JK: NIA attaches 4 immovable properties of accused in narco-terrorism case

Srinagar,  National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday attached four immovable properties of the accused and seized Rs 2.27 crore cash in a narco-terrorism case, involving two proscribed militant outfits, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), officials said.

NIA said properties belonging to four accused were attached in Tehsil Handwara in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Agency also seized a total of Rs 2.27 crore in cash under Section 25 of the UA(P) Act.

The immovable properties attached were the double storeyed house of Afaq Ahmad Wani, single storeyed house of Muneer Ahmad Pandey, the house of Saleem Andrabi and the double storeyed house of Islam ul Haq-, all accused in the case.

NIA said a total of 12 accused have so far been arrested in the case, and it has chagesheeted 15 individuals.

The case registered in 2020 in the Jammu branch of the NIA relates to the use of the ‘proceeds of narcotic drugs’ to fund violent terror activities by LeT and HM operating in the Handwara-Kupwara region.

The case was registered following the recovery of a black bag and a large number of Indian currency notes of 500 denomination during checking of vehicles in the Langate area of Handwara sub district. The seizure was made from a white Creta car without a registration number.

Preliminary questioning of the car’s driver, Abdul Momin Peer, had led to the revelations about the narco terror nexus, which had sparked detailed investigation by the NIA.

During the initial searches in the houses of various accused, 21 kg of heroin was seized, in addition to various incriminating material, including large sums of cash, the NIA said.

The anti-terror agency is continuing with its relentless efforts to destroy and dismantle the terror network in Kashmir and safeguard national security.