Gujarat ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) News

GST raids: 115 firms in Gujarat under lens for Rs 650 crore fake billing
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: As part of an ongoing multi-agency investigation into a fake billing scam, state goods and services tax (SGST) officials have unearthed fake billing of Rs 650 crore. This figure is expected to rise, according to senior SGST officials. Last week, the SGST department along with the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and Ahmedabad crime branch raided 205 locations linked to 115 companies suspected to be fake entities existing only on paper. Some 41 firms have been confirmed to be bogus entities. Top sources privy to the development said GST evasion of up to Rs 100 crore has already been reported in this case and the number will rise as the investigation progresses. Some 91 persons are being questioned by SGST and ATS officials in connection with the case. "We have also come across forgery of documents and impersonation. The investigation is now divided between ATS and SGST. While tax officials are probing evasion and fraudulently availed input tax credit, ATS is investigating the movement of the money. There is a strong suspicion of laundering of the proceeds of the scam," said a well-placed source. According to sources in the SGST department, tax recovery is expected to be a major challenge. "The focus is on securing incriminating documents and investigating further so that the extent of scam can be determined. This will also help tax officials to nab the 24 accused persons who are still at large," the source added. Of the bogus firms, 14 were registered in Ahmedabad, 12 in Vadodara, nine in Surat, three in Bhavnagar, two in Rajkot and one in Gandhidham. Each of these would generate bills for commodities such as scrap, metal scrap, metals, chemicals, and metal rods, to obtain and pass on illicitly obtained input tax credit. Last Saturday, officials of the SGST department and central agencies raided 205 locations in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad, Rajkot, Panchmahal, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Kutch, Kheda, Narmada, Mahisagar, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, and Anand regarding this case.

GST raids: 115 firms in Gujarat under lens for Rs 650 crore fake billing
  • Gujarat GST unit, ATS raid 205 locations; 91 questioned
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: In what appears to be a high-value bogus billing scam that has surfaced just ahead of the Gujarat assembly election, the state goods and services tax (SGST) department along with ATS and Ahmedabad crime branch raided the premises of some 115 suspected bogus companies, since early on Saturday morning. Based on technical intelligence, SGST officials identified bogus companies in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad, Rajkot, Panchmahal, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Kutch, Kheda, Narmada, Mahisagar, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, and Anand. SGST officials carried out raids across 205 locations in these cities. Some 90 teams have been deployed. SGST officials said 91 persons are being interrogated in relation with this case. The preliminary investigation revealed that each bogus firm was used to generate and issue bills for commodities such as scrap, metal scrap, metals, chemicals, and metal rods, to avail and pass on illicitly obtained input tax credit. More bogus firms have also come to the fore during the investigation. Officials expect higher tax evasion to be reported as the investigation progresses. Sources privy to the developments said during the investigation of fake billing scams reported recently, it was found that illicitly obtained input tax credit using fake bills was used to fund illegal activities. “In the past, in certain cases, we found that fake companies registered in Gujarat have bank accounts in remote locations such as Assam. More recently, the Reserve Bank alerted central agencies in Indore and Mumbai about high-value transactions taking place through Paytm, based on which the GST evasion scam involving 500 fake companies was unearthed and four persons were arrested in Surat. In this case, it is suspected that money siphoned off using fake bills is being transferred through hawala. We are still investigating,” a top source told TOI. Bogus companies identified in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad, Rajkot, Panchmahal, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Kutch, Kheda, Narmada, Mahisagar.

  • GST raids at 205 locations in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: In what appears to be a high-value bogus billing scam that has surfaced just ahead of the state assembly election, the state goods and services tax (SGST) department along with ATS and Ahmedabad crime branch raided the premises of some 115 suspected bogus companies, since early on Saturday morning. Based on technical intelligence, SGST officials identified bogus companies in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad, Rajkot, Panchmahal, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Kutch, Kheda, Narmada, Mahisagar, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, and Anand. SGST officials carried out raids across 205 locations in these cities. Some 90 teams have been deployed. SGST officials said 91 persons are being interrogated in relation with this case. The preliminary investigation revealed that each bogus firm was used to generate and issue bills for commodities such as scrap, metal scrap, metals, chemicals, and metal rods, to avail and pass on illicitly obtained input tax credit. More bogus firms have also come to the fore during the investigation. Officials expect higher tax evasion to be reported as the investigation progresses. Sources privy to the developments said during the investigation of fake billing scams reported recently, it was found that illicitly obtained input tax credit using fake bills was used to fund illegal activities. "In the past, in certain cases, we found that fake companies registered in Gujarat have bank accounts in remote locations such as Assam. More recently, the Reserve Bank alerted central agencies in Indore and Mumbai about high-value transactions taking place through Paytm, based on which the GST evasion scam involving 500 fake companies was unearthed and four persons were arrested in Surat. In this case, it is suspected that money siphoned off using fake bills is being transferred through hawala. We are still investigating," a top source told TOI. The economic offences cell of Surat police also recently arrested 16 persons for a fake billing scam, based on a tip-off about high-value transactions. "This scam appears to be well-calculated and spread across various states and districts. It involves a lot of offences of forgery and others not under the direct purview of the state commercial tax department. Therefore, other law enforcement agencies have been roped in for investigation so missing links can be identified," the source added.

Ahmedabad: ATS nabs four, seizes 5 forged passports
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Officers of the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on Friday said that they nabbed four men from the Nava Naroda area of the city on Wednesday for allegedly running a human smuggling racket and seized five forged passports. The Canadian government had rejected visa applications of five people who had applied to emigrate to the North American country through a firm linked to the accused. Tthe accused cheated the victims by issuing them fake visas and claiming that their applications had been approved by the Canadian government, said an ATS officer. The arrested accused included the alleged kingpin of the racket, Nilesh Pandya, 45, a resident of Rudraksh Apartments in Nava Naroda. The others were identified as Jay Trivedi, 24, a resident of Ashtmangal Residency in Nava Naroda, Mayur Panchal, 32, a resident of Baman village in Matar taluka of Kheda, and Piyush Patel, 46, a resident of Kamla Park in Maninagar. All of them were held by Gujarat ATS officers from Pandya's office at a commercial complex in Nava Naroda after the agency got a tip-off about the illegal emigration racket. ATS officers said Pandya had opened an immigration services firm in the Nava Naroda area of the city around six months ago and started deceiving people who wanted to go abroad by 'issuing' fake visas. Based on the tip-off, an ATS team raided the company's office on October 19 and recovered five passports with Canadian visa stickers pasted on them, which gave the impression that the visas of these five persons had been approved by the Canadian authorities. When ATS officials cross-checked the documents through the Government of Canada Key or GCKEY application, it emerged that the visa applications of these five persons had already been rejected. To extract money, Pandya and his accomplices sent fake emails to these five clients claiming their visas had been approved. ATS officers said Pandya has criminal antecedents and had served a five-year jail term after being convicted in 2005 in a case relating to using fake currency notes in Kalupur. In 2012, he was booked for a visa scam in Rajasthan that also had links to Ahmedabad. Pandya was again booked for a similar fraud in 2016 by Naroda police and a case for making a bogus passport was also registered against him in Vadodara in 2019.

