NIA conducts searches at 6 locations in Jammu, Punjab in narco-terror case

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Jammu (NVI): National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at six locations– five in Jammu district and one in Tarn-Taran district of Punjab– in connection with a narco-terror module case in which about 61 kg of heroin along with arms and ammunition was seized at International Border at Arnia in Jammu in September last year.

“Originally registered as case FIR number 65/2020 dated 20.09.2020 at Police Station Arnia, District Jammu, under sections 307, 120B & 121 IPC and 7 & 25 Arms Act in connection with unprovoked firing at a police patrolling party from Pakistan side to provide cover for the smuggling activity, sections 8 r/w 21 & 29 NDPS Act and 13, 17 & 18 UA (P) Act were added subsequently during investigation. The case was re-registered by NIA on 26.11.2020 and taken up for investigation,” read an official statement by NIA.

The searches were conducted at the residences of six accused persons identified as Jasraj Singh, Sham Lal, Bishan Dass, Ajeet Kumar, Gurbaksh Singh and Gurpartap Singh. These persons were arrested for hatching a criminal conspiracy for carrying out anti-national and unlawful activities, and to help the terrorist organisations by collecting funds and channelising the proceeds of drugs for furthering the activities of such terrorist organisations like Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), the NIA said in its statement.

The investigation agency further said that Gurpratap Singh of Tarn-Taran district is the kingpin of this module. In the second week of September, 2020, Gurpratap Singh had received 10 kg of heroin from Pakistan based handlers through his associates. The consignment in the instant case was also intended to be received by Gurpratap Singh to fund the activities of BKI in Punjab, NIA said.

It said that during the searches conducted today, digital devices and other incriminating documents having financial details and account numbers have also been seized for further scrutiny and analysis.