532-kg heroin haul: ED books two Pak na­tion­als among 20 for money laun­der­ing

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - Ga­gan­deep Jas­sowal ga­gan­deep@htlive.com

JALANDHAR : The En­force­ment Di­rec­torate (ED) has booked 20 per­sons, in­clud­ing at least two Pak­ista­nis, un­der money laun­der­ing charges in the case of seizure of 532-kg of heroin and 52-kg of mixed nar­cotics at the At­tari border in June 2019. The Cus­toms had seized the con­tra­band, be­ing smug­gled in a con­sign­ment of rock salt from Pak­istan, at the In­te­grated Check Post (ICP).

The ac­cused are Ran­jeet Singh, alias Rana (king­pin); Tariq Ah­mad Lone; Fa­rook Lone; So­haib Noor and Amir Noor, the Pak­istan na­tion­als; Jas­bir Singh; Nirb­hail Singh; San­deep Kaur; Ajay Gupta; Iqbal Singh; Amit Gamb­hir, alias Bobby, a res­i­dent of Amritsar and oth­ers.

Sources said the ED would seek doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing bank ac­counts and in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­tails, from the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA), which is con­duct­ing the probe. “We have been trac­ing the money trail in the drugs net­work and will ques­tion the ac­cused soon,” a se­nior ED of­fi­cial, not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia, told HT.

In July 2019, the NIA had taken over the probe and filed two charge-sheets against 17 per­sons, ar­rested for their al­leged in­volve­ment in this case in the NIA spe­cial court at Mo­hali un­der sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code, the Nar­cotic Drugs and Psy­chotropic Sub­stances Act and the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Preven­tion) Act.

In May this year, the NIA and po­lice of Pun­jab and Haryana, in a joint op­er­a­tion, had ar­rested Ran­jit Singh alias Rana, the king­pin of the racket, and his brother Ga­gan­deep from their hide­out at Begu vil­lage in Sirsa. In a sup­ple­men­tary charge-sheet the same month, the NIA had said that in­ves­ti­ga­tion had re­vealed ev­i­dence of gen­er­a­tion of funds through the sale of nar­cotics smug­gled across the in­ter­na­tional border for fund­ing ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in J&K. ”

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