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.
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.
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.
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.
Ahmedabad: Mumbai-based social activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested on Sunday morning after she was brought to Ahmedabad following her detention in Mumbai. Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was arrested on Saturday. Top sources in Gujarat police said that dismissed IPS officer Bhatt, who is jailed in Palanpur in a drug peddling case, is likely to be arrested in the next three-four days through a transfer warrant. The Gujarat home department formed an SIT to probe the case against Setalvad, Sreekumar and ex-IPS Sanjiv Bhatt. "The SIT will be headed by Gujarat ATS DIG Deepan Bhadran and will have Ahmedabad crime branch DCP Chaitanya Mandalik and ATS SP Sunil Joshi as its members," a home department officer said. The investigation will be carried out by Ahmedabad special operations group ACP BC Solanki. The crime branch registered the FIR on Saturday, a day after SC dismissed a petition challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Following the arrest of Setalvad and Sreekumar, crime branch sought their remand for 14 days, alleging that duo hatched a larger conspiracy with unknown persons, NGOs and entities to implicate innocent persons in the riots case. The state agency submitted that the accused duo was not cooperating in the probe. It stated that the possibility of Sreekumar colluding with Setalvad to interfere in the judicial process of riot cases in other parts of the country cannot be ruled out and needs to be investigated. Defence advocates argued that Setalvad and Sreekumar were not hardened criminals and they would cooperate and come for their deposition as and when they are required. Before being produced in court, Setalvad told reporters: "I am not a criminal." She alleged in court that she was being manhandled and suffered bruises on her hands for which she underwent medical examination at VS hospital in Ellisbridge.
MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: The FIR registered by the Ahmedabad crime branch accuses activist Teesta Setalvad specifically of "conjuring, concocting, forging and fabricating facts and documents, including witnesses' testimonies, and influencing and tutoring witnesses". The allegations are based on the cross-examination of Zakia Jafri during the Gulbarg massacre trial. Setalvad's NGO supported Jafri, who had filed the petition alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, throughout her legal battle. As part of detention procedure, the Gujarat ATS team first took Setalvad to Santacruz police station from her Mumbai home, where she lodged a complaint claiming "illegal arrest" and threat to her life, sources said. The team bringing Setalvad to Ahmedabad was expected to reach the city late Saturday. Ex-DGP RB Sreekumar was taken into custody in the evening after being summoned to the crime branch headquarters at Gaekwad Haveli for interrogation earlier in the day and then sent for a Covid test. The FIR lodged by inspector DB Barad of the Ahmedabad city crime branch against Setalvad and the two ex-IPS officers alleges that they fraudulently passed off forged documents as genuine "with intent to procure conviction of capital punishment" against those whom the SIT had cleared. Dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has been accused of making false claims in 2011 that he was present at a meeting at Narendra Modi's then residence on February 27, 2002. He alleged that the erstwhile CM asked bureaucrats to go slow on rioters. The FIR also charges Bhatt with furnishing forged documents "in order to implicate various persons". The complaint states that the SIT probe revealed he colluded with people who had vested interest, and NGOs and political functionaries who wanted to settle scores by "framing innocent individuals". Bhatt allegedly received incentives for this, the FIR states, while making a case for a detailed investigation. Sreekumar is accused of making false claims in his affidavits before the Godhra inquiry commission. The then DGP had alleged that he was illegally issued verbal orders that he recorded in a "semi-official diary". The FIR also accuses Sreekumar of resorting to "antedating" in his controversial diary and using official stamps without the knowledge of the relevant authorities. In 2006, Jafri had filed a criminal complaint alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots and accused Modi and 62 others. Her husband, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, was among the 69 victims in the Gulbarg Society massacre that took place a day after the Godhra train burning incident on February 27, 2002, in which 59 kar sevaks were killed. Cong, Left denounce Setalvad's detentionCongress reacted cautiously after Teesta Setalvad was taken into custody by Gujarat police on Saturday in connection with an FIR filed by the Ahmedabad crime branch, while the Left demanded her immediate release. Congress MP and Supreme Court advocate Abhishek Singhvi said the party hopes that the "due process of law will be followed meticulously" in the case. While asserting the party will not comment on the merits of a case with which it has no connection, Singvi denounced on Twitter attempts to "politicise" judgements of the apex court. He added that many people were convicted of murder post Godhra in the Gujarat riots. CPM, meanwhile, strongly condemned the detention of Setalvad, calling her an "indefatigable defender of human rights" and adding that the action of the Gujarat police was on "dubious grounds". "Withdraw false charges and release," CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted. CPI chief D Raja, said Setalvad had been relentlessly struggling to get justice for victims of the Gujarat riots. "Her detention by the ATS hours after home minister expressed his displeasure at Teesta's work is highly questionable. She should be released. Harassment of human rights defenders should stop," he said.
