The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has filed a 14,000-page chargesheet towards ten accused individuals in Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) Narcotics-terror case Which hyperlinks the Jammu and Kashmir union territory to Punjab drug cartel and terrorism.
The HM narcotics module
The module concerned smuggling consignments of heroin by Attari at Indo-Pakistan Border within the garb of importing rock salt granules from Pakistan. A part of the drug cash earned by the modus operandi would go into funding proscribed banned terror organisation Hizbul Mujahhideen. The remainder of the cash would go into establishing drug cartels in J&Okay.
NIA investigation into the case
The NIA sleuths filed the chargesheet in NIA Particular Court docket at Mohali, Punjab. Amongst the ten accused, seven have been arrested, two are absconding and Hizb Commander Riyaz Naikoo has been named within the chargesheet.
Naikoo was eradicated by safety forces in an encounter in Might this 12 months. The investigation bore fruit concurrently with NIA discovering out a couple of cash path. The Punjab route was thought-about safer for narco terror.
An officer of NIA informed, “Via this one case we’ve found different modules functioning in Jammu and Kashmir. So the leads within the case have introduced fruitful outcomes.”
Punjab police registered the case in April this 12 months after the arrest of Hilal Ahmed Shergojri a 35-year-old resident of Pulwama from Amritsar. Punjab police additionally made restoration of Rs. 29 lakh from his possession. Two weeks later, NIA took up the investigation of the case in Might.
Through the investigation by NIA, it emerged that accused Hilal, who had come to Amritsar to gather the quantity of Rs 29 Lacs, was a member of proscribed terrorist group Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) and a detailed affiliate of Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo– the then HM commander of Kashmir Valley. This led to the busting of a serious Narco-terror module concerned in smuggling and promoting of Heroin in India and channelising of drug-proceeds to Pakistan by hawala and to the HM terrorists based mostly in J&Okay.
The investigation additionally unearthed the conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based HM commanders and their associates and terrorist gangs in Punjab to help and increase the fear infrastructure of HM in India by elevating cash by drug smuggling/drug pedalling.
Attari border used for smuggling
Through the investigation, it emerged that the accused had obtained not less than six consignments of heroin by 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 hawala operators whereas a considerable portion was channelized to HM terrorists in Kashmir by a community of Over Floor Staff (OGWs) and different associates. In July 2019, the sixth consignment of round 532 Kgs of heroin was seized at Attari Border and a separate case was registered, which was investigated and charge-sheeted by NIA.
Through the investigation, NIA carried out searches at 15 areas belonging to the suspects and accused in Punjab, Haryana and J&Okay. Thus far, INR 98.5 lacs, eight autos and three Kgs of heroin have been seized from the accused and investments value many crores have been recognized. Throughout searches, incriminating paperwork associated to Benami properties and digital devices together with cell phones, pen drives and laptops have been seized and forensically examined. Many incriminating chats between accused individuals have been recovered from the seized digital units.