NIA Files Indictment Against 16 People, Finds Link To Pak Terror Funding

The National Investigation Agency on Monday, March 14 filed an indictment against sixteen defendants in the Mundra Port Drug Bust case. The indictment was filed at the Special Court of NIA, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, under relevant IPC Sections – 120B, 466 and 471 and Sections 8(c), 21(c), 23(c) and 29 narcotics and psychotropic substances. law of 1985; and sections 17, 18 and 20 of the UA(P) Act of 1967.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NIA further pointed out that some of the defendants in the drug trafficking case had ties to banned terrorist groups based in Pakistan. During the investigation, the national agency further discovered that the conspirators involved in the crime had smuggled the drugs with foreign entities to fund Pakistan-based terrorist groups to plot anti-Indian activities.

NIA uncovers conspiratorial links to Pakistan-based terrorist organizations

The NIA alleged that the accused – Mohammad Hasan Hussain Dad and Mohammad Hasan Dad (both Afghan nationals) and some other co-conspirators had ties to banned terrorist organizations based in Pakistan.

“It also emerged during the investigation that the proceeds of crime were being redirected to foreign entities with the help of co-conspirators through hawala channels for the purpose of financing terrorism by Pakistan-based terrorist groups to be used in anti-Indian activities,” the NIA said in a statement.

Of 16 defendants, 10 are Afghan nationals, one is Iranian and the other 5 are Indians.

The 10 arrested are:

1) Machavaram Sudhaka, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

2) Durga Purna Govindaraju, Kolapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

3) Rajkumar Perumal, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

4) Mohammad Khan Akhlaqi (Afghan national),

5) Pradeep Kumar R/O Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, UP

6) Said Mohammad Hussaini (Afghan national),

7) Fardin Amery (Afghan national),

8) Sobhan Aryanfar (Afghan national),

9) Alokozai Mohammad Khan (Afghan national),

10) Murtaza Hakimi (Afghan national)

The 6 fugitives charged are Mohammad Hussain Dad (Afghan national), Mohammad Hassan Dad (Afghan national), Javad Najafi (Iranian national), Najibullah Khan Khalid (Afghan national), Esmat Ullah Honari (Afghan national), Abdul Hadi Alizada ( of Afghan nationality).

2988.21 kg of narcotic substance (heroin) seized at the port of Mundra

The case dates back to September 12, 2021, when the Directorate of Fiscal Intelligence (DRI) seized 2,988.21 kg (nearly 3 tonnes) of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore in two containers at Mundra Port . According to reports, the heroin was imported by a trading company registered in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and was declared as semi-processed talcum stones originating in Afghanistan and shipped from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran to the port of Mundra in Gujarat. The heroin which was packaged in plastic pipes painted to look like bamboo was said to have been transported to Delhi, after which it was to be transported to other states, particularly Punjab.

During the investigation, it was established that the smuggling of narcotics to India had also been carried out earlier by the same group of defendants. These include offenses recorded by the DRI Delhi area unit, in which 16.105 kg of heroin were seized from a warehouse in Delhi; and an FIR case filed in July 2021 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, in which 20,250 kg of heroin was seized. These two offenses have been grouped together in this case as related offences.

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Harry D. Gonzalez