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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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Sold for child labour, UP boy rescued from Amritsar

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Abducted by a truck driver and sold to a farmer for child labour in Amritsar, a 14-year-old boy finally managed to escape and was rescued by the ChildLine from the Amritsar railway station.

Satyendra, 14, was kidnapped three years ago by a truck driver who sold him to a farmer in Amritsar, police said.

Narrating his ordeal, Satyendra said, “There were around six other teenage boys from different states who were brought to the barn for labour. Our job was to feed cattle and keep the barn clean.

“We were given new identities and converted to other religions. I was called Shiva and was asked to wear a turban. They used to assault me and keep me starved if I insisted on leaving,” he told reporters after he was returned to his parents in Itaunja, on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.

Satyendra said that he was taken to Katrayaina Kala village which is on the outskirts of Amritsar city. “We were shackled before we went to sleep,” he said.

Sumit Yadav, Satyendra’s cousin who went to Amritsar to get him, said, “Itauja police did not lodge FIR even after a written complaint. For months, police kept on misleading the family and evaded questions about their son’s whereabouts. They never made an attempt to search for him.”

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UP court convicts 4 for planning terror attack

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A Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Lucknow has sentenced four accused to five years imprisonment after finding them guilty of planning terror activities and instigating youths to take up arms.

A fine of Rs 14,000 on each of the convicts has also been imposed by the court on Wednesday.

All the four persons were arrested by the UP ATS from different parts of the country in 2017.

Out of the four convicts, Mohd Faizan and Mohd Nazim are from Bijnor. One of the accused is from West Champaran in Bihar and the other from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a statement released by the UP ATS, “The special judge ADJ (3) found them guilty of harming the internal and external security of the nation by fragmenting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.”

According to Additional DG (law and order) Prashant Kumar, “The arrest was a major breakthrough for security agencies as the four accused were nabbed at a time when they were planning terror attacks by involving and instigating youths. They were also found with explosives and illegal weapons.”

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Priest shot dead in Bihar’s Darbhanga, another injured

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On the day when India is celebrating Mahanavami, a priest of a temple in Bihar’s Darbhanga district was gunned down early morning on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Rajiv Jha, the main priest of Kali temple which comes under university police station in Darbhanga. He sustained four bullets on chest and abdomen and died on the spot.

The police said that four assailants came in a car and opened fire at Rahiv Jha, the priest. Another priest of the same temple who came into the firing range sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to a hospital.

Local residents claimed that the assailants fired more than 12 rounds.

Following the incident, local residents chased the assailants and overpowered them. They brutally beat them until one of them died on the spot.

“We have arrested three assailants from the spot and also recovered fire arms and a car from their possession. An FIR of murder has been registered against them. Further investigation is on,” Krishna Nandan, SDPO of (Sadar) Darbhanga said.

“We have sent the dead body for postmortem. Another priest has sustained gunshot injuries in the leg. He is admitted in Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital. We have informed families of both the victims,” The SDPO said.

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