The Congress reacted cautiously on Saturday to the arrest of retired Gujarat DGP R B Sreekumar and Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat police, expressing hope and trust that due process would be followed.The Left parties, on the other hand, questioned their arrests, which came a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots.Sreekumar’s role had been called into question by the apex court. Setalvad had backed the petitioner in the case, Zakia Jafri. The two were held on charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery and other Sections of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a first information report lodged with the DCB by Inspector Darshansinh Barad, which quotes extensively from the court order.“We have heard of the arrest. It appears to be in relation to alleged offences of forgery and fabrication arising out of events that took place between the years immediately following 2002, even though the FIR registered appears to be dated June 25th, 2022. We hope and trust that proper and full due process of law will be followed meticulously,” senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi told The Indian Express. “Furthermore, it stands to reason that the Congress as a political party cannot comment on the merits of a case with which it has no connection,” he added.The CPM strongly condemned the arrest of Setalvad, calling her an “indefatigable defender of human rights”. It said that her arrest by the Gujarat police was on “dubious grounds citing the recent judgment of the Supreme Court” and demanded her release and withdrawal of what it called “false charges” against her.The Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on Saturday detained activist Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai. Setalvad’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath said: “We were not informed. They barged into (her house), they assaulted her and they’ve taken her.”https://t.co/8GmcgCqWRB pic.twitter.com/HK815WMy4i— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) June 25, 2022“Stop persecution and prosecution of relentless champions of civil liberties and human rights. Withdraw false charges and release,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.Stop persecution & prosecution of relentless champions of civil liberties & human rights. Withdraw false charges & release. https://t.co/cV9d3VyYzP— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) June 25, 2022His CPI counterpart, D Raja, said Setalvad had been relentlessly struggling to get justice for the victims of the Gujarat riots.“Her detention by the ATS hours after home minister (Amit Shah) expressed his displeasure at Teesta’s work is highly questionable. She should be released. Harassment of human rights defenders should stop,” he said.While the Congress was cautious on their arrests, it hit out at the BJP for celebrating the verdict. Singhvi said Supreme Court judgments should never be politicised. “The Supreme Court simply upheld the SIT [decision], which found no conspiracy and that violence was a spontaneous reaction. Reading political jumlas and unconnected clean chits into the Supreme Court verdict is misleading. Don’t forget that many were convicted of murder in the post-Godhra riots. Individual culpability was established. The SC only rules out conspiracy, or statements by the PM in the presence of certain police officers found to be absent. That must be respected as the apex court’s order. No more, no less,” Singhvi said.
AHMEDABAD: In a first, Gujarat Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) late on Saturday night seized a unique narcotics substance- cannabis-infused cookies along with 16 units of pure extracts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) called shatters, from a restaurant in Bhat village of Gandhinagar. This case is believed to be one such in the city and one of the rare cases in India. Earlier in June 2021, the Narcotics Control Bureau had busted a gang involved in selling weed or marijuana brownies. The cops caught Jaykishan Thakor, 28, an arts graduate, the owner of the restaurant – Chicken Chulha from where the narcotics substance weighing 294.5 worth Rs 41,000, and his friend Ankit Kulhari, 26, a BBA degree holder both residents of Ahmedabad, in the case. According to the ATS officers, they got an input that Thakor and Kulhari were selling the cannabis-infused cookies from their restaurant for around two months. “The duo got the cookies manufactured from Himachal Pradesh mainly which they sold to their regular customers. They used to tell their customers that they had brought some new stuff from Himachal Pradesh and they would give the cookies to them for which they charged between Rs 4,000 to Rs 20,000,” said an ATS officer. During their primary questioning by the Gujarat ATS officers, the duo told them that it was their first attempt only. But the further inquiry suggested that they had been selling it for at least four months in the restaurant which they opened around four years ago, said a police officer. Sources in the police said that Thakor used to bring the cannabis cookies and cannabis oil or shatter from Himachal Pradesh which Kulhari used to deliver to their customers. “Rather than pouring butter in the dough for the cookies, the narcotics sellers put the cannabis oil in the dough and made cookies from it. In such a case, no one could even doubt what has been cooked and sold because it looks like a normal cookie,” said a police officer. The two accused were handed over to the special operations group of Gandhinagar and a case under the narcotics development and psychotropic substances act was registered with Adalaj police.
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested four men allegedly involved in Rs 1,035 crore heroin seizure case through a transfer warrant from the custody of Delhi Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), officers said. The accused include two Afghanistan nationals, Mohammed Hakim Salimi, 46, and Khari Hamidullah Yusuf, 44, both natives of Badakhshan in Afghanistan and Azim Ahmed, 45, a resident of Burari in Delhi. Gujarat ATS has obtained a 10-day remand of the accused. Sources in the Gujarat ATS said that Salimi and Yusuf had processed the drugs which were seized from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. On April 23, the Indian coast guards (ICG) and ATS had apprehended a Pakistani boat named ‘Al Haj’ with nine crew members on board in the Arabian Sea near the state coast and seized 56kg of heroin worth Rs 280 crore from the vessel. The drugs consignment was sourced from Afghanistan and sent to India through a man named Mustafa from Karachi, Pakistan. Following further inquiry in the case, the Gujarat ATS seized 155kg of heroin worth Rs 755cr from Muzaffarnagar. Sources in the ATS said that a consignment of around 50 kg was also sent to Chennai. Later, the Delhi NCB team also began an investigation in the case as some of the accused were living in Delhi.
