The NIA (National Investigation Agency) filed a charge-sheet against seven narco- smugglers associated with Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)
The accused were identified as Gurpartap SIngh from Tarn Taran, Punjab, Sham Lal, Ajeet Kumar alias Kala, Bishan Das alias Raju, Jasraj Singh, Subhash Chander, Gurbaksh Singh from Jammu under section 8 read with sections 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Section 120B of Indian Penal Code and sections 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in the NIA Special Court, Jammu.
The NIA officials stated that the case came about in September 2020 wherein during a search in the wee hours of 20th September 2020 at International Border, near RS Pura, Jammu, heroin weighing 61 Kgs, opium weighing 1.2 Kgs along with 2 pistols, 3 magazines and 100 live rounds were recovered. The NIA had re-registered the case in November 2020 and taken up the investigation.
The NIA officials stated that the investigation in the case has revealed that the seven chargesheeted accused in this case were part of a Narco-terrorism module of terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). The prime objective of this module was to raise funds for BKI through proceeds of narcotics. Each member of this module had unique role and responsibility in execution of this conspiracy.
The officials added that the modus operandi involved smuggling of narcotics and arms/ammunition across the International Border in Jammu region and further supply and sale of the same in the state of Punjab. The proceeds of narcotics so generated were to be used for funding terrorist activities of BKI. The arms so smuggled were to be used by members of BKI for violent terrorist acts.
After the arrest of the accused, the NIA conducted searches that led to recovery of drug proceeds of Rs 9,06,300, more arms and ammunitions and other incriminating materials.
The NIA is further investigating the case continues.