New Delhi, Apr 17- The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed charge-sheet before Jammu NIA Special Court against seven people, including a resident of Punjab, in a narco-terrorism case related to proscribed terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).
Officials in the agency said the case was related to the seizure of 61 kilograms of heroin, 1.2 kilograms of opium and a number of arms and ammunition smuggled from across the International Border in the RS Pura sector in Jammu last year.
“A charge-sheet was filed against seven narco-smugglers associated with the BKI including Gurpartap Singh, Sham Lal, Ajeet Kumar alias Kala, Bishan Das alias Raju, Jasraj Singh, Subhash Chander and Gurbaksh Singh in a NIA special court, Jammu”, the probe agency said.
Besides Gurpartap Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran in Punjab, the rest are from Jammu, the NIA officials said, adding that the accused persons have been charged under sections of section 8 read with sections 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Section 120B of Indian Penal Code and sections 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The case was registered at the Arnia police station following the recovery of the narcotic substances along with two pistols, three magazines and 100 rounds during a search operation at the International Border near RS Pura in Jammu on September 20, 2020, the officials said.
The investigation in the case has revealed that the seven accused persons were part of a narco-terrorism module of the BKI, and the prime objective of this module was to raise funds for the terror outfit through proceeds of narcotics, they said.
“Each member of this module had a unique role and responsibility in execution of this conspiracy. The modus operandi involved smuggling of narcotics and arms and ammunition from across the International Border into the Jammu region and further supply and sell the same in Punjab,” a senior NIA official said, adding that the proceeds of the sale were used for funding terrorist activities of the BKI.
“The arms so smuggled were to be used by members of the BKI for violent terrorist acts,” the another official in the agency said, adding that after arrest of the accused persons, further searches were conducted at different places, which led to the recovery of drug proceeds of Rs 9,06,300 along with some more arms and ammunition and other incriminating materials.