In the past, BSF and ICG have caught packets off Jakhau coast.(Representational)Ahmedabad: A patrolling team of the Border Security Force (BSF) recovered 10 packets containing hash, likely to have washed ashore from Pakistan, from an island off Jakhau coast near Gujarat's Kutch district on Sunday, officials said.The hash, which was found in packets with 'Cobra brand Kohinoor basmati rice' written on them, was recovered from Varaya Thar Bet in Karmatha off Jakhau coast, the BSF said in a release."These charas packets likely to have washed ashore from the Pakistan side and reached the Indian coast. So far since May 20, 2022, a total of 1,516 similar packets of the drug have been recovered by the BSF and other agencies," it said.On several occasions in the past, the BSF, local police, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), and customs officials have recovered packets off Jakhau coast and Creek area.This comes nearly a week after the security agencies and the police in Kutch district similarly recovered 49 packets of heroin worth Rs 250 crore after they washed ashore in the creek area of the Arabian sea near Jakhau.The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) later confirmed that the packets were part of the consignment being smuggled on a Pakistani boat that was recently apprehended by the ICG and the ATS in a joint operation.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe boat had been apprehended on the intervening night of May 30 and 31, and rummaging it had not yielded the drug as the crew members had thrown two plastic bags containing the contraband upon finding the ICG ship approaching them in the high seas, officials had said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-terrorists squad (ATS) on Monday arrested three men from a flat in the Vastrapur area of the city for allegedly selling narcotics and psychotropic substances through an e-commerce website for around one-and-a-half-year. The accused would send the drugs in boxes used by a leading e-commerce company and used VoIP and encrypted text messages to save themselves from being caught, he said, The accused procured the narcotics from outside Gujarat and have supplied the drugs so far in various parts of state, including Surat and Vadodara, the official said. The ATS got an input that some persons, hailing from Amreli district, were running the narcotics racket from a rented flat in Vastrapur area of Ahmedabad. Based on that input, an ATS team raided a flat in the Vastrapur area in the early hours of Monday and nabbed two persons with 3.63 kg of narcotics worth Rs 8.28 lakh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, ATS, Harsh Upadhyay told reporters. The seized cache included 321.52 gm of charas, 60.53 gm of opioid derivatives, 19.85 gm of amphetamine and 3.23 kg of cannabis (ganja), he said. The arrested persons were identified as Sohil Shirman and Basit Sama, both aged around 25 and residents of Mota Liliya village in Amreli. They were the couriers for the main accused named Akash Vinjhava, 29, a computer engineer from Amreli. Sohil was working for Shirman for around one year and Sama had joined him for the past three days only, said an ATS officer. Vinnjhava had assigned the financial dealings to his close aide Nanji Ramji Vagh alias Karan, 28, from Amreli. After Sama and Shirman told the police that the entire racket was being run by Vinjhava, an ATS team reached Rajula town in Amreli and arrested him from his residence early Monday morning. "Akash and the others had created an e-commerce website to take orders from drug addicts and used to supply the narcotics through a courier service or through the drivers and cleaners of private luxury buses. They used to acquire the drugs from outside Gujarat. We have also got the details of that supplier from the accused," said ATS DySP Harsh Upadhyay. The accused acquired Charas from Himachal Pradesh, Ganja from Madhya Pradesh, Hybrid cannabis and other psychotropic substances from Mumbai. To dodge the authorities and make their e-commerce venture appear legitimate, the accused used to send the drugs in boxes which are used by e-commerce giant Amazon, the official said, adding that the accused also used VoIP and encrypted text messages as a precaution to save themselves from being caught. "The accused used to accept payments through online mode or through Angadia. Till now, they have supplied drugs in different parts of Saurashtra, Surat, Vadodara and Mehsana," the official said. The three accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Vagh is on the run at present, said police officers. Vinjhava, who ran a business of selling cow ghee, was also found adulterating in the ghee, said officers.
BHUJ: A total of 49 packets containing drugs were recovered after they got washed ashore in the creek area of Arabian Sea near Jakhau in Gujarat's Kutch district, a police official said on Sunday. The drug packets were discovered by Border Security Force and local police and are suspected to be part of the consignment being smuggled on a Pakistani boat recently apprehended by Coast Guard working jointly with the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad, Kutch (West) Superintendent of Police Saurabh Singh said. "Each packet weighs around one kilogram. We are checking whether the drugs are the same that were being smuggled on the Pakistani boat. An ATS team is coming to check and confirm the same," he said. The Coast Guard had apprehended Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven crew members in the intervening night of May 30-31, working jointly with the state ATS on information that it was carrying contraband. However, rummaging of the boat had not yielded any drugs. Preliminary questioning of the seven arrested Pakistani nationals revealed that two plastic bags containing the contraband were loaded on the boat and were to be unloaded in another boat after entering Indian waters, the ATS said. After entering the Indian waters, 'Al Noman' was trying to establish contact with another boat via VHF, officials said. When they noticed the ICG ship approaching them, they threw the two bags into the sea, the officials added.
At least 257 persons were killed and over 700 injured in the bombings that ripped through MumbaiAhmedabad: The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested four persons wanted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, officials said on Tuesday.Abu Bakar, Saiyad Qureshi, Mohammad Shoeb Qureshi alias Shoeb Bawa and Mohammad Yusuf Ismail alias Yusuf Bhatka, all residents of Mumbai, were on the run for 29 years, they said.The four were arrested from Sardarnagar area of Ahmedabad on May 12 following a tip-off, said Additional Director General of Police, ATS, Amit Vishwakarma.At present they have been booked for allegedly obtaining passports on the basis of forged documents for fleeing the country in 1993, and later they would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the blasts case, said another official."To hide their real identities, they had obtained passports using forged documents. Interpol had issued a Red-Corner Notice against them on the request of the CBI which is probing the blasts case," Mr Vishwakarma told reporters.It was not clear why they were visiting Gujarat, he said, adding that they were arrested under IPC sections 466 (forgery of record), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 120-B(criminal conspiracy) besides under The Passports Act.In the 1990s, these four used to work for gold smuggler Mohammed Dossa, a henchman of fugitive gangster and the blasts' mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (ATS) Deepan Bhadran."To spread terror in India, Dossa sent them to a country in the Middle East to meet Dawood in February 1993. On Dawood's directions, they went to Pakistan to get weapons training. Pakistan's (spy agency) ISI also gave them training in the making and use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)," he said.All four were part of the conspiracy hatched by Dawood and others to carry out blasts in Mumbai, the DIG added.After the serial blasts, they obtained passports using forged documents and fled to different middle-eastern countries, said Bhadran, adding that the special Terrorist and Destructive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court, which tried the blasts case, declared them "proclaimed offenders." "It is a matter of investigation when they came back to India and what they were doing in Gujarat. Upon completion of their ATS remand in the forgery case, we will hand them over to the CBI in the blasts case," Bhadran said.Abu Bakar was also involved in the dumping of a consignment of weapons into the sea after the blasts, he said.At least 257 persons were killed and over 700 injured in the coordinated bombing that ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993.While the special TADA court in Mumbai convicted 100 of the accused, main conspirators Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon remain missing.