Hizb narco case: NIA files chargesheet against Punjab resident

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National Investigating Agency (NIA) Friday filed a supplementary charge-sheet against a narco-trafficker in Hizbul Mujahideen narco-militancy case.

In a statement, an NIA spokesperson said that on 30 July, NIA filed a Supplementary Charge-sheet against Manpreet Singh alias Mann r/o Amritsar, Punjab before NIA Special Court, Mohali, Punjab under Section 120B, 201 and 489-C of IPC, Sections 25 (1AA) of Arms Act and sections 21 (C), 27A and 29 of NDPS in RC-23/2020/NIA/DLI.

“The case was originally registered as case FIR No. 135/20 dated 25.04.2020 at PS Sadar, Amritsar City related to the arrest of Hilal Ahmad Shergojri and seizure of a truck and recovery of Rs 29 lakhs from his possession,” the statement said, adding that “He was an over ground worker and a close associate of Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo, the then commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in Kashmir, who had come to Amritsar to collect funds that were proceeds of narcotics sale, for furthering militant activities in J-K. NIA had re-registered the case as RC-23/2020/NIA/DLI dated 08.05.2020 and taken over the investigation. Earlier NIA had filed chargesheet against 11 accused persons in the case.”

The NIA spokesman further said that the investigation has revealed that chargesheeted accused Manpreet Singh alias Mann is a narco trafficker and he was in close contact with other co-conspirators of the case for supply of weapons and channelising the proceeds of sale of narcotics. “During search, 130 live rounds of 9mm calibre of Pakistani origin were recovered from his possession. Further investigation in the case continues,” the NIA spokesman said—(KNO)

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