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To investigate terror angle, NIA to take over drug smuggling case of Jammu

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to take over a drug smuggling case from Jammu Police to look for an alleged “terror angle”.

Sources in the agency told that a group was suspected to be involved in sending heroin to Jammu to fund money for terror activities. The NIA said that on two previous scenarios, the same group was also found to be involved in the trafficking of 15 packets of drugs.

On 20 September, Heroin weighing 61.42 kg expected to be worth crores of rupees in the international market and 1.245 kg of opium accompanied by two pistols and 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition were found, after an attempt of infiltration along the International Border outpost from Pakistan in Jammu’s Arnia sector was foiled.

A source in the NIA said that the drug was found to be wrapped and concealed in plastic packs and a plastic pipe of length around 12 feet was put across the border to slip in the contraband into the Indian part of the border.

In September, Jammu Police had arrested six persons who were connected with the case — Bishan Dass, Gurbakash Singh, Jash Raj Singh, Subash Chander, Guru Partap Singh, Ajeet Kumar, Sham Lal. Another accused was arrested in a month later in October who had earlier managed to escape.

According to a source, it is suspected that Guru Partap Singh has made crores in the drug business. The NIA will closely look into the details like how he was receiving these funds and where he was spending them.

Another source said that the Investigation has unearthed that Guru Partap Singh was the main receiver of the seized drug. Through his narco business, he has collected a lot of wealth. When asked about the source of his wealth, he couldn’t give any satisfactory answer. He was arrested from Tarn Taran and contraband was recovered from him. It is suspected that terror activities were funded by this money.

Jammu Police investigated and found that in September, Jash Raj Singh and Chander had gone to the zero-line on the International Border to collect a consignment on the command of Lal. Both Dass and Ajeet are connected to a history of drug cases, according to the Police. 

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