The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at 15 places in Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Durgapur in West Bengal in a Naxal funding case and recovered cash worth nearly Rs 1 crore in Indian and foreign currency.
"On 09.10.2018, NIA conducted searches at 15 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal in connection with LWE Terror funding case. Fifteen teams of NIA assisted by Jharkhand police carried out searches at the residences and offices of managers of different companies associated with purchase and transport of coal in Amrapali and Magadh coalfields for their alleged role in providing funds to (banned) LWE organisation TPC (Tritiya Prastuti Committee)," the NIA said in a statement.
During searches, the NIA claimed to have seized incriminating materials. Seized documents relate to payments made to Amrapali and Magadh Area Committee of TPC, bank account details and fixed deposits, deduction of levy amount, computers, hard discs, mobiles containing accounts of companies, diaries containing entries of money paid to TPC and PLFI (Peoples Liberation Front of India), cash worth Rs 68 lacs besides 10,000 Singapore dollars and $1300 along with Rs 86,000 demonetised currency notes.
The case was initially registered by the Jharkhand police on January 11, 2016 at Tandwa police station in Chatra district of the State for extortion/Levy collection/money laundering by Naxal cadres in Jharkhand and Bihar. The NIA took over the case on February 16 this year following a reference from Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalisation Division of the Union Home Ministry.
The case was booked under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Indian Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.