Pakistan-based KLF behind narco-terror network, says NIA

Mohali: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday told a special NIA court that Pakistan-based Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief has been instrumental in running cross-border narco-terrorism in the country.
The premier investigating agency revealed this in the court while seeking police custody of three accused — Nirmal Singh, Satpal Singh and Hiralal, arrested in connection with the Amritsar heroine haul case of 2019. The court subsequently granted seven-day police custody of the accused till February 17.

Presenting its case for police remand, the NIA told the court that during the investigation, role of Harmeet Singh alias PHD, Pakistan-based chief of KLF, a proscribed terrorist organisation, has emerged in running a cross-border narco-terror network through drug smugglers, militant elements and hawala operatives based in Punjab and other states of India. Harmeet Singh is believed to have been killed in Pakistan recently, the agency said. 

The case pertains to the arrest of three accused with 500 gm of heroin and Rs 1,20,000 drug money, over which an FIR was registered on May 31, 2019 at Tarsikka police station in Amritsar under sections 21 and 29 of the NDPS Act. Later, three more suspects in the case were arrested in the December last year.
Thereafter, the NIA re-registered the case on January 22, 2020 under sections 13 and 17 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and sections 21 and 29 of the NDPS Act and took over the case for investigation. 



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