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Gujarat narco-terrorism case: NIA files supplementary charge sheet against smuggler

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a supplementary charge sheet against a narcotics smuggler in connection with its probe into the Gujarat narco-terrorism case.

An NIA spokesperson said that the anti-terror probe agency has filed a supplementary charge sheet in the NIA Special Court in Ahmedabad against Indresh Kumar Nishad in the case of seizure of narcotics at Salaya, Gujarat.

The official said the matter relates to a case registered by the ATS Gujarat on August 12, 2018 relating to arrest of Aziz Abdul Bhagad and seizure of 4.949 kgs of Heroin worth approximately Rs. 14.84 lakh from his possession.

During the course of investigation seven more accused — Rafik Adam Sumra, Nazir Ahmad, Arshad Abdul Razak Sota, Manzoor Ahmad, Razak Adam Sumra, Karim Mohammad Siraj and Sunil Vithal Barmase — were arrested.

The NIA took over the probe on July 2 last year and had earlier filed a charge sheet against eight persons in the case under various sections of NDPS and the UA(P) Act.

The official said that during the probe it was revealed that the arrested accused Arshad Abdul Razak Sota and two absconding Pakistani Nationals named Hajisaab and Nabi Baksh had entered into a conspiracy in Dubai to smuggle 500 Kgs of Heroin from Pakistan to Gujarat, India, by sea route.

“The heroin was brought by Pakistani nationals in a Pakistani fishing vessel and was delivered in the Indian territorial waters, about 7-8 miles from Jakhau Port in Gujarat’s Kutch to an Indian vessel named “Nagani Mustafa” belonging to Aziz Abdul Bhagad and into another boat.

“Aziz Abdul Bhagad had pilfered 5 Kg of the heroin from the consignment and concealed it in a pit near Sadosala village in Gujarat,” the official said, adding that further probe revealed that 300 Kgs of the narcotic drugs consignment, concealed in sacks of cumin and suva, was transported through Akshar Transport to Amritsar in Punjab by Nazir Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad, both residents of J&K and wanted accused Simranjit Singh Sandhu.

The official said that the last consignment of 200 kg of heroin was delivered by Razak Adam Sumra to Karim Mohammad Siraj and Sunil Vithal Barmase, who further delivered it to Indresh Kumar Nishad in Gandhidham.

“The consignment was then loaded and concealed between the wooden panels in the truck of Indresh Kumar Nishad who further delivered the same to aides of Simranjit Singh Sandhu at Amritsar in Punjab. Indresh Kumar Nishad was arrested by NIA in November 2020 for his role in the crime,” the official added.

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Police says no evidence traceable in rape case against BJP MLA Ganesh Naik; files ‘a summary’ report to HC

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 The Navi Mumbai police on Friday informed the Bombay High Court it has not traced any evidence in the rape case lodged against Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ganesh Naik and have submitted an ‘A Summary’ report to the local court.

An ‘A Summary’ report is filed in a case where the offence is made out but the evidence is not traceable or the accused persons are not found.

In April this year, a 42-year-old woman registered a case against Naik alleging he had raped and threatened her.

According to the complaint, the woman and Naik were in a live-in relationship since 1995 and they also have a child together.

Naik had, in May, approached HC seeking pre-arrest bail. He was granted interim bail at the time.

On Friday, when his plea came up for hearing before a division bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and R N Laddha, additional government pleader Prajakta Shinde said the police has submitted an ‘A Summary’ report in the case in September this year.

Naik’s counsel Ashok Mundargi sought the bench to direct the local court to dispose of the matter expeditiously.

“The case has a political angle to it and in such cases the matter is kept deliberately pending. After the police submitted its report, the court issued notice to the complainant and since then the matter is pending,” Mundargi said.

The bench then directed the magistrate’s court to dispose of the case within three months. The 42 year old woman claimed in her complaint she was in a live-in relationship with Naik since 1995. They met in a club in 1993, where she was a receptionist, and fell in love.

The FIR also pointed out they had a sexual relationship and have a child. The woman alleged Naik was not treating her well and was avoiding her calls.

There were constant quarrels as well, and during one such incident Naik allegedly threatened her with a gun, as per the complaint. After this incident, she proceeded to file a complaint and an FIR was registered.

Naik had contended that for an incident which happened in 1995, the allegations were made in 2022, which was belated. He also pointed out the case was being backed by his political rivals for revenge against him.

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Shraddha murder case: Aaftab’s post-narco test concludes

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The post-narco test of Aaftab Amin Poonawalla, the accused in the ghastly murder of his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar in Delhi’s Mehrauli area, concluded on Friday. His test was conducted inside the Tihar prison by the FSL officials.

As per sources, the team from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini had reached Tihar jail for the post-narco test at around 11.30 a.m.

“A four-member team had reached Tihar Jail No.-4 on Friday along with the investigating officer for a post-narco analysis session of Aaftab,” said a senior FSL official.

“The test started around 12. He was again asked similar questions and his answers will be matched with the questions from the previous narco analysis session,” said the sources.

If needed, the narco test will be done again, claimed the sources.

Further details were awaited.

Meanwhile, the prison authorities have also increased the security of his barrack after the police van was attacked by men, who were armed with swords.

Though his confessions in the narco test cannot be used in the court, yet it proved that the investigators were proceeding in the right direction.

Pertinent to mention here that the findings of both polygraph and narco test are not admissible in the court. These tests will only help the Delhi Police gather evidence, and thereby increase the possibility of prosecution of the guilty.

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Shraddha murder case: Narco test process begins on Aaftab

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The process of Narco test on Aaftab Amin Poonawalla, who is an accused in the ghastly murder of his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar in Delhi’s Mehrauli area, began on Thursday morning, said Special Commissioner of Police (law & order), Sagar Preet Hooda.

According to sources, Aaftab was taken to the Ambedkar Hospital from Tihar at around 9 a.m.

Further details were awaited.

The polygraph test of Aaftab ended on Tuesday at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Rohini.

According to a senior FSL official, Aaftab’s polygraph test is now complete and a detailed report will be shared in a day or two with the Delhi Police.

The sources said that a polygraph and a narco test is imperative in this case, as Aaftab, during interrogation, was deceptive in nature and tried to mislead the interrogators.

Shraddha and Aaftab had met through the dating app ‘Bumble’ in 2018. They had come to Delhi on May 8 and shifted to the Chattarpur area on May 15. On May 18, Aaftab allegedly killed Shraddha and then chopped her body into 35 pieces and threw the body parts across various places over a period of 18 days.

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