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Gujarat ATS has seized 54 illegal guns and arrested 24 persons in multiple raids. (Representational)Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has busted an illegal arms racket and arrested 24 persons besides seizing 54 country-made guns from parts of the state, mostly the Saurasthra region, a senior official said on Thursday.The arrests were made in the last two days, he said.Preliminary probe has revealed that two main accused - Devendra Boriya and Champraj Khachar - had sold nearly 100 country-made pistols in different parts of Saurashtra, including in Surendranagar and Rajkot, in the last two years.Based on a tip-off, an ATS team nabbed Boria and Khachar, both residents of Surendrangar, from Geeta Mandir area of the Ahmedabad city on May 3, said ATS Deputy Superintendent of Police Harsh Upadhyay."We recovered four country-made pistols from their possession. The duo admitted that they had purchased the guns from Madhya Pradesh and were going to deliver the guns to a Vadodara-based person. They admitted to have sold nearly 100 such pistols in the Saurashtra region in the last two years," he added.Although they used to pay around Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 for each pistol, they would charge Rs 40,000 to Rs 1 lakh each from their customers, Mr Upadhyay said.After getting the details of their customers, the ATS teams nabbed 22 such persons from different parts of the state in 24 hours and recovered 50 pistols from their possession. In all, ATS has so far seized 54 illegal guns and arrested 24 persons.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFurther investigation into this illegal arms network is on, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Ahmedabad: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized 205.6 kg heroin worth Rs 1,439 crore from a container near Kandla port in Gujarat and arrested an importer from Punjab in this connection following an extensive search operation, the DRI said on Monday.According to a senior police official, the contraband was recovered from one of the 17 containers which had arrived at the Kandla port from Iran between September and October last year.Earlier on April 21, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad had announced that the DRI in a joint operation with the ATS seized over 200 kg of heroin worth Rs 1,300 crore after conducting a raid at a container station near Kandla port in Kutch district of the state.On Monday, the DRI in a release said, "Based on intelligence developed jointly with officers of the Gujarat ATS, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence are currently examining a consignment, imported by an Uttarakhand-based firm at Kandla port."The consignment arrived at the Kandla port from the Bandar Abbas port, Iran. The consignment, imported in 17 containers having 10,318 bags, had a gross weight of 394 metric tonnes and was declared as "gypsum powder", said the release."So far, 205.6 kg of heroin, valued at Rs 1,439 crore in the illicit market, has been recovered. A detailed examination of the consignment is still going on at the port," the DRI said."The importer was not found at the registered address in Uttarakhand. Accordingly, a manhunt was launched across the country to nab the importer," said the DRI, which has not revealed the importer's identity.The DRI conducted searches at various places across India to locate the importer, who was changing locations and hiding to evade identification.He was eventually arrested from a small village in Punjab under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The importer had tried to resist and flee, but he was nabbed by the DRI officers, said the release.The DRI acquired his transit remand from a special court in Amritsar on Sunday. He will be produced before a jurisdictional court in Bhuj town of Kutch on Monday, it said.Commenting on the development, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia said the 17 containers had arrived at the Kandla port from Iran between September and October last year and were under the scanner since then."Though the containers were searched back then also, nothing suspicious was found by the authorities. Later, based on a specific input by the ATS that one container carried the contraband, the DRI, with the help of forensic experts, recovered 205.6 kg of heroin from that container," Mr Bhatia said at the ATS headquarters here.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe development comes months after the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore from two containers at the Mundra port in Gujarat in September last year.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Convict Dheendra was arrested in 1984. (Representational)Ahmedabad: Thirty-five years after being on the run, a murder convict, who had jumped parole, was apprehended by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad in Rajkot, an official said on Saturday.An ATS team on Friday caught convict Dheendra Dhanani from Jetpur in Rajkot district, where he was living under a fake identity, he said.Dheendra was arrested in 1984 along with his brother Chandrakant for murdering one Kalu Patel and a case was registered against the duo at Chowk Bazaar police station in Surat city, the official said.The brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment, and in 1987, they were released on parole after the murder of their younger brother. They were on the run ever since, he said.Dheendra was looking for an opportunity to flee abroad like his brother Chandrakant, who remains on the run, the official said."Preliminary investigations have revealed that after jumping parole, the accused returned to his native village in Jetpur and informed the villagers and relatives that he was released by the Supreme Court," the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe then fled to Jaipur in Rajasthan, where he assumed a fake identity as Dalsukhbhai and worked as a trader before returning to his native village during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.Gujarat ATS sub-inspector RB Rana received information that Dheendra was living in Jetpur under a fake identity, following which officials worked for three months to locate the accused and track his movements, the official said.
Ahmedabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau will investigate the two big drug seizures made in Gujarat recently. The process to hand over the cases to NCB was initiated after the Centre decided that the investigative agency should check for nationwide links in the cases. The two seizures include the 120kg heroin seized from a Morbi village on November 15 and 57kg of heroin and 6 kg of methamphetamine seized from Salaya town in Devbhoomi-Dwarka between November 10 and November 20. DGP Ashish Bhatia confirmed that the NCB will take up the probe soon. A senior officer of Gujarat police said, “After it was decided that the NCB would handle the big drug seizures, the NCB DG wrote a letter to the Gujarat DGP regarding the investigation. Later, the Gujarat home department officers and the DG decided to hand over the Morbi and Dwarka cases to the NCB.” Sources in the NCB confirmed the development, saying they will soon get the documents of the case and start probe. In the Morbi case, the Gujarat ATS had on November 15 found 120kg of heroin from Jinjuvada village in Morbi district. Investigation revealed that it had been brought from Pakistani drug mafia and the delivery was made mid-sea in the last week of October. The haul was meant to be transported to Punjab. The Morbi drugs case also involved names of drug mafia in Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi. A Nigerian national and six others were arrested in this regard. During investigation, ATS seized 146 kg of drugs worth Rs 730 crore. In the same month, the Devbhoomi-Dwarka police arrested five persons, including two from Nigeria, following the seizure of heroin and methamphetamine worth Rs 315 crore. The case came to light after one Sajjad Ghosi, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra, was nabbed from a guest house in Khambhaliya town on November 10 with 11.48kg of heroin and 6.16kg of methamphetamine, collectively worth Rs 88.25 crore in the illicit market. This led to the seizure of 45kg heroin from a house in Salaya and the arrest of Salim Kara and Ali Kara, from whom Ghosi had taken delivery of the drugs.
