October 21, 2020 5:43:30 am
The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in opposition to slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Riyaz Naikoo and 9 others in a case of narco-terrorism by which cash allegedly earned by way of heroin smuggling was funnelled into terror actions.
Aside from Naikoo, killed in an operation by safety forces in Could in Kashmir, the opposite chargesheeted have been recognized as Hilal Ahmed Shergojri from Pulwama and Zafar Hussain Bhat from Anantnag—suspected to have fled to Pakistan. Bikram Singh, Maninder Singh, Ranjit Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Iqbal Singh from Amritsar, and Ranjit Singh and Jaswant Singh from Gurdaspur are additionally chargesheeted.
The case arose from Shergojri’s arrest by Punjab Police in April with Rs 29 lakh. The probe was later handed over to the NIA.
“Throughout investigation…it emerged that accused Hilal, who had come to Amritsar to gather the quantity of Rs 29 lakh, was a member of proscribed terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and a detailed affiliate of Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, the then HM commander of Kashmir Valley. This led to busting of a significant narco-terror module concerned in smuggling and promoting of heroin in India and channelising of drug proceeds to Pakistan by way of hawala and to the HM terrorists primarily based in J&Okay,” the NIA mentioned quoting its chargesheet.
The company claimed its probe unearthed a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based HM commanders and their associates in Punjab to assist the fear infrastructure of HM in India by elevating cash by way of drug smuggling.
“Throughout investigation, it emerged that the accused had obtained a minimum of six consignments of heroin by way of Attari Indo-Pakistan Border within the garb of importing rock salt granules from Pakistan. Of those, cash proceeds of 5 consignments have been partly despatched again to Pakistan by way of hawala operators whereas a considerable portion was channelised to HM terrorists in Kashmir by way of a community of OGWs and different associates. In July 2019, sixth consignment of round 532 kg of heroin was seized at Attari border and a separate case was registered, which was investigated and chargesheeted by NIA,” it mentioned.
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