NIA seizes cash, car as proceeds of crime in Bistara toll plaza IED case


NEW DELHI: In a modern growth in reference to the Bistara Toll Plaza IED restoration case, the NIA on Friday stated that they’ve seized Rs 6.5 lakh and an Innova automobile as proceeds of crime.

The NIA had recovered three IEDs, one pistol, two magazines, and 31 reside rounds and Rs 1.30 lakh money from 4 individuals — Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, Amandeep Singh alias Deepa, Parminder Singh alias Pinder and Bhupinder Singh — who had been touring in an Innova automobile in May 2022. The automobile had been modified to maintain these IEDs, pistol and different ammunition in a specifically designed cavity.

They had been on their strategy to Adilabad in Telangana to ship the consignment of terror {hardware}, on the instructions of a ‘designated terrorist’ Harwinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda, once they had been intercepted by the police at Bastara Toll Plaza on May 5, 2022.

The case was initially registered at police station Madhuban, District Karnal and re-registered by the NIA.

The NIA discovered that a number of consignments of arms, explosives and medicines had been despatched from Pakistan by terrorist Harwinder Singh Sandhu, by means of drones to pre-decided places close to the India-Pakistan border.

Gopi, Deepa, Akash alias Akashdeep, Sukhbeer Singh alias Jashan and Jarmalpreet Singh acquired these consignments of arms, ammunition, explosives and medicines. Gopi and others had been tasked to gather the contraband and ship part-consignments to numerous locations elsewhere within the nation to hold out terror assaults within the identify of Babbar Khalsa Worldwide (BKI), a banned terrorist organisation. The Innova automobile was utilized by the accused individuals for transporting such consignments.

First cost sheet was filed towards six accused individuals, together with Harwinder Rinda on October 31, 2022.

A supplementary cost sheet was thereafter filed towards one other three accused on March 1, 2023.

“Gopi had also amassed a large amount of cash through smuggling these contraband items. Investigations have exposed his modus operandi of depositing this money in bank accounts of others,” stated an NIA official on Friday.

The NIA staff seized Rs 5.5 lakh from one such account. The staff additionally recovered Rs 1 lakh that Gopi had stashed away, elevating the whole restoration to Rs 7,80,000 on this case. This amount of money and the Innova automobile have been seized as ‘proceeds of terrorism’ beneath the provisions of 25 UA (P) Act by the NIA.

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