The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Sunday arrested six Pakistani nationals and seized 77 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 385 crore from a boat mid-sea off Jakhau coast in Kutch.According to officials, a joint team of ATS and ICG intercepted a boat, Al Hussaini, 35 nautical miles from Jakhau coast in Kutch along the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) and arrested six Pakistani nationals for allegedly trying to ship the drugs from Karachi in Pakistan to India. The arrested have been identified as Mohammad Imran Vagher, Ismail Badala, Mohammad Sajid Vagher, Sagar Vagher, Mohammad Danish Vagher and Ashfaq Vagher, all residents of Karachi.At a press conference in Ahmedabad on Monday, Ashish Bhatia, Director General of Police (DGP), Gujarat Police, said, “After ATS officials received a tip that a boat carrying narcotics consignment from Karachi was to enter India, the ICG officials were contacted and using their interceptor boat, in a joint operation, six Pakistani nationals were held and 77 kilograms of heroin was seized mid-sea. The accused are being brought to Ahmedabad for further interrogation.”“Primary investigation has revealed that two handlers — Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam — who are part of Pakistan drug mafia, had contacted one of the arrested, Mohammad Imran, to arrange for six persons and set off on a fishing boat. The drugs consignment was delivered to the fishermen five nautical miles from a Karachi port by Haji Hasam’s relative, Mamu. The consignment was to be smuggled to Punjab after landing at Gujarat coast,” Bhatia said, adding the investigation in the recent cases of drug seizure in Morbi and Devbhumi Dwarka has been handed over to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).Gujarat ATS officials also added that accused smugglers were using very high frequency (VHF) channels to connect to the receivers and their code words for communication were “Hari 1 and Hari 2”.When asked about a spike in recent drug seizures off the Gujarat coast, Bhatia said, “We know that Gujarat coast is the nearest to Karachi ports, therefore, despite the current seizures, these elements have been trying to use the same route to smuggle drugs because of the huge profit margin. The ones arrested in the seizures are mere pawns and the big players are sitting over there (in Pakistan). Police have also initiated the procedure to get red corner notices issued against such persons but the results are limited.”
AHMEDABAD: In a joint operation of the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), a Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members from Karachi, allegedly carrying 77kg of heroin worth around Rs 385 crore, was held in Indian waters off the coast of Jakhau late on Sunday night, Gujarat DGP (director general of police) Ashish Bhatia said on Monday. The seizure was made in a mid-sea operation some 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat. ATS officers and the ICG team apprehended the Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with six crew members on board in Indian waters and seized 77kg of heroin. This is the biggest mid-sea seizure of contraband this year by Gujarat ATS. The operation was monitored by Gujarat ATS DIG Himanshu Shukla. The boat has been brought to Jakhau for further investigation. In September, Gujarat ATS had seized some 35kg of heroin in a mid-sea operation and arrested seven Iran nationals on September 18. On November 14, ATS sleuths raided a house at Jinjuvada village in Morbi district, arrested three persons and seized 120kg of the drug. During the investigation, they arrested around 11 persons and seized 146kg more of heroin, worth Rs 730 crore. Regarding the mid-sea operation late on Sunday night, Gujarat police officers said the Pakistani boat had left Karachi port and was trying to establish contact using the very-high frequency (VHF) radio channel and code words, 'Hari-1' and 'Hari-2', for delivery of the drugs. The joint operation was carried out after DySP of ATS Bhavesh Rozia received a tip-off that a boat from Karachi was to come 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast, after crossing the International Maritime Border Line, the officers said. The boat, belonging to one Shahbaz Ali from Karachi, left Karachi port and its crew loaded the drugs sent to them via a fibre boat about six nautical miles away from Karachi port. Interrogation of the captured Pakistani nationals revealed that the heroin was supplied by two Pakistani smugglers, identified as Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam, and according to the tip-off. It was to be delivered to elements associated with the underworld in Punjab. It was to be offloaded somewhere on the Kutch coast, said ATS officers. When challenged, the crew tried to flee but the boat was outmanoeuvred and the crew was forced to surrender by the ICG and ATS team, an official statement from the defence ministry said. Despite adverse weather conditions, the boat was thoroughly searched and five bags containing approximately 77kg of heroin were seized, it said. The crew members caught by ATS and ICG were identified as Mohammed Imran Vagher, Mohammed Sajid Vagher, Mohammed Danish Vagher, Ashfaq Vagher, all residents of Muslim Mujahid Colony, Baldiya Town, Karachi; Ismail Badala, a resident of the Badar ground area in Karachi and Sagar Vagher, a resident of Baba Island in Karachi.
AHMEDABAD: A Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members and carrying 77 kg of heroin worth around Rs 400 crore was apprehended in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, officials said on Monday. The drug seizure was made after Sunday midnight in a joint operation by the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), around 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat, they said. They apprehended the Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with six crew members on board in the Indian waters and seized "77 kg of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore," Gujarat's defence PRO said in a tweet in the morning. The boat was later brought to the Jakhau coast for further investigation, he said. The Gujarat ATS in a release said the Pakistani boat had left the Karachi port and was trying to establish contact using very high frequency (VHF) radio channel and code words, 'Hari-1' and 'Hari-2', for the delivery of the drugs. The joint operation was carried out after the ATS received a tip-off that the boat from Karachi was to reach around 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast, after crossing the International Maritime Border Line between the two countries, it said. The boat, belonging to one Shahbaz Ali, left the Karachi port and its crew members loaded the drugs sent to them on a fibre boat at a distance of six nautical miles from the Karachi port. Preliminary interrogation of the captured Pakistani nationals revealed the heroin was supplied by two Pakistani smugglers, identified as Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam, and according to the tip-off, it was to be delivered to people associated with the underworld in Punjab, the ATS said. It was to be offloaded somewhere along the Gujarat coast in Kutch, it said. When challenged, the boat's crew members tried to flee. But, the boat was outmaneuvered and the crew members were forced to surrender by the ICG and ATS team, a defence release said. Despite adverse weather conditions, the boat was thoroughly rummaged and five bags containing approximately 77 kg of heroin were seized. "The market value of the seized narcotics is estimated to be approximately Rs 400 crore," it said. The ATS said it has conducted various operations and seized around 920 kg of drugs between August 2018 and December 2021, estimated to to be priced at around Rs 4,600 crore in the international markets. The ATS has arrested some Pakistani, Iranian and Afghan nationals as well as Indians helping them smuggle the drugs using the Gujarat coast, it said. According to the Coast Guard, the latest drug haul is its second joint operation with the Gujarat ATS within three months. In September this year, they had seized 30 kg of heroin worth Rs 150 crore transported by an Iranian fishing boat at the Arabian Sea of the Gujarat coast. Prior to it, in April this year, the Coast Guard and the ATS had carried out a similar operation and apprehended a boat with eight Pakistani nationals and carrying 30 kg of heroin worth about Rs 150 crore, from the Indian waters near the Jakhau coast in Kutch, officials earlier said. Last month, the ATS had seized a heroin drug consignment worth about Rs 600 crore from an under-construction house in Gujarat's Morbi district. The ATS had said the consignment was sent by Pakistani drug dealers to their Indian counterparts via the Arabian Sea. In September this year, in the single largest heroin haul in India, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized around 3,000 kg of the drug, believed to be from Afghanistan and likely worth Rs 21,000 crore in the global market, from two containers at the Mundra port in Kutch, officials earlier said.
