Hizbul Mujahideen-narco terrorism link: two arrested as NIA probes cross-border link

Hizbul Mujahideen-narco terrorism link: two arrested as NIA probes cross-border link

Two humans had been arrested on Saturday in connection to the move border narco-terrorism hyperlink of Riyaz Naikoo, slain commander of the banned terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

The duo had been arrested in a joint operation carried out by using the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Punjab Police and the Haryana Police.

The Punjab Police stated each accused have been arrested for allegedly smuggling capsules from Pakistan.

"Ranjeet Rana & his brother [email protected] arrested from Begu village in Sirsa, Haryana. Ranjit [email protected], suspected to have smuggled in heroin & different capsules from Pakistan, camouflaged in as many as 6 rock salt consignments thru ICP Amritsar between 2018-2019," the DGP of the Punjab Police, Dinkar Gupta, stated on Twitter.

Ranjeet used to be desired in an NIA case in connection with the seizure of 532 kgs of heroin hidden in a consignment of rock salt imported from Pakistan. The seizure used to be made through Custom Authorities at ICP Attari in June final year.

An investigation printed that Pakistan-based entities had been smuggling narcotics into Indian territory via hiding it in sacks of rock salt. This is performed via an complicated community of the importers, Customs House Agents and transporters; the operation is financed thru unlawful channels.

Riyaz Naikoo used to be in contact with Hizbul terrorists in Pakistan by WhatsApp. According to an NIA official, Naikoo used to be additionally the quit recipient of the money.

"These well-oiled terror entities are working in and out of Pakistan and Afghanistan to pump in pills and money," a pinnacle officer related with the case informed.

On Thursday, the Punjab Police stated it had arrested two accomplices of a shut companion of Riyaz Naikoo's, recognized as Bikram Singh and Maninder Singh, residents of Amritsar district.

The police seized 1 kg of heroin alongside with Rs 32 lakh in money from them, DGP Dinkar Gupta stated in a press statement.

While Rs 20 lakh used to be recovered at the time of their arrest, the final quantity and the heroin had been seized from their houses later, following the provide of police remand through a court.

Both guys are accomplices of Hilal Ahmed Wagay, a shut companion of Naikoo's, the police said.

DGP Gupta stated Thursday's arrests had been made after the duo had been traced thru investigations of the path of Wagay, who had come from the Kashmir Valley to acquire cash from Amritsar on Naikoo's instructions.
Hizbul Mujahideen militant Wagay, a resident of Nowgam, was once arrested final month from Amritsar and Rs 29 lakh in money was once recovered from him.

Given the gravity of the offences and the cross-border ramifications of the case past Punjab, the Centre has directed the NIA to take over similarly investigations of the case to unravel the whole conspiracy, which has footprints main throughout the border by means of J&K.