Ahmedabad: ATS nabs four, seizes 5 forged passports
Gujarat: Coast Guard, anti-terrorist squad seize 50kg of heroin from Pakistani boat; 6 held
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) seized a Pakistani boat, Al Sakar, with 50kg of heroin, worth Rs 350 crore in the international market. The agencies arrested six persons who are all residents of Karachi in the Sindh province in Pakistan. Officials said the operation was conducted on Friday, when ICG and ATS personnel intercepted the Pakistani boat, and where the heroin was found concealed in five gunny bags. ATS officials said that according to their preliminary investigation, the seized heroin was sent by Pakistan-based drug racketeer Mohammad Kadar, who intended to use the Gujarat coast to supply the narcotic drug to north India and Punjab. The boat and its six crew members were brought to Jakhau port for further investigation. The apprehended Pakistani nationals are from Karachi, officials said. Following a search of the boat, 50kg heroin was recovered whose market value is estimated to be Rs 350 crore. An ICG release stated that on Friday night, a Pakistani boat was moving suspiciously in Indian waters, five nautical miles inside the notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and 40 nautical miles from Jakhau. "On being challenged, the Pakistani boat started evasive manoeuvring. Two fast interceptor class of ships - C-429 and C-454 - deployed by the ICG for patrolling areas close to the IMBL, intercepted the Pakistani boat and forced it to stop," it said. This is the sixth joint operation by the IGC and state ATS in the last year and second such operation in less than a month. More than 40kg of drugs was seized from a Pakistani boat on September 14. Such operations have been the result of effective coordination and synergy amongst security agencies, the ICG said in a release. Talking to reporters, Ashish Bhatia, Gujarat director general of police (DGP), said that the ATS team was working on these intelligence inputs for nearly six days, and action was taken after it received details about the boat which was apprehended. "After receiving the exact coordinates, the boat was challenged and apprehended. The crew members threw their (satellite) phone into the water. As we were alert, 50kg of contraband worth Rs 350 crore could be recovered from the boat," he said. He said the intended receiver of the contraband is yet to be identified. "We will try to get information through the interrogation of the apprehended crew members. A case will be registered and further action will be taken," he said.

Gujarat: Coast Guard, anti-terrorist squad seize 50kg of heroin from Pakistani boat; 6 held
  • Drugs worth Rs 350 crore seized from Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast
  • The Indian Express

    In a joint operation, the Indian Coast Guard and the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Gujarat Police have seized around 5 kg of drugs, believed to be heroin, worth Rs 350 crore from a Pakistani boat off the Gujarat coast, an official statement issued on Saturday said. The boat and its six crew members are being brought to Jakhau for further investigation, the statement added.On Friday night, the Coast Guard had deployed two interceptor ships, C-429 and C-454, for patrolling the international maritime border. Around midnight, a Pakistani boat was observed moving suspiciously five nautical miles inside Indian territory, 40 nautical miles from Jakhau in Gujarat, the statement said.On being challenged, the Pakistani boat allegedly started evasive manoeuvring. However, the Coast Guard ships intercepted the Pakistani boat and forced it to stop. On boarding the boat, officials found 50 kg of narcotics, believed to be heroin, concealed in five gunny bags. The market value of the seized narcotics is estimated to be Rs 350 crore, the statement said.This is the sixth such joint operation by the Indian Coast Guard and ATS, Gujarat in the last one year and the second such operation in less than a month. On September 14, 40 kg of drugs was seized from a Pakistani boat, the statement added.

  • Heroin Worth Rs 360 Crore Seized From Pakistani Boat Off Gujarat Coast
  • Ndtv

    Coast Guard and Anti-Terror Squad seize Rs 360 crore heroin from Pakistani boat off GujaratAhmedabad, Gujarat: The Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad or ATS have seized heroin worth Rs 360 crore from a Pakistani boat off the state coast, an official said this morning.The Coast Guard and Gujarat ATS personnel seized the boat 'Al Sakar' which had 50 kg heroin on board, in the Arabian Sea, the official said.The boat had six crew members and is being brought to the state's Jakhau port for further investigation, the official added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMore details awaited. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Coast Guard, ATS seize Rs 360 crore worth heroin from Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Heroin worth Rs 360 crore has been seized by Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from a Pakistani boat off the state coast, according to an official. The boat, Al Sakar, which had 50kg heroin on board was seized in the Arabian Sea on Friday. The boat had six crew members and is being brought to the state's Jakhau port for further investigation.

PFI suspicion: 15 held across Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: As many as 15 people with links to the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained in various parts of the state and questioned by the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on Monday and Tuesday, Gujarat police officers said. According to sources in Gujarat police, 10 persons were held from Ahmedabad city and five were picked up from Surat, Navsari and Banaskantha. The ten held in Ahmedabad were associated with the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of PFI. An ATS officer said the detained persons were in contact with the leadership of PFI and had participated in various activities of the Islamist political outfit. On a query about the offences committed, the ATS officer said, "Even though they are not yet a banned political outfit, they were found to be involved in various crimes. We have been taking pre-emptive action against PFI members so that they do not create a base in Gujarat." The officer further said that they began action against PFI as they were allegedly involved in funding terror organizations and various political killings. The officer stressed that the detention of the 15 PFI members was not part of raids on the organization by the National Investigating Agency (NIA), which has so far arrested 106 persons in terror funding cases in 15 states.

PFI suspicion: 15 held across Gujarat
  • Gujarat ATS detains 15 ‘PFI sympathisers’ across state
  • The Indian Express

    As part of the nationwide crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its office-bearers by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), 15 alleged sympathisers of the outfit have been detained in Ahmedabad and various other areas in Gujarat, a state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) official said Tuesday.While ten people were detained in Ahmedabad, one each was detained at Surat and Navsari, and three others at Banaskantha early on Tuesday, the official added. “Basically, we have called 15 people for interrogation from four districts. Prime facie, we feel they are PFI sympathisers. Interrogation is going on and as of now we are not aware if they have any official PFI membership… We deduced that they are sympathisers because of their participation in some protests, which may have been organised by some similarly affiliated organisations,” an ATS official said.“Plus, we also saw some who were in touch with PFI members in other states and some others through social media. Taking into account these factors, the detentions have been undertaken as part of NIA’s investigation because, otherwise, Gujarat as such does not have the presence of PFI. We are only undertaking this exercise in case someone was set up here by PFI in an unofficial capacity, and if a direct role is found with PFI, necessary preventive measures will be taken after the interrogation. No FIR has been registered in NIA’s Gujarat unit as of now in this regard,” the official explained.Among those detained include men involved in “small-time political activities”, maulvis and others. Over 90 people allegedly linked with the PFI were detained or arrested in raids across six states, including Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. This comes in the wake of the arrest of over 100 leaders and activists of the PFI across 15 states on September 22 following multi-agency raids led by the NIA over alleged support for terror activities in the country.

BJP links drug seizure with TMC: ‘one minister involved’
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

BJP state chief Sukanta Majumdar on Thursday alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and a state minister have direct links with the accused of the recent seizure of Rs 200 crore worth of narcotics by an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Gujarat Police at the Kolkata Port on September 9.“Nearly 40kg heroin was supplied in the name of Shariful Enterprises of which Shariful Islam Mollah, a Sandeshkhali resident, is the owner. Shariful is close to Trinamool’s Sandeshkhali Block 1 and 2 presidents Shibu Hazra and Sheikh Shahjahan,” alleged Majumdar and party general secretary Jagannath Chatterjee at a press conference.Meanwhile, at a separate press conference on the West Bengal Assembly premises, leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari displayed some papers and alleged that there was an “abnormal increase in properties of TMC leaders, including MLA Kultoli Ganesh Chandra Mondol, from South 24 Parganas district”. Abhishek Banerjee is the MP of the Diamond Harbour constituency in the district.  Adhikari alleged that the money meant for NREGA and other central schemes was siphoned off.On September 9, the Gujarat Police ATS had seized 40 kg of heroin — allegedly supplied from Dubai — from the Kolkata Port. The ATS had then alleged that the drug was booked after the Bengal Assembly election results were declared in May last year.Majumdar and Chatterjee alleged that the drug was not taken away from the port, citing the pollution certificate problem. “When Shariful’s house was raided, he was not there. He might have fled to Bangladesh. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claims that the state CID is more efficient than the CBI. If so, I would like the state to find Shariful’s whereabouts. A TMC leader close to Shariful, who is the TMC block president of Sandeshkhali, met a state minister 17 to 18 times, recently. The meetings were held after the drug consignment was seized,” they alleged.“Police could not seize drugs, coming from Afghanistan via Dubai, at the Kolkata Port. The consignment was awaiting an auction. The Gujarat ATS came here and seized it. Where is TMC worker Shariful now? TMC must answer this first. Has he escaped somewhere?” asked Majumdar.Without naming the state minister, both BJP leaders claimed that the minister’s portfolio was recently changed due to “allegations of corruption” against him.Majumdar demanded that there should be an investigation into the money earned by Shariful and his sources of income.Hitting back at Majumdar and Chatterjee, TMC Sandeshkhali Block 2 president Sheikh Shahjahan said, “I am ready for any kind of interrogation by any agency. If they establish my association with any corruption, then I am ready to be hanged. On what basis and evidence, the BJP leaders are linking me to the case? I will drag them to court.”Meanwhile, releasing documents, which he claimed to have property details of four TMC leaders from South 24 Parganas district, Adhikari alleged, “Ruling party MLA Ganesh Chandra Mondol and leaders Jahangir Khan, Goutam Adhikari and Shamim Mahabed Mollah acquired illegal properties in the past 5-6 years.”Calling Trinamool a “party full of scammers”, Adhikari said, “Mamata Banerjee recently said that in her party 99.99% of leaders are honest. We will soon prove that 99.99% of leaders in her party are corrupt.”“This is only beginning. We will release more proofs step by step. I have 49 documents of MLA Gyanesh Chandra Mondal’s illegal properties, Anubrata Mondal’s 13 properties, and Moushami and Roshnini Mondal’s 16 and four properties, respectively,” Adhikari alleged.Adhikari said he would submit all the documents to the Enforcement Directorate very soon.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxReacting to the BJP leaders’ charges, TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh said, “Offhand, I cannot say anything. We will have to inquire. But let them go to ED. It’s their agency. I want to ask Sukanto Majumder why Suvendu Adhikari is not arrested despite we all saw he took cash in Narada sting case.”“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others. There is personal envy and jealousy against Abhishek Banerjee. Suvendu Adhikari is unable to accept Abhishek Banerjee. Look at the leadership qualities of Abhishek Banerjee, Suvendhu knows he is not worthy of that. BJP is afraid of Abhishek Banerjee it is clear from Suvendhu’s behaviour,” Ghosh told mediapersons,“@BJP4Bengal IS RATTLED. From one contradictory statement to another, 50 press conferences will not erase the fact that your Nabanna Abhiyaan FAILED. Yes, Mr @SuvenduWB – people of Bengal don’t support filthy politics. That’s why they REJECTED @BJP4India altogether,” tweeted the All India Trinamool Congress.