The Indian Coast Guard, in a joint operation with the anti-terrorist squad, seized a Pakistani fishing boat off the coast of Gujarat for allegedly carrying 77 kilograms of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore, sources said on Monday.The Pakistani boat — “Al Huseini” — was seized following an overnight operation conducted in the high seas. The boat had six members and the contraband substance was being brought to Jakhau for further investigations, the sources added.
NEW DELHI: A Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' has been apprehended in Gujarat with six crew members in the Indian waters carrying 77 kgs of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore, public relations office (PRO), defence informed on Monday. The joint operation was carried out by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). "Indian Coast Guard, in a joint operation with Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), has apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with 6 crew in Indian waters carrying 77 kgs of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crores," informed PRO Defence, Gujarat in a tweet. The @IndiaCoastGuard in a joint Ops with ATS #Gujarat has apprehended one Pak Fishing Boat "Al Huseini" with 06 câ€¦ https://t.co/g81TWkITUm— PRO Defence Gujarat (@DefencePRO_Guj) 1639962982000
Proprietors of Ahmedabad-based Popular Builders, Dashrath Patel and Raman Patel, on December 6 withdrew a petition filed in Gujarat High Court 2013 seeking investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an incident of firing at their Navrangpura office in 2004. Once witnesses in the CBI investigation of Sohrabudin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case, the two are facing criminal prosecution in several FIRs, and are in judicial custody at present.On December 8,2004, two unidentified gunmen opened fire at the office of the Patel brothers in which no one was hurt. Navrangpura police had registered a case in this regard based on a complaint lodged by the receptionist of the office who was also the lone eye-witness in the case. The case was shifted to Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch,where suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police. Later, Vanzara was transferred to Gujarat ATS as Deputy Inspector General of Police and subsequently, investigation of the firing case was also shifted to Gujarat ATS.The police had named the Patel brothers as accused in the case along with some others. While investigating the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, the CBI gave a statement that the firing at the Popular Builders’ office was a “stage-managed” one by some of the accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case like Vanzara, Abhay Chudasama and now Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Relying on the CBI statement, it was the Patel brothers’ case in their petition before the Gujarat High Court that the Sheikh fake encounter accused had conducted the firing to extort money from the petitioners and create a criminal antecedent of Sohrabuddin for taking action against him in future.The CBI had taken over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case in 2010 and 38 accused were booked including IPS officers and ministers from Gujarat and Rajasthan, including the then Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah. Sixteen of the accused including the ministers and IPS officers were discharged and rest of the 22 were acquitted of all charges.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has nabbed two more people and seized heroin worth Rs 3.25 crore from a Nigerian national's house in Delhi as part of its probe into the recovery of heroin worth Rs 730 crore from Morbi and two other districts recently, an official said on Monday. The arrested accused were identified as Sarjerao Garad (56), a resident of Pune in Maharashtra, and Javid Sodha (32) of Sachana in Jamnagar district, an ATS release said. Prior to them, the ATS had arrested 11 persons, including Nigerian national Michael Yugochukvu Christian, and recovered 146 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 730 crore. "During his remand, Christian confessed he had acquired heroin from the main accused Isa Rao, who is absconding, in the past and hid some portion of the contraband in his house in Nilothi area of Delhi. An ATS team recovered 650 grams of heroin worth Rs 3.25crore from his home. Christian has claimed he used to pay money to Isa Rao's gang through angadia," it added. As per the ATS, Garad is a peddler who used to take drugs from Rao's men and deliver them to Christian and other Nigerian receivers by traveling in buses or trains, while Sodha was one of Rao's gang members and was involved in hiding drugs at his residence and supplying it to other gang members as and when instructed by Rao. Two weeks back, the ATS arrested three persons from Morbi district and seized 120 kg of heroin worth Rs 600 crore, and then nabbed four others and recovered 24 kg of heroin worth Rs 120 crore from a house in Navadra in Devbhumi Dwarka. Later, the ATS recovered 2 kg of contraband worth Rs 10 crore from a house on the sea shore near Jamnagar city. Its probe has revealed the seized heroin was part of a consignment which was delivered to Rao's men, who went into the sea on a boat to take heroin from a Pakistani vessel off Jakhau coast in the Arabian Sea and then transported it to Morbi and other places, said the release.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-terrorism squad (ATS) probing into one of the biggest drug seizures of Gujarat, which has touched Rs 730 crore till now, arrested two more accused in connection with the case. The ATS probing into the Morbi drug seizure case on Saturday seized 650 gram heroin of around Rs 3.50 crore from the house of an accused and Nigerian citizen Michael Ugochuko in the Nilothi area of New Delhi. During the questioning of Ugochuko, it was revealed that he used to bring the drugs from the aides of a wanted accused Isa Rav. Many times, the drug consignments were delivered to Ugochuko by a man from Pune named Sarjerao Keshavrao Garaad, 56, who used to deliver the drugs either in train or bus. After Garaad delivered the drugs, Ugochsuko would send Isa Rav the payment through Angadia firms. The ATS arrested Garaad from his house on Sunday. Apart from Garaad, the Gujarat ATS also nabbed another accused Jabiyar alias Javed Sodha, 32, a resident of Sayana village in Jamnagar, who had allegedly gone to mid-sea in a boat with other accused to receive the drug consignment, said the agency officers. Both the accused were produced before a local court and sent to 12-day remand. The case come into the light when the Gujarat ATS arrested the main accused Isa Ravâs brother Mukhtar Hussein from Jamnagar, Ghulam Bhagad from Salaya in Devbhoomi-Dwarka, and Shamshuddin Saiyyed from Morbi on November 14 for possessing a part of the consignment which was nearly 120kg worth Rs 600 cr. Gujarat ATS has so far arrested 13 accused in the case.
