at different places in Guwahati city had arrested 18 accused persons who were members of the proscribed terrorist organization UNLF and mostly belonging to the revenue collection branch of the said outfit, on three different occasions and items like pen drives, laptops, mobile phones, Indian currency were seized from their possession.
The National Investigation Agency, during investigation on getting assistance and cooperation from Assam Police and Manipur Police, 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. 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.
Investigation conducted by NIA has revealed that UNLF made some attempts to procure weapons with the help of some persons of Chinese origin.
NIA conducted investigation of this case which involved meticulous collection of evidence for the last five months in several places involving different states like Assam, Manipur, Bihar and UP.