BJP links drug seizure with TMC: ‘one minister involved’
6 Pakistani nationals held with drugs worth Rs 200 crore off Gujarat coast
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A joint team of Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat, carrying about 40 kg heroin worth around Rs 200 crore, 6 miles inside Indian waters off Arabian Sea on Wednesday. The boat named Al Tayyasa is being brought to Jakhau port for investigation. The ICG officials said two of its fast attack boats caught the Pakistani boat 33 nautical miles off Jakhau coast in Gujarat's Kutch district. A senior ATS official said the six Pakistani crew members of the boat were apprehended. "The heroin was meant to be transported to Punjab by road after being offloaded on the Gujarat coast. Based on a specific tip-off, we intercepted the boat which left from Pakistan, and caught six Pakistani nationals with 40 kg of heroin," PTI quoted him as saying. The ATS and ICG officials are expected to reach the Jakhau coast with the seized boat later in the day, he said. (with inputs from agencies)

6 Pakistani nationals held with drugs worth Rs 200 crore off Gujarat coast
  • 6 Pakistanis Arrested Off Gujarat Coast With Drugs Worth Over Rs 200 Crore
  • Ndtv

    Coast Guard seized a Pakistani fishing boat carrying drugs worth over Rs 200 crore (Representational)Ahmedabad, Gujarat: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad in a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guard seized 40 kg heroin worth over Rs 200 crore from a Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast today, a senior ATS official said.Six Pakistanis in the boat were also arrested, he said.The Pakistani fishing boat carrying drugs was intercepted mid-sea by a joint team of the Coast Guard and ATS near Jakhau harbour in Kutch district, the official said."The heroin was meant to be transported to Punjab by road after being offloaded on the Gujarat coast. Based on a specific tip-off, we intercepted the boat which left from Pakistan, and caught six Pakistani nationals with 40 kg of heroin," he said.The Anti-Terror Squad and Coast Guard officials along with the seized boat are expected to reach the Jakhau coast later today, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Gujarat ATS and the Coast Guard had foiled similar attempts of drug smuggling in the past as well and caught foreign nationals with huge quantities of narcotics which they planned to smuggle into India via the Gujarat coast. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Six Pakistan nationals detained with drugs worth over Rs 200 crore off Gujarat’s Kutch coast
  • The Indian Express

    Six Pakistani nationals on board a fishing trawler were detained off the Jakhau coast in Kutch and drugs worth around Rs 200 crore were allegedly seized from them in a joint operation by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat and the Indian Coast Guard, officers said Wednesday.“We had a lead that an attempt was being made to smuggle drugs into Gujarat. We shared this intelligence with the Indian Coast Guard and launched a joint operation with them. During the operation, we intercepted a Pakistani fishing trawler with six Pakistani fishermen and narcotic drugs worth around Rs 200 crore aboard,” a senior ATS officer confirmed to The Indian Express.ATS officers said the narcotic drug seized from the men is suspected to be heroin. “However, the exact nature of the drug will be known once it is brought to the coast and its forensic analysis is done. The trawler and six suspects are being brought to Jakhau coast,” the senior officer added.

Gujarat to expand anti-drug drive to other states: Harsh Sanghavi
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

State home minister Harsh Sanghavi said on Saturday that Gujarat Police will expand anti-drug drives to other states to save “thousands” of young lives.Sanghavi’s statement comes a day after the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) along with Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Jamnagar regional unit and Surat crime branch seized 39 kg of heroin worth around Rs 200 crore at Kolkata port on Friday.“We will expand our anti-drug drive to Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Kolkata, to save lives of thousands of youths,” Sanghavi said at a press conference in Surat on Saturday.Crediting the state’s reward policy for bringing a high volume of information on drug rackets operational in other states, Sanghavi said, “Due to our reward policy, Gujarat police are getting more information of drug rackets operational in other states. Acting on such information drugs have been seized. The politicians who are coming to Gujarat, police officials from their state are contacting Gujarat police to get the documents of the reward policy.”“They are inquiring about details of our reward policy so that they can implement it in their own states,” he added.Sanghavi said that Gujarat police and Delhi crime branch had, a few days ago, unearthed a drugs network by arresting Afghanistan national Vahad Ulla khan. Following his arrest, Delhi police seized a major consignment of drugs.“Punjab police thanked Gujarat police for sharing the information of Bagga Khan who was operating a racket from a jail in Punjab. Gujarat police have busted rackets of various gangs in different states,” Sanghavi further added.The BJP leader congratulated Gujarat police for working hard in anti-drug drives and saving many young lives across the country.“Gujarat police and different agencies worked jointly and seized drugs over Rs 6500 crores across the country in the last one year. On Friday, our Gujarat ATS and DRI busted a racket and seized 40 kilograms of heroin from Kolkata.”He added, “The drug lords of Pakistan and Afghanistan are worried over seizure of drugs from international borders of India and Pakistan.”Commenting on Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks on pay scale of state’s police personnel, Sanghavi said that the matter should not be politicised.“Political leaders are trying to woo state police. The Gujarat government is committed to resolving their issue. The subject is under discussion between the government and police department,” he said.Kejriwal, during his visit to Gujarat in August, had assured state police that if AAP is voted to power in Gujarat, they will be given the “best pay scale”.The state police grade pay scale has been a contentious issue, with many other states having a better pay scale than Gujarat. State police have been demanding a pay hike and their families have taken out rallies in Gandhinagar in their support.Meanwhile, the Home Minister Saturday inaugurated Paal police station, which is the 32nd police station of Surat city. The minister had also launched traffic application on this occasion.Paal police station is in Adajan area which has population of around 4 lakh people.Around 1.75 lakh people come under the limits of the new police station.

