NIA charts new ground with drugs terror case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to take over a case involving the recent seizure of narcotics,fake currency and arms in Amritsar — one of its first cases of narco-terrorism

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 12:49:10 am

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to take over a case involving the recent seizure of narcotics,fake currency and arms in Amritsar — one of its first cases of narco-terrorism.

The Punjab Police had in July arrested five persons near the Pakistan border with arms,fake currency and narcotics. Investigations suggested that people from across the border too were involved in the smuggling,after which the Home Ministry is learnt to have written to the Punjab chief secretary that the case should be transferred to the NIA.

Set up in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks,the NIA had so far been handling cases relating to Hindu terror,Northeast insurgency and Jihadi terrorism.

A team has visited Amritsar in connection with the narco case.

The Punjab Police’s seizure comprised 11.5kg fine-quality heroin,valued at Rs 60 crore in the international market,besides Rs 5 lakh in fake Indian currency,an Italian pistol with live cartridges,and a mobile phone with a SIM card issued in Pakistan.

The Punjab Police had initially arrested three men — Dilbagh Singh,his son Bikramjit Singh and Guru Pratap Singh — with 1kg heroin,followed by two further arrests and more seizures.

The consignment had been concealed near the border but they were not able to smuggle it into India amid tight security ahead of Independence Day. The NIA is seeking the BSF’s help in identifying the smugglers’ routes.

The Punjab police had registered a case under the Arms Act,the NDPs Act and the IPC. NIA officials said that they will register their case under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the IPC.

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