AHMEDABAD: The recent seizures of some of the biggest drugs haul in Gujarat cannot be mere coincidence but that happened because the drug mafias had earlier could not clear the drug loads as there were restrictions of movement across the globe due to the Covid-19 pandemic and later the Taliban took over power in Afghanistan â the major manufacturer of the opium. âDue to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were restrictions in travel and transportation due to which mafias could not send the drugs by individual couriers as they earlier used to. Earlier, these drugs mafia used to send small time couriers with the drugs weighing merely in few grams or kilos,â said an agency officer. When the situation was a bit normalised post the pandemic, Taliban took over the power in Afghanistan in August this year. Due to this, the drug mafias are in a hurry to clear their stock fearing fear confiscation of the heroin stock by the Taliban and the drug lords may also face the prospect of summary execution if caught by the Taliban. Not just in India but other countries have been witnessing the big hauls of the drug seizure, said officers of different agencies. This situation also pumped in prodigious quantities of the drugs, mainly heroin, in India. In September, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized 3,000kg heroin from Mundra port in Kutch. On September19, the Gujarat Anti-terrorism squad (ATS) had seized 30kg heroin with seven Iranian crew members in a mid-sea operation. That drugs were also sent in desperation by an Iranian drugs mafia Imam Baksh. Later on November 15, the Gujarat ATS seized 120kg drugs worth Rs 600 crore from Jinjuda village of Morbi and so far nabbed seven members. The drugs consignment was sent by an alleged Pakistani drugs Mafia Zahid Baloch.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) which is investigating the seizure of 120kg of heroin in Morbi, on Tuesday arrested two persons from Sirohi in Rajasthan and one from Jamnagar. ATS sleuths also seized 24kg more of heroin, worth Rs 120 crore, from Navadra village in Jam-Kalyanpur taluka of Devbhoomi-Dwarka district, its officers said on Wednesday. The development came after ATS had on Sunday arrested three persons â Mukhtar Hussein alias Jabbar Jodiya, a resident of Jodia in Jamnagar, Ghulam Bhagad from Salaya in Devbhoomi-Dwarka, and Shamsuddin Husseinmiya Saiyyed alias Pirzada Bapu, a resident of Jinjuda village in Morbi â for possession of 120kg of heroin, worth Rs 600 crore. Hussein and Bhagad, at the instruction of Husseinâs brother Isa Rav, brought the drugs from a Pakistani drug racketeer, Zahid Bashir Baloch. During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused were active in states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab. Of the consignment of 132kg brought from Pakistan, 12kg was to be given to the aides of jailed sharpshooter Bharatbhusan Sharma alias Bhola Shooter â Ankit Jakhad and Arvind Yadav. The 12kg was to be delivered to the two by a Jamnagar resident, Iqbal Qadri. When Qadri went to deliver the drugs, a team of Gujarat ATS caught him, and Yadav, a resident of Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, from Sirohi district in Rajasthan, said an official statement of the ATS. During questioning, Yadav told cops that Sharma had been running the racket from Faridkot jail where he has been imprisoned in connection with cases of murder, attempted murder and extortion. Sharmaâs aide, Jakhad, has been managing the illicit business at his behest, said an ATS officer, adding that both Sharma and Jakhad were close aides of another gangster, Lawrence Bishnoi. The ATS officer also said that they have also detained a wanted accused, Isa Ravâs son, Hussein Rav, in the case. On questioning Mukhtar Hussein, he told cops that one consignment, 24kg, was kept at the house of Anwar Patelia at Navadra village in Jam-Kalyanpur taluka of Devbhoomi-Dwarka district. An ATS team rushed there and seized the consignment, worth Rs 120 crore.