Gujarat to expand anti-drug drive to other states: Harsh Sanghavi
Gujarat: Anti-terrorist squad, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seize 39.5 kg of heroin
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In a joint operation, the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 39.5kg of heroin, worth Rs 197.82 crore, at the Kolkata port, said DGP Ashish Bhatia on Friday. Speaking to reporters, Bhatia said, "Gujarat ATS received an intelligence input that a consignment of drugs had been sent from Dubai to Kolkata in a gearbox. After this, Gujarat ATS and DRI launched a joint operation and began tracking the container in which the consignment was brought to India." Bhatia said that under "Operation Gearbox", officers of Gujarat ATS and DRI began dismantling gear boxes and found that 12 gearboxes had white marks on them. On dismantling them, investigators found the heroin in 72 packets weighing a total of 39.5kg. The heroin was found at Century Container Freight Station (CCFS) at Kolkata port. On forensic examination, it was found that the contraband was heroin, with an estimated value of Rs 197.82 crore in the underground market. The consignment had been lying at the CCFS for about six months and had been sent by one SSK General Trading LLC, having its office at Business Bay in Dubai. Bhatia emphasized that Gujarat ATS has provided intelligence inputs in many recent drug seizures in various parts of the country. On the involvement of local persons in the smuggling racket, Bhatia said the investigation is at a preliminary stage. The inquiry is still underway at Kolkata port, he added. An official statement from the DRI said joint intelligence was developed by DRI and Gujarat ATS after which 'Operation Gearbox' was launched. "A container has been examined by the DRI at Kolkata port in the presence of officers of Gujarat ATS. The said container from Jebel Ali, Dubai, with a gross weight of 9,300kg was declared to contain 'heavy melting scrap'. The bill of entry was not filed for this container and the goods were found to be metallic scrap and machine parts like gearboxes," reads the DRI statement. The drugs packets were later found in the gearboxes. The DRI statement adds, "The drug syndicate has used this unique modus operandi to conceal heroin. The gears from old and used gearboxes were removed after opening them and plastic packets containing the narcotic substance were placed in the created cavity and the gearboxes were refitted to avoid detection." These packets were shipped concealing inside this metal scrap with other metal scrap so that it would go unnoticed by the authorities, the statement adds.

Gujarat: Anti-terrorist squad, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seize 39.5 kg of heroin
  • Gujarat ATS and DRI seize heroin worth Rs. 200 cr at Kolkata port
  • The Indian Express

    The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) along with Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Jamnagar regional unit and Surat crime branch Friday seized 39 kg of heroin worth around Rs 200 crore at Kolkata port in a container that had arrived at the port from Dubai in February this year. The contraband was concealed inside 12 gear boxes which were part of 7,220 kilograms of metal scrap sent from Dubai in a shipping container, said Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia on Friday in Gandhinagar. “7,220 kilogram of metal scrap contained 36 gearboxes of which 12 gearboxes were marked with white ink. When the nut bolts were taken out and the gear boxes opened, 72 packets of heroin were found weighing 39.5 kilogram and worth Rs 197.82 crore,” DGP Bhatia said adding that the operation is still on. “The other gearboxes have been opened and the search operation is ongoing…Right now the focus is on the seizure.. Forensic analysis has confirmed that it is heroin,” he added.A DRI official refused to give details on whether any arrests have been made so far, stating that such details “may compromise the operation.”Meanwhile, a press note issued by DRI on Friday, elaborating the alleged modus operandi, stated, “The gears from the old and used gearboxes were removed and the plastic packets containing the narcotic substances were placed in the created cavity and the gearboxes were then refitted to avoid detection. These packets were shipped concealing inside the metal scrap along with other metal scraps so that it would go unnoticed by the authorities. Examination and seizure proceedings by DRI under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985 are continuing…”“Very advanced methods are being used (to conceal the contraband). Sometimes (contraband) is mixed with rock salt, sometimes with mulethi (licorice), sometimes in scrap metal, in jute bags, textiles, PVC pipes etc,” added Bhatia.The DGP said Gujarat ATS has been working with several other agencies such as Indian Coast Guard, Narcotics Control Bureau Delhi, DRI, Punjab Police, Delhi Police, DRI Jamnagar.

  • Gujarat ATS, DRI seize heroin worth Rs 198 crore hidden in gear boxes from scrap container near Kolkata port
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A joint team of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 39.5 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 197.82 crore from a container near the Kolkata port in West Bengal, an official said on Friday. The contraband was found concealed inside 12 gear boxes which were part of 7,220 kilograms of metal scrap sent from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai in a shipping container and it had reached Kolkata port in February, said Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia in Gandhinagar. "Based on a specific tip-off received by Gujarat ATS, a joint team comprising officials from ATS and DRI raided a Container Freight Station near Kolkata port a few days ago and zeroed in on a container which had arrived there in February from Dubai," Bhatia told reporters. Of 36 gear boxes found in the metal scrap, 12 had markings of white ink, he said, adding that 72 packets of white powder were found when these gear boxes were opened. "A forensic analysis confirmed that the packets contained 39.5 kg of heroin worth Rs 197.82 crore in the international market. The probe is still on as officials have decided to open remaining gear boxes as well. Primary probe has revealed the container was meant to be re-exported to some other country from Kolkata," the DGP informed. In July this year, Gujarat ATS had seized 75.3 kg of heroin estimated to be worth over Rs 376.5 crore from a container near the Mundra port in Kutch district. The contraband was concealed inside fabric rolls and had been sent from the United Arab Emirates for further transportation to Punjab. In May this year, the DRI seized 56 kg of cocaine worth Rs 500 crore from a container near the Mundra port. In April, the DRI seized 205.6 kg heroin worth Rs 1,439 crore from a container near the Kandla port in Kutch. Around the same time, a joint operation of the Gujarat ATS and DRI led to the recovery of 90 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 450 crore from a shipping container that had arrived at Pipavav port in Amreli district from Iran. The DRI had in September last year seized nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore in the global market, believed to have originated in Afghanistan, from two containers at the Mundra port.

Gujarat ATS nabs Afghan national with heroin worth Rs 20 cr in Delhi
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested an Afghan national with 4 kg heroin worth Rs 20 crore in a joint operation carried out with Delhi crime branch in the national capital, an official said on Sunday.The ATS had received a tip-off that Vahidullah Rahimullah, an Afghan national living in Delhi NCR, was going to supply huge quantities of heroin in Vasant Kunj area on Friday night, a release issued by the probe agency stated.In a joint operation carried out with the Delhi crime branch, the place was raided around 11 pm to 11.30 pm. Rahimullah was arrested and 4 kg of the narcotic substance was seized from him, it stated.The seized contraband is worth Rs 20 crore in the international market, it said.An FIR was lodged against him by the Delhi crime branch under the relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, it said.The accused hails from Kandhar in Afghanistan and had come to India with his family in 2016 on a medical visa. He continued to stay back by extending the visa, the release further stated.

Gujarat ATS nabs Afghan national with heroin worth Rs 20 cr in Delhi
  • 4 Kg Heroin Worth Rs 20 Crore Recovered From Delhi: Police
  • Ndtv

