Narcotics seizure case: NIA raids multiple locations in Punjab, two other states
PTC News Desk: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted coordinated searches in eight locations across Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday in connection with a heroin seizure case.
The searches were conducted at the homes and offices of individuals involved in this case involving the seizure of a large quantity of narcotics, specifically heroin, which was intercepted upon its arrival in India on April 24 last year through the Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Attari in Punjab's Amritsar.
The contraband was concealed within a shipment of licorice roots (Mulethi) from overseas suppliers in Afghanistan.
According to the NIA, daytime searches have proven to be highly productive, resulting in the recovery of significant incriminating materials, such as documents and digital devices.
Customs officials at the ICP in Attari were initially involved in the case.
The NIA re-registered the case on July 30, last year, with the goal of investigating not only the drug seizure but also the role of multiple companies and individuals involved in the drug racket and the related "proceeds of illegal drug trade."
On December 16, last year, the NIA filed a comprehensive chargesheet against four suspects following the completion of its initial investigations. Razi Haider Zaidi, Shahid Ahmed (also known as Qazi Abdul Wadood), Nazir Ahmad Qani (Afghan national), and Vipin Mittal are among those named in the chargesheet.