‘Narco-militancy’ case: NIA charge-sheets 7 persons in north Kashmir​

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today said it has filed a charge-sheet against seven militants in a case related to “narco- militancy”.

In a statement issued to a news agency GNS, the NIA said it filed supplementary charge-sheet against seven arrested persons – Showkat Salam Parray son of Abdul Salam Parray resident of Parray Mohalla, Sumbal, Bandipora; Asif Gul son of Ghulam Mohd Alwaie resident of village Kanispora, Baramulla; Altaf Ahmed Shah son of Mohd Afzal Shah resident of village Dangerpora, Ganderbal; Romesh Kumar son of Thoru Ram resident of village Vijaypur, Samba; Mudasir Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Mohd Dar resident of village Wanduna, Shopian, Amin Allai @ Hilal Mir son of Hazi Ghulam Mohi-u-din Allie who lives near petrol pump, Shan-e-Kashmir National Highway Sangam and PS Bijbehera, Anantnag; and Abdul Rashid son of Mohammad Abdullah Badan resident of village Amrohi, Tanghdhar, Kupwara – in “RC-03/2020/NIA/JMU under sections 8 read with 21, 25 and 29 of NDPS Act, 1985; section 120B of IPC and sections 17, 38 and 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967 in NIA Special Court, Jammu”.

The agency said the case was initially registered in Police Station Handwara as case FIR no. 183/2020 dated 11.06.2020 wherein during checking of vehicles at Kairo Bridge, Handwara, the accused Abdul Momin Peer was intercepted by police naka party while coming from Baramulla in his Hyundai Creta vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, cash amounting to Rs 20,01,000 and 2 kgs of heroin was recovered and seized, the statement said, adding that further interrogation of Peer led to recovery of 15 kgs of heroin and cash amounting to Rs 1.15 crore.

NIA had reregistered the case as RC-03/2020/NIA/JMU on 26.06.2020 and taken over the investigation, it said.

The NIA said the investigation has established that the above seven charge-sheeted accused persons were part of a “deep-rooted conspiracy” for procuring and selling narcotics drugs and generating funds in J&K and other parts of India in close association with operatives of banned militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) “based across the border in Pakistan”.

The funds so generated were pumped for furtherance of militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir through a network of over ground workers (OGWs), the NIA said, adding that it had earlier filed a charge-sheet against six accused persons on 05.12.2020 in this case.

The investigation into the case continues, the NIA said.

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