    A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.(Representational)New Delhi: Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) arrested an Afghan national with 4 kg of heroin worth Rs 20 crore from the Vasant Kunj area in the national capital, informed Gujarat Police on Sunday.The accused has been identified as Wadiullah Rahimulla."Based on the information provided by Surat Crime Branch unit to Gujarat ATS, an Afghani named Wadiullah Rahimulla was arrested with 4 kg of heroin from Vasant Kunj area of Delhi," said police.A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against the accused.Earlier on Friday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized 200 kg of ganja worth Rs 4 crore in Mumbai."210 kgs ganja worth Rs 4 crore and a vehicle used for transportation have been seized and one person arrested," said NCB officials.As per reports, the drug was being transported to Mumbai and adjoining areas.Assam Police had also seized a huge quantity of contraband drugs worth Rs 12 lakh and apprehended two drug peddlers in the Karimganj district on late Thursday night.Based on secret information, a team of Karimganj district police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gitartha Dev Sarma launched an operation and intercepted a four-wheeler in the Bhanga area in the district and seized 131 grams of heroin and three packets of Yaba tablets weighing about 66 grams from the vehicle.Last month, the Assam Police had seized 92.550 kg of ganja and arrested one person.According to Police, the arrested person has been identified as Koilash Das.Earlier on August 27, the NCB carried out raids in the Ghatkopar area in Mumbai and arrested a 24-year-old youth.According to NCB, the arrested person, Subham Bhagat, is a gym trainer and used to smuggle drugs.NCB had received secret information and on the basis of that, raids were conducted at the house of Subham and recovered different types of drugs.NCB said it recovered ganja, charas, LSG paper and other drugs from his house.The NCB registered a case against him and presented him before the court. The court sent him to NCB custody for two days.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNCB officials said that many more people are associated with Subham in the drug dealing and more arrests will soon be made.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Pakistani mafia fear Gujarat police, audio clip shows
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A series of drug busts carried out by the Gujarat police, mainly the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), over the past few years is proving to be a deterrent for international drug mafias, indicates an audio clip of a purported conversation between a mafia member and a Pakistani drug baron. "It is impossible to send narcotic substances to India," he can be heard telling his boss in the clip obtained from Gujarat police. "See Hashimbhai, I had meetings with some people, but nobody is ready to sail with the drugs. Not just 190 miles, the Indian forces have been patrolling up to 400 miles and till the international border. It is impossible to sail with the maal (drugs)," he is heard telling Hashim, the drug lord, in the audio clip. He is also heard saying that it was impossible to land in the coastal districts of Jamnagar and Porbandar. "Who does not want money? But even the bravest people, the sailors and the drug runners, are not ready to carry the drugs. There is not even 1% chance of escaping India (police and defence forces)," he is heard as saying. Indicating that Gujarat ATS gets information pronto about the slightest movement of a drug consignment, he says, "If a ship loaded with heroin sets sail, the cops would come to know of it." According to the cops, there is a growing fear of Gujarat police and the ATS among the international drug mafias following the arrest of 667 mafia members and 422 cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Drugs worth Rs 5,000 crore and weighing around 25,699kg have been confiscated from them, said the police officers. In the past two years, Gujarat police have booked 30 Pakistanis, 17 Iranians, two Afghan nationals and one Nigerian man under the NDPS Act. The Gujarat ATS alone has conducted at least 10 major operations including mid-sea operations and raids in different parts of the country in recent times, said a source in the home department.

Pakistani mafia fear Gujarat police, audio clip shows
Coasts completely safe, Gujarat ATS is doing commendable job: BJP
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

Gujarat BJP Monday stated that under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi, Gujarat ATS has been doing a comendable job on checking smuggling of drugs from coastal border, adding that Gujarat coast has become “completely safe”.The ruling party’s statement came in the wake of social media posts by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raising questions over recovery of huge drug consignments from Mundra port.On Monday, Gandhi posted figures of three drug recoveries allegedly worth around Rs 22,000 crore at Mundra port since September 2021 on the social media.“Which are the people in the government of double engine who are providing protection to drugs and liquor mafias? Why the youths of Gujarat are being pushed into addiction,” Gandhi said.The Congress leader also raised question in this regard while stating if the law and order situation in Gujarat has collapsed.In an apparent reply to this, the Gujarat BJP issued video statement of its state spokesperson Yamal Vyas saying, “Under the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi, Gujarat ATS is doing a comendable work. In collaboration with the Coast Guard, they have registered more than 400 cases under the NDPS Act in the past six months. More than 600 persons have been arrested for smuggling of drugs that include Pakistani, Iranian, Afghan and Nigerian citizens.”“Value of 25,000 kilograms of drugs caught in the international market is more than Rs 5,000 crore.Gujarat’s coast has become completely safe and it is a big event in the direction of stopping country’s youth from getting addicted to drugs,” he added.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTaking a dig at Opposition Congress, Vyas said, “When Gujarat police is doing such good work, what is the problem of Congress? When youths of entire country are being stopped from drug addiction, Congress is opposing it, which is condemnable.”

Coasts completely safe, Gujarat ATS is doing commendable job: BJP
‘Terror module’: NIA, Gujarat ATS raids in 4 Gujarat cities
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) conducted raids in Ahmedabad, Surat, Navsari and Bharuch and detained multiple people for questioning as part of nationwide coordinated raids against an alleged terror module Sunday.According to Gujarat ATS officials, a combined team of NIA and ATS raided different locations in the four cities Sunday. Police said the raid started in Surat city Saturday night and on Sunday morning, different teams raided locations in Ahmedabad, Navsari and Bharuch.Shahpur and Dariyapur areas in Ahmedabad were raided by the combined teams. “In an ongoing investigation, NIA has conducted raids at four different places, i.e., Ahmedabad, Surat, Navsari and Bharuch. Questioning of three persons is going on,” said a senior Gujarat ATS official.

‘Terror module’: NIA, Gujarat ATS raids in 4 Gujarat cities
  • Raids and a long arc: ‘Crores’ in Bengal, just one among many
  • The Indian Express

    On Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed to have seized cash worth Rs 27.90 crore and around 6 kg of gold from a flat belonging to former actor Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee, who is under arrest for a school jobs scam. Speaking to The Indian Express, an ED official said the “counting went on for several hours”.The seizure, the ED said, included cash worth Rs 27.9 crore (Rs 2,000 notes packed into bundles of Rs 50 lakh each, and Rs 500 notes packed into bundles of Rs 20 lakh each), gold and jewellery worth Rs 4.31 crore (3 gold bricks of 1 kg each, 6 bangles of 500 gram each among other jewellery and one gold pen).In an earlier raid on another of Mukherjee’s flats located in Tollygunge in south Kolkata, ED officials said they had found cash running to nearly Rs 20 crore, along with more than 50 lakh in foreign currency, 20 mobile phones and a cache of incriminating documents.A look at some raids that made news in the past.*July 2022On July 6, the Income Tax (I-T) department raided over 40 premises in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai in connection with two Tamil Nadu-based business groups and detected “undisclosed” income of more than Rs 500 crore. It said the groups were “suppressing” their taxable income by claiming bogus purchases and expenses.* March 2022The I-T department claimed to have stumbled upon undisclosed income worth Rs 224.25 crore from a Pune-based start-up, whose annual turnover was estimated to be over Rs 5,000 crore, dealing with construction material. Officials at the time said this was the largest such find from a Pune company, especially a start-up. A total of 14 search and nine survey operations were carried out on company premises in Mumbai, Thane, Pune Noida, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nashik, Sangli and Indore.* December 2021Officials from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Department recovered Rs 150 crore from across multiple locations in Kanpur, allegedly linked to businessman Piyush Jain, who dealt with pan masala and perfumes.At the time, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) Chairman Vivek Johri said it was the biggest recovery ever in the history of the department.* December 2016I-T officials claimed to have found Rs 5.7 crore in then newly-introduced Rs 2,000 currency notes in a secret compartment in a bathroom wall at the home of KC Veerendra, a JD (S) member.Veerendra, two of his associates, unidentified officials of the SBI, SBM, ICICI and Kotak Mahindra Banks and an RBI official were arrested.*August 2015The Anti-Corruption Bureau claimed to have recovered cash worth Rs 20.07 crore, bank and post office deposit certificates of Rs 58 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 14 lakh from the house of a sub-assistant engineer employed with the Bally municipality, Pranab Adhikary. He and his son Tanmay were subsequently arrested. The same year, the Bally municipality was merged with the Howrah Municipal Corporation. CPM’s Arunava Lahiri was also raided as part of the probe.*November 2014Income-Tax officials raided premises connected to Yadav Singh, the engineer-in-chief of Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, to investigate alleged tax evasion while selling plots in Noida.I-T officials claimed to have seized over 2 kg of gold and diamond jewellery and Rs 10 lakh in cash from Singh’s house. They also seized Rs 10 crore that they found in an SUV, the key to which was reportedly found at the residence of Rajendra Minocha, a director of Mcconn Infra Private Limited. Yadav’s wife Kusumlata was director of this firm till 2012-13.Additionally, Rs 40 lakh was seized from the residence of Anil Peshawari, a partner in Meenu Creations, a designer attire firm that had Kusumlata as the board of directors, and Rs 40 lakh in cash from Meenu Creations’ office.*August 2014The I-T department claimed to have seized nearly Rs 390 crore cash during searches at properties linked to three builders — Amey Builders and Property Developers, Swastik Spaces Limited and MAAD Group of Companies — in Mumbai. One of the builders was said to be a relative of Hitendra Thakur, a former MLC.As per officers, the search and seizures began in the end of July and continued till August first week, and involved 120 officers. They searched around 60 office spaces and residential premises of construction companies.* October 1989Income tax officers in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzzafarnagar and Bijnor raided nine premises linked to steel and paper mill owner Harish Chhabra and jeweller Chittaranjan Swarup in order to recover cash around Rs 2 crore, as per reports.* July 1981For about three nights and two days, about 90 officers conducted simultaneous raids in different properties connected to former MP and industrialist Sardar Inder Singh’s family members in Kanpur. Additionally, factories linked to Singh were sealed. A total of Rs 92 lakh, 250 tolas of gold worth Rs 11 lakh, two gold bars worth Rs 9.12 lakh, jewellery worth Rs 7.54 lakh, 144 guineas of Rs 1.85 lakh and fixed deposits worth Rs 7.04 lakh were obtained according to reports.

