In a statement, officials said that NIA conducted searches in Amritsar District and Gurdaspur District of Punjab at the premises of suspect Manpreet Singh, S/o Satnam Singh, r/o Kala Afghana, Teja Khurd, Batala, District-Amritsar, a close associate of charge-sheeted accused Ranjit Singh @ Cheetah and Iqbal Singh @ Shera in connection with investigation of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) Narco Terror Case.
“Subsequently sections 21, 29, 29A & 32 of NDPS Act were added during investigation. The case was re-registered by NIA as RC-23/2020/NIA/DLI dated 08.05.2020 and taken up for investigation. NIA has filed chargesheets against 11 accused persons in Spl. NIA Court, Mohali in the case,” the statement said.“During investigation, it was revealed that Manpreet Singh, a hawala operator, had collected heroin, drug proceeds and weapons and transported them in his i20 and Verna car as per directions of accused Ranjit Singh @ Cheetah and Iqbal Singh @ Shera. Further, Manpreet Singh delivered the drugs proceeds to the tune of Rs. 35 lacs and weapons to the charge-sheeted accused Bikram Singh @ Vicky, relative of Ranjeet Singh@ Cheeta during the month of March, 2020,” officials stated. The statement further read, “During searches conducted today, Rs. 20 lacs ( drug proceeds) 130 live rounds of 9 mm, mobile phones, pen drive, one bunch of polythene bags used for packing heroin, one Hyundai Verna car, a two wheeler, documents related to properties, and other incriminating documents have been seized from the house of the suspect.”
Further investigation in the case continues, officials added. (KNB)