NIA files chargesheet against six accused in north Kashmir narco-militancy case

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Srinagar: National Investigation Agency on Saturday filed Charge-sheet against 6 accused in Narco- militancy-related case in special court in Jammu.

In a statement, the NIA said that it today filed Charge-sheet against 6 accused in RC-03/2020/NIA/JMU under sections 8, 21, 25 and 29 of NDPS Act, 1985, section 120B of IPC and sections 17, 38 and 40 of UA(P) Act, 1967 in the NIA Special Court, Jammu. The case pertains to seizure of 21 Kg Narcotics (Heroin) and Rs 1,35,89,850/- cash amount from the accused persons in Handwara area of Kupwara district.

The Charge-sheeted accused are Abdul Momin Peer @ Peerzada Momen resident of Waskhura, Handwara, 27 years, working as Assistant Lineman, Handwara (Arrested), Syed Iftikhar Andrabi, resident of Laribal Handwara, 50 years, working as Village level worker at Block Development office, Kupwara (Arrested), Islam-ul-Haq Peer resident of Waskhura, Handwara, 20 years, running a Sanitary shop (Arrested), Afaq Ahmad Wani, resident of Maratgam, Handwara, 40 years, working as Branch Manager in Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank, Handwara. (Arrested), Saleem Andrabi @ son of Syed Iftikar Andrabi, resident of Laribal, Handwara, 31 years, working at Bal Ashram in Handwara under Social Welfare Deptt. (Absconding) and Muneer Ahmad Banday @ Ishfaq, resident of Banday Mohalla, Handwara, 30 years, runs a cement shop in Handwara.(Absconding).

The statement further said that the case arose out of Police station Handwara case no. 183/2020 dated 11.06.2020 wherein during checking of vehicles at Kairo Bridge, Handwara, accused Abdul Momin Peer’s Creta vehicle was intercepted by the Police Naka Party. The vehicle was searched and cash amount of Rs 20,01,000/- and 2 Kg Heroin were seized. Abdul Momin Peer was arrested and following his disclosure, accused Syed Iftikar Andrabi, 50 years and Islam-Ul-Haq Peer, 20 years, were arrested. The case was re-registered by NIA as RC-03/2020/NIA/DLI on 23.06.2020 and investigation was taken up. Accused Afaq Ahmad Wani, who was on run, was arrested by NIA on 16.07.2020 on the basis of technical analysis.

Investigation revealed that accused persons including Abdul Momin Peer and Saleem Andrabi were involved in cross-border smuggling and supply of Narcotic drug Heroin in J-K and other parts of the country after procuring the same from their associates based abroad including Pakistan. Accused Iftikhar Andrabi and Abdul Momin Peer visited Pakistan several times during 2016-17 to meet the operatives of militant organisations Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen(HM). The amount generated from the sale of Heroin was pumped by the accused to further the militant activities of Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT).

Further investigation in the case is continued, reads the statement.(GNS)

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