New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at at six places in Chatra district and one place in Ranchi in Jharkhand in connection with the Magadh Amrapali Colliery terror-funding case on Friday, reported news agency IANS.
The case pertains to raising of terror funds and money laundering by a splinter group of the proscribed Communist Party of India-Maoist in Maoist-affected states of Jharkhand and Bihar.
Some of the locals had formed an illegal operating committee in the coal region of Amrapali, Magadh reported the news agency adding that the group had been working for Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), declared an unlawful association by the Jharkhand government.
“They were raising illegitimate funds from the contractors, transporters, DO holders and coal businessmen for TPC leaders Gopal Singh Bhokta, Mukesh Ganjhu, Kohram, Akrman, Anischay Ganjhu, Bhikan Ganjhu, Deepu Singh alias Bhikan and Bindu Ganjhu,” the National Investigation Agency official said, quoted by the news agency.
The case was initially registered back in the year 2016 by a police station in Chatra, but later the National Investigation Agency took over the probe in 2018
“During the searches conducted on Friday at the premises of suspects, firearms, ammunition, Rs 3,66,000 cash, 11 vehicles, incriminating documents and digital devices have been seized,” the NIA official said.
Further investigation in the matter is on.