Gujarat ATS arrests gangster Bika
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Monday evening caught Arvind Singh Bika, a notorious Rajasthan-based gangster, from Hirawadi in Bapunagar. He has been booked for 35 serious offences including murder, attempt to murder, robbery, extortion and firing on cops in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Kerala. According to the ATS officers, police sub-inspector BH Korat received an input that Bika was in the Hirawadi area of the city to steal a car and had weapons in his possession. A team of Gujarat ATS was deployed in Hirawadi to keep a watch on the goings on there after they learnt that he had leased a room in a chawl. “On Monday evening, the cops spotted Bika walking towards Hirawadi crossroads. They began following him and at an opportune moment, overpowered him. The cops found a loaded pistol and five cartridges from his possession,” said an ATS officer. They also found a pistol and a country-made revolver from his bag. The officer said that Bika had come to the city to steal a car to commit a robbery either in the city or in north Gujarat. He was to escape to Rajasthan after executing the crime. The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad booked him under the Arms Act and Gujarat Police Act on Tuesday and began investigation. The ATS officer said that Bika and about 50 of his gang members were active in Gujarat in 2017-18. In June 2018, Bika’s gang members Pintoo Singh, Arvind Singh Rathod, Dinesh Bapji, Vinod Malviya and Pratap Singh had opened fire on a team of cops from the city crime branch when they raided an apartment in Kathwada to nab burglars.

Gujarat ATS arrests gangster Bika
Rajasthan gangster wanted in three states arrested by Gujarat ATS
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A Rajasthan-based gangster, wanted in more than 30 cases including murder and jail-break, has been arrested by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Ahmedabad, officials said on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, an ATS team laid a trap at Hirawadi crosroads in the city on Monday evening and nabbed Arvind Singh Bika, a native of Gulabgunj village in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, an official release said. Bika was on the run after escaping from prison in Deesa town in Gujarat's Banaskantha district in 2017. Two pistols, a country-made gun and five live cartridges were seized from his possession, it added. A fresh case under the Arms Act was registered against Bika who is wanted in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Kerala in 35 criminal cases, the ATS release said. His gang, consisting of around 15 persons, was involved in serious crimes like murder, loot, theft, extortion, jail-break and firing on police to free gang members, it said. Bika was also fond of posting threatening videos and photos on social media where he posed with weapons, it added. In 2016, Bika allegedly opened fire on a Rajasthan police team near Aburoad and freed murder accused Surendrasinh Novi from their custody. In the same year, Bika and his gang robbed an employee of an angadia (courier) firm in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. Later, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Rajasthan for firing on a youngster in Sirohi. In 2017, he was arrested by Gujarat Police for a bank robbery in Dhanera town of Banaskantha district, but he escaped from Deesa jail and had been on the run since then. In 2018, Bika and his gang robbed an angadia firm employee, a petrol pump and an employee of a cooperative society in different parts of Gujarat, the ATS said.

Rajasthan gangster wanted in three states arrested by Gujarat ATS
  • Gujarat ATS arrests Rajasthan gangster wanted in over 35 criminal cases
  • The Indian Express

    The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested a Rajasthan-based gangster, who was wanted in 35 criminal cases, including murder, across three states in India.According to ATS officials, Arvind Singh Bika, a resident of Sirohi in Rajasthan, was arrested from Hirawadi Char Rasta in Ahmedabad on Monday evening. Bika is wanted in over 35 criminal cases in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Kerala, including murder, attempt to murder, loot, assault, rioting, robbery, extortion, jail break, assaulting police personnel, firing upon police teams etc. Two pistols and live ammunition were recovered from him, police said.“A team detained Bika from Hirawadi Char Rasta. The accused used to run a 15-member gang in Rajasthan and has been involved in over 35 criminal cases. He is often seen posting threatening videos on social media with him posing with weapons,” a senior official of Gujarat ATS said.According to the police, Bika was arrested in 2016-17 for looting a bank in Dhanera taluka of Banaskantha. However, he broke out of Deesa jail in 2017 and has been on the run since. 

45 held with illegal firearms in 2 months
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) officers on Monday said that they have arrested 45 men — from whom 96 pistols, two country-made revolvers and 18 cartridges were recovered — from various districts of Saurashtra between May 5 and July 17, during investigation of an Arms Act case. Gujarat ATS made the first arrest on May 3, nabbing the two persons from Surendranagar district — Devendra Boria, a resident of Sudamna village in Sayla taluka and Champraj Khachar, a resident of Than — at the Geeta Mandir ST bus stand. Investigators had found four country-made revolvers, two with each of them. During their interrogation, it emerged that they had delivered illegal firearms to many others in Surendranagar, Botad and Rajkot districts of Saurashtra. Investigators said they have identified 45 accused — from Surendranagar (15), Botad (20), Rajkot (five), Vadodara (three) and one each from Junagadh and Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. All of them have been arrested under the Arms Act. ATS officers said they recovered 96 pistols, two country-made revolvers and 18 cartridges from these accused, none of whom have firearm licences. The investigation revealed that Boria and Khachar had bought at least 100 weapons from Madhya Pradesh and delivered them to several people, mainly in Saurashtra but also in Vadodara. Investigators said Boria had jumped bail after being held for a case of attempted murder lodged with Sayla police of Surendranagar district on February 28, 2022. He was also accused in cases under the Arms Act and Prohibition Act. Khachar was also allegedly involved in attempted murder and offences under the Arms Act and Prohibition Act in Surendranagar.

45 held with illegal firearms in 2 months
Mundra port heroin recovery: ATS questions Ludhiana custom house agent
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

LUDHIANA: A day after the Punjab Police and Gujarat’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) recovered 75kg heroin from a container at Mundra port in Gujarat, the ATS team reached Ludhiana and questioned the custom house agent (CHA) who had earlier worked for a Malerkotla-based trader, who got the container shipped from UAE. Earlier in 2021 also, this CHA had worked for the trader. Earlier, the Ludhiana police officials too had questioned him. As per the police, the initial questioning indicates that the CHA has no role in the smuggling of drugs in the container. In fact, he had asked the Malerkotla-based trader to not process the clearance of container until the completion of the documents, police said The CHA has been identified as Shatrughan, who works for Amrit Sea Air Expressway. During the questioning, the police found that Shatrugan was known to the Malerkotla trader Sahil Jain, who got the container shipped, for years. Commissioner of police Kaustubh Sharma said, “We have questioned the custom house agent Shatrugan who stated that he knows Sahil Jain, who ordered for the container, for years. Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Sahil had exported some e-tandoors, folding beds and clay utensils. That time too, Shatrugan had worked for him to process the shipment. However, they did not work during the Covid- 19 and now again Sahil has approached him for the clearance of the container of clothing material.” “During the questioning, Shatrugan stated that he was not satisfied with the documents provided by Jain. However Jain hurriedly got the container shipped to Mundra port. Due to the incomplete documents, Shatrugan did not apply for the clearance of the container,” added Sharma. “The ATS team har visited the city, questioned him and left. He has been asked to appear at ATS’s office in Ahemdabad. The initial questioning suggests that Shatrughan has no role in the smuggling of contraband” added CP Sharma.

