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Narco-terror financing: J&K SIA files chargesheet against two


SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against two accused, who along with their associates operated a

narco-terror financing

module in the Union Territory, under provisions of the

Narcotic Drugs

and Psychotropic Substances Act and

Unlawful Activities

(Prevention) Act at a special-designated


court under NIA Act.
In a statement, the agency identified the accused as Zaheed Ahmad Khoja and Zameer Ahmad Lone.

Zaheed Khoja was arrested in Sept last year when he was intercepted while transporting a consignment of heroin weighing over 3.5kg worth around Rs 25 crore. Zaheer Lone, an active


terrorist and native of J&K, meanwhile, is now in Pakistan/Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Zaheed, Zameer, and others — in connivance with terrorists of proscribed outfits — plotted a criminal conspiracy to raise funds by smuggling/trafficking narcotics/contraband from across the border and using the proceeds of the sales to financially support acts of terror, including setting ablaze govt buildings and residential houses of minority communities/police personnel, and offices of political parties as directed by various terror outfits active in J&K, the SIA statement said.

“The duo and their other associates, in close coordination through conversations over encrypted messaging applications, planned systematically, spreading communal disharmony through terror acts targeted at minority communities,” the statement said, adding that further investigation was underway.

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