Punjab Narcotics seizure case: NIA freezes Rs 1.34-cr linked to chargesheeted accused Amritpal Singh

NEW DELHI: In a major improvement, the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has taken a decisive measure to freeze belongings valued at Rs 1,34,12,000 of 1 chargesheeted accused Amritpal Singh in a case pertaining to the restoration of 102.784 kg heroin valued at roughly Rs 700 crores from Punjab’s Amritsar, the company stated on Thursday.
The NIA took the measures on November 8 after the funds have been recognized as ‘illegally acquired property’ allegedly belonging to Amritpal, a resident of Tarn Taran district in Punjab.
This improvement stems from the NIA case during which Amritpal has been chargesheeted.
The case pertains to the restoration and seizure of a complete of 102.784 kg heroin valued at roughly Rs 700 crores on April 24, 2022, and April 26, 2022, by Indian Customs. This illicit heroin consignment from Afghanistan entered India by the Built-in Verify Publish (ICP) at Attari, Amritsar on April 22, 2022. The contraband was ingeniously hid in a cargo of Licorice roots (Mulethi).
Initially, the case was registered by the Indian Customs in Amritsar and later the NIA took over the investigations, which revealed that the Rs 700 crore price of heroin consignment was being smuggled into India by the land border, on the directives of Dubai-based absconding accused Shahid Ahmed.
“The intricate smuggling net entails Afghan-based co-accused Nazir Ahmed Qani, a resident of Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, who dispatched the illicit heroin consignment. The contraband was to be delivered to Delhi-based accused Razi Haider Zaidi,” stated the NIA.
As per the anti-terror company, the heroin was meant for distribution throughout numerous elements of the nation, aimed toward reaping substantial financial good points.
On December 16 final yr, a chargesheet on this case was filed in opposition to 4 accused specifically Shahid Ahmed, also called Qazi Abdul Wadood, Nazir Ahmed Qani, Razi Haider Zaidi and Vipin Mittal.
NIA investigations uncovered that the money amounting to Rs 1,34,12,000 seized from the premises of Amritpal was ‘proceeds of medication’.
“Investigations have revealed that Amritpal orchestrated the switch of funds from 2019 to 2021, depositing them straight into the financial institution accounts of accused people Shahid Ahmed, alias Qazi Abdul Wadood, and Razi Haider Zaidi. Moreover, funds have been surreptitiously channelled by Hawala transactions,” stated the NIA.
Pursuant to the provisions of Part 68 of the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, the money seized from the premises of Amritpal Singh has been frozen, added the federal company.

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