NIA files charge sheet against Shahid Kasam Sumra held in 500 kg drug seizure case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday said it has filed a supplementary charge sheet against Shahid Kasam Sumra in connection with a 500 kg heroin smuggling case by people based in Dubai.
The drug was smuggled through the Pakistan-India sea route. The drug was brought by Pakistani nationals in a Pakistani fishing vessel and was delivered in the Indian territorial waters near Jakhau Port in Kutch.
An official said that the accused Shahid Kasam Sumra was arrested at the Delhi Airport in July 2021 after being deported from Dubai.
According to an official statement, the accused, who is a resident of Kutch, Gujarat, was a close accomplice of the previously arrested accused persons Arshad Razak Sota and Rafik Adam Sumra and had fled after perpetrating the crime.
Out of the 500kg of cocaine he obtained from Pakistan, Sumra had stored, transported, and supplied 495 kg to Amritsar, Punjab, through his colleagues. Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice to Sumra. In this case, he was deported from Dubai and arrested, the statement said.
The case was initially registered by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad in 2018 and 10 accused persons have been charge-sheeted in the case. The charge sheet was filed before a Special Court in Ahmedabad.
The NIA had re-registered the case on July 2, 2020. Indian SIM cards were fraudulently obtained, including OTPs through their Indian accomplices for the activation of WhatsApp by Pakistan-based handlers, which was then used to make communication with defence employees in order to elicit sensitive information about critical sites.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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