NIA chargesheets 13 Pak ultras for arms, drugs smuggling to fund terror in India

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday chargesheeted 13 accused, all Pakistani nationals, in the 2022 case related to the smuggling of weapons and contraband drugs from Pakistan via Gujarat for funding terrorist activities in India.

Ten of the 13 chargesheeted were arrested in December 2022 with a huge consignment of drugs and arms, hidden in gas cylinders, from a Pakistani fishing boat. The seizure included 40 kg of drugs (heroin), six pistols (foreign made), six magazines and 120 9mm live cartridges, along with documents/Pakistani identity cards, mobile phones, and Pakistani currency.

The chargesheet was filed on Friday in the NIA Special Court, Ahmedabad (Gujarat). It names all the 10 arrested accused, identified as Kadarbaksh Umetan Baloch, Amanullah Musa Baloch, Ismail Sabzal Baloch, Allahbaksh Hatar Baloch, Goharbaksh Dilmurad Baloch, Ammal Phullan Baloch, Gul Mohammad Hatar Baloch, Andam Ali BoherBaloch, Abdulgani Jungiyan Baloch and Abdulhakim Dilmurad Baloch, the NIA said in a statement.

The remaining three Pakistani accused charge-sheeted by the NIA are absconding. They have been identified as Hazi Salim, Akbar, and Karim Baksh.

“As per NIA investigations, the consignment of sophisticated/imported weapons was being smuggled into India by the 10 arrested accused, in connivance with Hazi Salim, Akbar and Karim Baksh, for delivery to India-based absconding accused Harun. Harun had hatched the conspiracy to illegally smuggle the consignment of weapons and contraband from Pakistan to India to provide funds to terrorist outfits and gangs operating in Punjab and North India,” the agency said. .

The conspiracy was exposed after the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), Gujarat, received credible inputs that one Pakistan-based drug mafia Hazi Salim was trying to smuggle huge consignments of contraband drugs and illegal weapons through Okha shore from Pakistan.

The ATS was tipped off that the said consignment would be reaching the Indian waters on December 27 or 28, 2022, near Okha Jetty (150 Nautical Miles west of Okha Jetty) through a fishing boat named “Al-Soheli”.

The Okha Coast Guard was informed by the ATS and in a joint operation, the two agencies seized the boat.

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