Mundra port heroin recovery: ATS questions Ludhiana custom house agent
Gujarat Drug Seizure: Heroine Was To Be Routed Via Punjab, Says Top Cop
Ndtv | 4 months ago | |
Ndtv
4 months ago | |

The container was opened up which led to the recovery of a big haul of 75 kg heroin.Chandigarh: Police on Tuesday said the consignment of 75 kg heroin, which was seized from a container at Mundra Port in Gujarat, was to be routed to some other place via Punjab.The Punjab Police in a joint operation with the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad on Tuesday seized 75 kg of heroin from the container at the Mundra Port, said DGP Gaurav Yadav here.He said the Punjab Police shared the input regarding the smuggling of heroin from UAE to Punjab with the central agencies and the Gujarat ATS.The contraband was kept concealed in the container of unstitched clothes using a cardboard pipe which was further camouflaged by an oversized plastic pipe, said the DGP.The container, which was loaded from Jebel Ali port in UAE, was booked by an importer from Malerkotla, Punjab, said Yadav.As per preliminary investigations, the director general of police (DGP) said as the links of the container have been established with Punjab, this consignment was to be routed to some other place via Punjab.“Punjab part is being explored and investigated,” he added.DGP Yadav said that following inputs, the Punjab Police's State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) SAS Nagar had immediately sent police teams to Gujarat and deputed them at the Mundra Port. “In coordination with the central agency and ATS Gujarat, the searches were made at the Mundra Port with the help of Customs,” he said, adding that after following due procedure and documentation, the container was opened up which led to the recovery of a big haul of 75 kg heroin.The consignment was opened in presence of customs officials and magistrate, he stated.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comTo ascertain backward and forward linkages, some suspected persons from Malerkotla and Ludhiana found to be linked with this import of consignment have been called for questioning by the concerned district police, said DGP Yadav. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Gujarat Drug Seizure: Heroine Was To Be Routed Via Punjab, Says Top Cop
Guj ATS begins op to search for drugs at Mundra port
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) late on Monday evening began an operation to search narcotic substances at the Mundra port of Kutch, said officers.Sources in the police said that the ATS has been conducting an operation with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) based on an input about a huge stock of narcotic substances are stored in the Mundra port.“There is an ongoing operation for drugs seizure at Mundra port. Unless and until, we recovered and checked the quality and quantity of the drugs, we cannot divulge any information on this operation. But it is confirmed that there is going to be a drugs seizure in Mundra,” said an ATS officer.Sources in the police said a team of ATS landed at Mundra port early Monday morning and started inquiring into the case.In April, Gujarat ATS and DRI had seized 260kg of heroin worth Rs 1,300 crore concealed in a container at the Kandla port in Kutch.The 1,600km coastline of Gujarat seems to have turned into a favourite for international and inter-state drug mafias who have recently been using it to sneak narcotics into the country.In September 2021, the largest seizure of narcotic substances in the country was reported at Mundra port where a consignment of 3,000kg of heroin was seized by the DRI.Later, the investigation was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).According to the police officers, after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, seizures include 3,000kg drugs in Mundra, two mid-sea operations by ATS where 35kg and 77kg heroin were seized, followed by 146kg heroin seizure from a Morbi village and other parts of coastal Saurashtra. In all the cases, the drugs originated from Afghanistan.

Guj ATS begins op to search for drugs at Mundra port
Trio who attacked cop at Bhim held in Gujarat
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Udaipur: Three men who had attacked police constable Sandeep Choudhary in Bhim on June 29 have been brought to Rajsamand following their arrest in Vadodara by Rajsamand police with the help of Gujarat ATS on Friday. Cases under National Security Act (NSA) and Rajasthan Prevention of Anti-social Activities Act (RAJPASA) have been registered against them. Rajsamand SP Sudhir Choudhary said the three accused were involved in the attack on the police constable during an agitation on June 29. TNN

Trio who attacked cop at Bhim held in Gujarat
  • Three wanted over attack on Rajasthan cop after Udaipur killing held in Vadodara
  • The Indian Express

    The Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) arrested three persons allegedly involved in grievously injuring a police constable in Bhim of Rajsamand in Rajasthan during violent protests that took place in the wake of Udaipur killing.According to Gujarat ATS officials, the three accused identified as Mahavir alias Gujjar Don, Balveer alias Veer and Shravan alias Villain were held by a team from a remote location in Vadodara.According to the police, the three accused were allegedly involved in striking a sword at the neck of Rajasthan police constable Sandeep Chaudhary in Bhim during a protest demonstration against the terror killing of a Hindu tailor by two accused persons in Udaipur.“On June 29, there were protests held across Rajasthan due to the killing in Udaipur. During the protest demonstration in Bhim, a few anti social elements had started rioting and attacking policemen on duty with stone pelting and sharp weapons. In that regard, constable Chaudhary was attacked with a sword and he remains in critical condition in a hospital in Ajmer. The three accused were held from Limda in Waghodia of Vadodara based on specific input. The accused will be handed over to Rajsamand police,” said a senior official of Gujarat ATS.On June 28, two accused — Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad — hacked to death victim Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a tailor, at his shop in Udaipur, allegedly over a post shared by Kanhaiya Lal on social media in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma who allegedly made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Mohammad during a live television debate. The two accused Akhtari and Mohammad were held shortly after the murder by Rajasthan Police, even as gruesome videos made by them, allegedly for the purpose of terrorism, went viral on social media. Later, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed the NIA to take over the case.

Udaipur killing: ATS probing persons part of WhatsApp group
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) is investigating a few persons from Ahmedabad who were allegedly part of a WhatsApp group with a person who was allegedly involved in the conspiracy of Udaipur murder.According to senior officials of the Gujarat ATS, an ongoing investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the killing of a tailor in Udaipur, over sharing a remark on the Prophet, has revealed the presence of a WhatsApp group in which several persons were part, including the accused killers.However, a Gujarat ATS official confirmed to The Indian Express that no connection of any person from Ahmedabad or Gujarat has come out in the conspiracy.“We have not found connection of anyone from Ahmedabad or Gujarat in relation to the murder or conspiracy. However, we are investigating certain persons who were part of a WhatsApp group, to check whether they were involved in any suspicious activity. The investigation is at a preliminary stage,” said a senior ATS official.On June 28, Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad killed Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a tailor, at his shop in Udaipur, allegedly over a post he shared on social media in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remark on the Prophet during a television debate.Rajasthan police arrested Akhtari and Mohammad shortly after the murder, even as gruesome videos made by them went viral on social media. Later, the Ministry of HomeAffairs (MHA) directed the NIA to take over the investigation.The NIA has made two more arrests in the case — Mohammad Mohsin and Aasif — for allegedly being involved in the murder conspiracy.

Udaipur killing: ATS probing persons part of WhatsApp group
SIT probing ex-DGP, Teesta: Cops probed 2002 riots, fought land mafia, served in ATS
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

