2 arrested in raids by probe agency NIA across 4 states on terror funding case against banned outfit PLFI


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested two men after conducting raids across four states in connection with an extortion case linked to the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI). The probe agency also recovered and seized an Indian Army uniform along with arms, ammunition, incriminating devices, documents, cash, and jewellery in the raids.

The arrested individuals and suspects targeted by the NIA in its crackdown were all cadres and sympathisers of the PLFI, a banned terrorist organisation in Jharkhand. They were involved in a conspiracy to carry out violent acts and commit terrorist activities.

A total of 23 locations connected with the banned outfit and the accused were searched across Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and New Delhi as part of the NIA action. These included 19 locations in Jharkhand (Gumla, Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Palamu, and West Singhbhum districts), one location each in Bihar (Patna district) and Madhya Pradesh (Siddhi district), and two locations in New Delhi.

The two persons arrested during the raids were identified as Raman Kumar Sonu from Bihar, and Nivesh Kumar from Delhi. Both were named in the FIR registered by NIA in the case relating to the extortion/levy collection by the leaders, cadres, and sympathisers of the PLFI in various states.

During the searches, two pistols, live rounds (7.86 mm), Rs 3 lakh in cash, incriminating materials, including digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, DVR), and documents (diary and a bunch of papers), as well as gold and silver jewellery, were recovered in addition to the Indian Army uniform.

WHAT IS THE CASE?

NIA had registered the case suo moto on October 11, 2023 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the UAPA after receiving information about the financing of terrorist activities through extortion by PLFI cadres.

NIA investigations so far have revealed that cadres of the banned organisation were involved in generating funds through extortion from various coal traders, transporters, railway contractors, and businessmen in Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.

They were also conspiring to commit various terrorist activities, including attacks on security forces, murder, arson, and the use of explosives/IEDs to create terror in society.

According to the investigations, PLFI cadres were also involved in other activities, such as recruitment and procurement of arms and ammunition, apart from the collection of levies.

It was further revealed that the leaders, cadres, and sympathisers of PLFI were conspiring to revive and expand the organisation in Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and other states.

Published By:

chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Published On:

Dec 16, 2023



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