Jammu SIA arrests key accused from Uri in narco-terror case

Jammu  : The sleuths of State Investigation Agency (SIA), Jammu has arrested a key accused from Uri, Baramulla in a narco-terror case registered at Gandhi Nagar Police station, official spokesman said here on Saturday.

The spokesman said that on August 25, SIA teams arrested a key accused person Mohammad Sharief Chechi, wanted in Narco Terror/Terror Funding case after FIR 73/23 was registered at PS Gandhi Nagar/SIA Jammu, from Uri, Baramulla, J&K.

Sharing details, he said that after the arrest of former minister Babu Singh in narcotics terror financing case last year, several investigators of SIA have been simultaneously working on different lines at different places following multiple leads crisscrossing terror financing modules, narcotics syndicates and separatist networks with intersections partly within J&K and partly in Pakistan and some in middle eastern capitals.

During the investigation SIA zeroed in Mohammad Sharief Chechi who was wanted in a case registered at Police Station Gandhi Nagar Jammu and absconding.

Subsequently one Mohd. Shareef Shah was arrested along with huge amount of narco terror money, on the allegations that they were working under the directions of ISI and their agents in Pakistan for the purpose of financing Jammu based separatists to carry out subversive activities against the sovereignty, integrity and security of India.

Later on, he said that the instant case was transferred to SIA Jammu for further investigation. Upon investigation, it was revealed that there is a well organized drug syndicate, including Mohd. Sharief Chechi, Mohd Rafiq Najar, and Farooq Ahmad Naikoo operating from Dubai and others who are infusing narcotics into the Indian territory for generating terror funds, to fuel subversive activities challenging the sovereignty, integrity and security of India and further using banking channels for layering of proceeds of narcotics for funding of terrorism in J&K.

During investigation it was revealed that the modus operandi adopted is that Mohd. Sharief Chechi used to collect narcotics from across LOC viz PoK and these narcotics were used to generate proceeds for terror funding, he added.

He further said that upon technical surveillance and human intelligence, a team of SIA led by Inspector Vikas Sharma arrested Mohammad Sharief Chechi from Uri, Baramulla.

Further investigation into aspects of cross LOC operation of the narco smuggling and terror funding syndicate which has been found smuggling arms, explosives and narcotics consignments across the LOC is ongoing at SIA Jammu, he added.

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