THE Gujarat government has announced a special investigation team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP RB Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. The three were charged following a Supreme Court order upholding a clean chit to the Modi government in the 2002 riots, which passed strictures against the three. The FIR against the three quotes extensively from the Supreme Court order.A profile of the SIT:Deepan Bhadran: The head of the team, the 41-year-old police officer is a native of Kerala and an IPS officer of the 2007 batch. A B.Tech in Electronics Engineering, he has served at various crucial positions in the Gujarat Police, including the much-coveted DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad, post from 2015 to 2020, and as in-charge SP of the Gujarat ATS. During his Ahmedabad stint, he upgraded policing skills with crucial software inputs.As DCP, Crime, among the cases he handled was the assassination attempt on former home minister Gordhan Zadafia, and tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat workers who had attended a Delhi congregation ahead of the Covid pandemic, and a Jet Airways threat letter case.In September 2020, Bhadran was transferred as the SP of Jamnagar to deal with land mafia in the city. The move was welcomed on Twitter by Reliance Industries Director, Corporate Affairs, and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, who said, “Your posting here will give a great relief to the law-abiding citizens, land owners, builders, businessmen, traders & factory owners of the area.” Jamnagar is home to the Reliance refinery and several critical installations.Bhadran’s biggest achievement in the posting was busting of a land mafia gang led by Jayesh Patel, whose several members were arrested before Patel himself was detained by Interpol in London in March 2021.This led to Bhadran being promoted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), ATS, Ahmedabad headquarters. It was done by upgrading the vacant ex-cadre post of SP, ATS, to the vacant ex-cadre post of DIG, ATS in December 2021.Chaitanya Mandalik: Also a B.Tech, in Civil Engineering, Mandlik, 36, is an IPS of 2011 batch. Originally from Maharashtra, he had ruffled a few feathers as a probationary officer in 2013 when he had busted a gambling den of a BJP member in Rajkot and then led a raid against the same leader’s godown to seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore.Mandlik served as ASP, Diyodar, Banaskantha, in 2015; SP, Mehsana, from 2016 to 2018; and SP, Sabarkantha, till 2021. During his time in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, Mandlik was credited with controlling law and order following the Patidar agitation. In January 2021, he was transferred as DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad.Sunil Joshi: An IPS officer of 2010 batch, the 37-year-old Joshi served as SP, Valsad, from 2016 to 2020, and later as SP, Devbhoomi Dwarka. In November 2021, while he was posted at Devbhoomi Dwarka, he had seized Rs 313 crore worth of drugs, leading to the arrest of three people. As a promotion posting, he was transferred to the ATS last year.B C Solanki: A state cadre officer, Solanki, 61, retired last year as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group (SOG), Ahmedabad, and is currently on extension. He has been named the investigating officer in the Teesta-Sreekumar-Bhatt case. Solanki was part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases (it was the clean chit by the SIT that was upheld by the Supreme Court) and, in 2018, while posted as ACP, SOG, probed allegations against Setalvad’s organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace of illegally exhuming bodies related to the 2002 riots.P G Vaghela: Deputy SP Vaghela was among the 18 officers who investigated the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts which led to the death of 56 people. A court recently convicted 49 people for the blasts, with death sentences to 38. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) team including Vaghela, 56, led by now Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia, had made the first arrest after 19 days of investigation, including tracking lakhs of cellphone calls.A D Parmar: Parmar, 61, retired as an inspector and is currently on extension. He was also part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT which probed the Gujarat riots, and later served in the SOG of Ahmedabad Police and the Crime Branch.Hiral Raval: A police inspector with the Ahmedabad DCB, Raval, who is in his late 20s, is a direct recruit in the Gujarat Police through GPSC.

SIT probing ex-DGP, Teesta: Cops probed 2002 riots, fought land mafia, served in ATS
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    The Gujarat government has announced a special investigative team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP R B Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. The three were charged following a Supreme Court order upholding a clean chit to the Modi government in the 2002 riots, which passed strictures against the three. The FIR against the three quotes extensively from the Supreme Court order.A profile of the SITDeepan Bhadran: The head of the team, the 41-year-old police officer is a native of Kerala and an IPS officer of the 2007 batch. A B.Tech in Electronics Engineering, he has served at various crucial positions in the Gujarat Police, including the much-coveted DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad, post from 2015 to 2020, and as in-charge SP of the Gujarat ATS. During his Ahmedabad stint, he upgraded policing skills with crucial software inputs.As DCP, Crime, among the cases he handled was the assassination attempt on former home minister Gordhan Zadafia, and tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat workers who had attended a Delhi congregation ahead of the Covid pandemic, and a Jet Airways threat letter case.In September 2020, Bhadran was transferred as the SP of Jamnagar to deal with land mafia in the city. The move was welcomed on Twitter by Reliance Industries Director, Corporate Affairs, and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, who said, “Your posting here will give a great relief to the law-abiding citizens, land owners, builders, businessmen, traders & factory owners of the area.” Jamnagar is home to the Reliance refinery and several critical installations.Bhadran’s biggest achievement in the posting was busting of a land mafia gang led by Jayesh Patel, whose several members were arrested before Patel himself was detained by Interpol in London in March 2021.This led to Bhadran being promoted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), ATS, Ahmedabad Headquarters. It was done by upgrading the vacant ex-cadre post of SP, ATS, to the vacant ex-cadre post of DIG, ATS in December 2021.Chaitanya Mandalik: Also a B.Tech, in Civil Engineering, Mandlik, 36, is an IPS of 2011 batch. Originally from Maharashtra, he had ruffled a few feathers as a probationary officer in 2013 when he had busted a gambling den of a BJP member in Rajkot and then led a raid against the same leader’s godown to seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore.Mandlik served as ASP, Diyodar, Banaskantha, in 2015; SP, Mehsana, from 2016 to 2018; and SP, Sabarkantha, till 2021. During his time in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, Mandlik was credited with controlling law and order following the Patidar agitation. In January 2021, he was transferred as DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad.Sunil Joshi: An IPS officer of 2010 batch, the 37-year-old Joshi served as SP, Valsad, from 2016 to 2020, and later as SP, Devbhoomi Dwarka. In November 2021, while he was posted at Devbhoomi Dwarka, he had seized Rs 313 crore worth of drugs, leading to the arrest of three people. As a promotion posting, he was transferred to the ATS last year.B C Solanki: A state cadre officer, Solanki, 61, retired last year as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group (SOG), Ahmedabad, and is currently on extension. He has been named the investigating officer in the Teesta-Sreekumar-Bhatt case. Solanki was part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases (it was the clean chit by the SIT that was upheld by the Supreme Court) and, in 2018, while posted as ACP, SOG, probed allegations against Setalvad’s organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace of illegally exhuming bodies related to the 2002 riots.P G Vaghela: Deputy SP Vaghela was among the 18 officers who investigated the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts which led to the death of 56 people. A court recently convicted 49 people for the blasts, with death sentences to 38. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) team including Vaghela, 56, led by now Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia, had made the first arrest after 19 days of investigation, including tracking lakhs of cellphone calls.A D Parmar: Parmar, 61, retired as an inspector and is currently on extension. He was also part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT which probed the Gujarat riots, and later served in the SOG of Ahmedabad Police and the Crime Branch.Hiral Raval: A police inspector with the Ahmedabad DCB, Raval, who is in his late 20s, is a direct recruit in the Gujarat Police through GPSC.

New SIT quizzes Teesta Setalvad, ex-cop; to vet old documents
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe charges of fabrication of evidence against activist Teesta Setalvad, former DGP R B Sreekumar, and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt began an inquiry into the case on Monday and interrogated Setalvad and Sreekumar. The newly formed SIT will analyse the documents of the SIT appointed in 2008 by the Supreme Court and headed by former CBI director R K Raghavan. The old SIT had probed whether the state's functionaries were involved in the 2002 riots. "We will examine all the documents, especially the affidavits, filed with the 2008 SIT and with the Justice Nanavati panel that had inquired into the 2002 riots," said an officer of the SIT. The apex court had on June 24 dismissed a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the February 28, 2002 massacre at Ahmedabad's Gulbarg Society. The petition filed by Jafri and Setalvad had demanded a probe into the "larger conspiracy". The petition had challenged the clean chit given to then chief minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in the post-Godhra riots. A team headed by Gujarat ATS chief Deepan Bhadran, along with ATS SP Sunil Joshi and DCP (crime) Chaitanya Mandalik, on Monday jointly interrogated Setalvad and Sreekumar, who are in the custody of the Ahmedabad crime branch. The two were arrested after the Ahmedabad crime branch filed a complaint against Setalvad, Sreekumar, and Bhatt over the alleged fabrication of documents with the intention to prosecute certain innocent people for the riots. The SIT officer said the investigators will try to ascertain why and how the accused had prepared the fabricated documents and whether they were aided and instructed by some other people. To a query about how the accused had hatched the conspiracy and when they had met for the first time, the officer said: "The investigation is at a very early stage and it will take a few days to gather more evidence to establish how they had conspired against innocent persons." Police officials said that Bhadran and all the officers of the SIT will camp at the Ahmedabad crime branch office in Raikhad to interrogate the accused. On Bhatt's arrest, another special investigation team officer said they were yet to move a transfer warrant in the case. Denied venue twice, activists hold meet at lawyer’s officeMembers of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Ahmedabad civil society had to change their venue twice to hold a meeting on Monday evening to express solidarity with recently arrested social activist Teesta Setalvad, former DGP R B Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

New SIT quizzes Teesta Setalvad, ex-cop; to vet old documents