Another arrest has been made in connection with the Trans-Arunachal Highway scam. The Special Investigation Cell (SIC) has nabbed the former manager of Central Bank of India’s Ziro branch Tage Tania.

Tania was arrested from Jorhat in Assam and is currently under police custody for seven days.

Speaking to Northeast Live, Special Investigation Cell SP M Harsha Vardhan informed that the arrest was done after they caught hold of strong evidence against Tania and he allegedly conspired with the then DC in embezzling funds.

He also informed that the other three who were arrested in connection with the scam has been released on bail.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) President Bengia Tolum came down heavily on the SIC and government for allegedly killing time in the investigation. He alleged that the arrests made so far are just an eye wash to fool people.

The ambitious Trans-Arunachal Highway project in the state’s Lower Subansiri area has been mired in a land compensation controversy. The scam is considered to be one of the biggest in the history of Arunachal Pradesh with the compensation amount totaling to around Rs 188 crore.

After being cornered by allegations from various quarters and demands for CBI investigation into the matter, the state government had handed over the case to the SIC last year.

Accordingly, the cell had earlier this year arrested an assistant and junior engineer of Public Works department and an agriculture development officer of Yachuli circle in connection with the scam.