NSCN claims reported arrest of party fund carriers was fabricated by Indian intelligence

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DIMAPUR, June 4 (Newmai News Network): Refuting to the report of a newspaper that two Thai nationals arrested from Kolkata airport few days ago with a huge amount of cash were the carriers of the NSCN-IM, the Naga outfit today counters it by terming the report as “a matter of surprise”.According to that news report, customs officials at Kolkata airport seized $60,000 in cash from Amphai Thongthang, a 33-year-old Thai woman who landed in Kolkata from Bangkok accompanied by her sister Parcee Thongthang. “Thongthang was handed over to revenue intelligence officers who found that Thongthang, the widow of a Naga youth, was supposed to deliver the cash to an NSCN(IM) operative. Probe has also revealed that her husband was a carrier of a Naga rebel outfit. Thongthang followed him after he died in November last year. Investigation revealed that she got the cash from a Naga night club owner in Bangkok,” the news report said. “Intelligence officers believe that NSCN(IM), gets a major chunk of its total funds from Thailand and the Philippines where it enjoys considerable clout,” the news report added.Reacting to this news item, the NSCN-IM on Saturday said, “The report in some papers that two women from Thailand namely Amphai Thongthang and Parcee Thongthang are NSCN operatives has come as a matter of surprise. The Naga outfit said given the fact that the two Thai women have in-laws in India who happened to be Nagas it must be a matter of family relationship, the link that nobody can deny to them, and nothing much beyond that. Besides, NSCN is not aware of their coming to India other than the media report. “The NSCN, therefore, strongly refuted the Indian intelligence’s allegation that linked the two Thai women to NSCN,” the press note of the Naga outfit said today.It then stated that going into details of the intelligence reports NSCN-IM would never admit that the two women are used for money transactions. “Their purpose of visit to India have nothing to do with NSCN getting fund from abroad and the women doing the role of carriers. This is simply a fabrication of Indian intelligence to counter the organization in the manner bereft of any concrete evidence other than fabrication,” the press communique of the NSCN-IM said.”There is no denying of the fact that NSCN’s system of functioning involved massive expenditures. But the expenditures are met by collection from the people’s contribution in the form of tax and other commercial establishments in Nagalim,” it added. It further stated that there are no sources whatsoever generated from abroad and routed to the organization’s treasury by any means. “As part of the NSCN’s political campaign across the world activities can be visibly seen in different countries. But the expenditures are all met by the organization’s treasury and not through any other sources” the outfit clarifies. Any other conclusion made by the Indian intelligence against this goes in line with the usual practice of going overboard to smear NSCN’s name, the Naga outfit retorted.

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