NIA charges 16 narco-traffickers, including 6 Afghans
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed the charge sheet against 16 narco-traffickers, six Afghanistan nationals, and four Indians including a woman, in a case related to the seizure of narcotics drugs at Mundra Port in Gujarat. Ten people were arrested in the case while six are still on the run.
NIA further discovered that the conspirators had been smuggling the drugs in cahoots with foreign entities to fund terror-based outfits in Pak. NIA has propounded that the accused – Mohammad Hasan Hussain Dad and Mohammad Hasan Dad (both Afghan Nationals) and some other co-conspirators had links with banned terror organizations based in Pakistan.
The ten arrested accused who were held by the NIA are, Machavaram Sudhakar, Durga Purna Govindaraju Vaishali, Rajkumar Perumal, Pradeep Kumar, and six Afghanistan nationals, Mohammad Khan Akhlaqi, Mohammad Hussaini, Fardin Amery, Sobhan Aryanfar, Alokozai Mohammad Khan, and Murtaza Hakimi
The charge sheet was filed before the NIA Special Court, in Ahmedabad and the accused were charge-sheeted for the offences punishable under sections 120B, 466, 471 of the IPC, sections 8(c), 21(c), 23(c) & 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and sections 17, 18 & 20 of UA (P) Act.
The NIA said, “Accused Mohammad Hussain Dad and Mohammad Hasan Dad of Hasan Hussain Ltd, Kandahar, Afghanistan and accused M Sudhakar, D P Vaishali and Rajkumar Perumal of Aashi Trading Company along with others had entered into a criminal conspiracy to smuggle huge quantity of narcotics to India by concealing in consignments of semi-processed talc.”
“Links of the accused Mohammad Hasan Hussain Dad and Mohammad Hasan Dad and other co-conspirators have also emerged with proscribed terror organizations based in Pakistan. The proceeds of drugs trafficking were channelled back to foreign entities through hawala channels at the behest of Pak-based terror outfits for use in anti-India activities,” the NIA has stated in the charge sheet.
The consignment of 2,988.21 kg of narcotic substance (heroin) was being imported by Aashi Trading Company and exported by Hasan Hussain Ltd. Kandahar, Afghanistan through Bandar Abbas Port of Iran and it was seized at the Mundra Port in 2021.
The narcotics were found concealed in import consignment of ‘Semi-processed Talc stones‘ originating from Afghanistan.
During the investigation, it was established that the smuggling of narcotics into India was carried out earlier as well by the same set of accused persons. These included the offences registered by DRI Delhi zonal unit wherein heroin was seized from a warehouse in Delhi.
20.250 kg of heroin was seized in Hoshiarpur, Punjab too. These two offences were also subsumed in the instant case as connected offences.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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