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Arms drop case: NIA seeks more time to produce drones

The probe agency also moved an application, seeking extension of judicial custody of the accused which was granted by the NIA court. The accused will remain in the judicial custody till December 5.

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In September, Punjab Police claimed that drones from Pakistan dropped weapons near Khalra village in Tarn Taran district. (Representational Image)

The NIA has sought more time to produce the drones recovered from Indo-Pak border in September this year. The accused in the case were produced in the special NIA court on Thursday.

Accused Akashdeep Singh, Shubhdeep Singh, Romandeep Singh, Sajanpreet Singh, Balwant Singh, Balbir Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Maan Singh and Gurdev Singh were produced through video conferencing.

The probe agency also moved an application, seeking extension of judicial custody of the accused which was granted by the NIA court. The accused will remain in the judicial custody till December 5.

The NIA also sought time for filing reply to the application which was moved by defence counsel Brijinder Singh Loomba for production of case property including the drones. The court will hear the application on December 5.

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In September, Punjab Police claimed that drones from Pakistan dropped weapons near Khalra village in Tarn Taran district. Police recovered five AK-47 rifles, pistols, satellite phones and hand grenades were seized.

The case was transferred to NIA in October this year following which the agency interrogated the accused in the case. Punjab Police found that the arms were dropped by the Pakistan based Khalistan Zindabaad Force (KZF) for targeting high profile people and religious places.

The NIA found that it was a new way to smuggle weapons in Punjab to destablise the peace of the state and to revive pro-Khalistan groups in the state.