Days after three men were arrested from Morbi with 120 kg of heroin, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested three more accused on Wednesday from Rajasthan and Devbhumi Dwarka in Gujarat and recovered 24 kg heroin.According to ATS officials, a team seized 24 kg of heroin from a house in Navadra village under Jamkalyanpur taluka of Devbhu-mi Dwarka and arrested one An-war Pateliya alias Anu Moosa. Two more accused, Iqbal Bhangariyo, a native of Jamnagar and Arvind Yadav, a native of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, were held from Sirohi of Rajasthan.On Sunday night, an ATS team had raided an under-construction house in Jinjuda village in Morbi and seized 120 kg heroin. Police had also arrested three accused- Mukhtar Hussein alias Jabbar Jodiya, Shamsuddin Saiyyed and Ghulam Husseinmiya Bhagad during the raid.According to ATS, the heroin consignment was originally shipped from Pakistan in the last week of October and the accused had received the consignment mid sea in their dhow.“Among the three accused held on Sunday, Mukhtar Hussein told us that he is in contact with drug suppliers in Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. He told us that he had sent 12 kg of heroin to Rajasthan where Iqbal Bhangariyo had delivered it to two persons Ankit Jakhad and Arvind Yadav, who both work for drug mafia Bhola Shooter in Rajasthan. Bhola is currently lodged in Faridkot jail in Punjab and he used Ankit and Arvind for drug supply,” said an ATS official.“It has also come out that Bhola Shooter works for Rajasthan gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. After we received intelligence input, Arvind Yadav and Iqbal Bhangariyo were held from Sirohi in Rajasthan. Additionally, Mukhtar Hussein told us that he had hidden another consignment of 24 kilograms of Heroin in village in Devbhumi Dwarka. A team was sent with him and we recovered the drugs from the house of Anwar Pateliya in Nava-dra village,” the official added.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) arrested three persons from a village in Morbi district with 120kg of heroin on Sunday night. The seized drugs have an estimated international value of Rs 600 crore, DGP Ashish Bhatia told reporters here on Monday. This drug consignment was allegedly sent by a resident of Pakistan, Zahid Bashir Baloch. He is a wanted absconder in the 2019 case in which 227kg of heroin was seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. Acting on an input received by deputy superintendent of police, ATS, K K Patel, a team of the Gujarat ATS led by DSP Bhavesh Rojiya raided an under-construction house belonging to one Shamsuddin Husseinmiya Saiyyed near the Dargah of Kotawala Pir in Jinjuda village of Maliya-Miyana in Morbi. The heroin was seized after the raid. Patel had received an intelligence input to the effect that one of the accused, Mukhtar Hussein alias Jabbar Jodiya, and Ghulam Bhagad, residents of Jodia in Jamnagar and Salaya in Devbhoomi-Dwarka respectively, had smuggled in the narcotics through the sea route. According to the input, the two accused were going to meet at night at the house of the third accused, Shamsuddin Husseinmiya Saiyyed alias Pirzada Bapu. Consequently, an ATS team nabbed the accused with the heroin at Saiyyedâs house. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the consignment of heroin was brought by Hussein and Bhagad via the sea route and they had received the delivery from a Pakistani boat. Isa Rav Hussein, brother of Mukhtar Hussein, was in contact with Pakistani-resident Baloch and had exchanged the coordinates for the delivery of the drugs in a mid-sea operation. The drug consignment was delivered in the last week of October and it was initially hidden in the coastal region near Salaya. It was subsequently moved to Saiyyedâs house in Jinjuda village in Morbi.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Sunday night arrested three persons with 120 kg of heroin worth Rs 600 crore in illicit market from a village in Morbi district, said officers on Monday. Deputy superintendent of police, ATS, KK Patel gathered an intelligence input that the accused Mukhtar Hussein alias Jabbar Jodiya and Ghulam Bhagad, residents of Jodia in Jamnagar and Salaya in Devbhoomi-Dwarka respectively, brought the narcotic substances through the sea route. According to the input, the two accused were going to assemble in the night at the house of the third accused Shamsuddin Husseinmiya Saiyyed alias Pirzada Bapu, located near the Dargah of Kotawala Pir in Jinjuda village of Maliya-Miyana in Morbi. Acting on the input, a team of the Gujarat ATS, led by DySP Bhavesh Rojiya, had raided the under-construction house belonging to Saiyyed and recovered 120 kg of heroin with an estimated international value of Rs 600 crore, said DGP Ashish Bhatia before reporters on Monday. The three accused â Hussein, Bhagad and Saiyyed â were nabbed by the Gujarat ATS in connection with the case. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the consignment of heroin was brought by Hussein and Bhagad via the sea route where they had received the delivery from a Pakistani boat. This drug consignment was sent by Zahid Bashir Baloch, a resident of Pakistan, who is a wanted absconder in the seizure of 227 kg of heroin done by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in 2019. Isa Rav Hussein, brother of Mukhtar Hussein, was in contact with Baloch and had exchanged the coordinates for the delivery of the narcotic drugs in the sea. According to their plan, the drug was delivered in the last week of October and the consignment was initially hidden in the coastal region near Salaya. It was subsequently moved to Saiyyedâs house in Jinjuda village in Morbi.
RAJKOT: In a massive haul, the police in Devbhumi Dwarka district seized banned narcotic substances, whose value is expected to be over Rs 300 crore, on Wednesday. In joint operation by special operation group and police, 19 packets of drugs worth Rs 88 lakh were seized in the morning while another 47 packets were found later. The drugs were brought from sea route to be smuggled into Gujarat from the coastal areas of Dwarka district. Police sources said that based on specific information, they detained Sajjad Dhosi (44), a resident of Mumbra of Thane district in Maharashtra and found drug packets concealed in his bags. He was carrying 6.618 kg methamphetamine and 11.483 kg heroin in three bags including luggage and school bag. This seizure is valued at Rs 88.25 crore. Sajjad came to Khambhalia from Thane on November 7 and had checked into a guest house. He checked out on November 9 and took the delivery of the drugs. When he was leaving on Wednesday, police intercepted him Aaradhna Dham on the highway. Ghosi, a vegetable vendor, had come to Khambhalia three days back to take the delivery of drugs During interrogation by local crime branch and SOG, Dhosi told cops that he got these drugs from Salim Yakub Kara and Ali Yakub Kara, both natives of the coastal Salaya town near Jamnagar. When police raided their residences, they found another 47 packets of drugs, contents of which were being verified by the forensic team. Talking to TOI Sandeep Singh, range IG Rajkot, said âWe have found more 47 packets and the contents are being analyzed. Primary investigation reveals that the drugs came through the sea route but we are investigating how it came, whether it came in a boat, what was the modus operandi and who are other people involved in this racket.â âGhosi had gone to jail in a murder case in the past and Salim Kara has been arrested in the past in NDPS, fake currency and Arms Act cases," Singh said. According to police, Sajjad was supposed to go to Maharashtra after taking the delivery of the consignment but itâs not clear who was the receipent of the 47 packets. Sources claimed that the police have detained Salim and Ali. Infamous smugglerSalaya has been infamous for smuggling, especially during the era of the Gold Control act. According to sources in the customs department, gold and cigarettes were being smuggled from Salaya. There are 42 desolate islands near Dwarka which are potential routes for drug peddlers. According to notification, itâs prohibited to go on these islands to prevent illegal activities. However, criminals are using these islands as a haven. Police had information of drug peddling for a long time but this was the first time they succeeded in nabbing the peddlers with huge stock.
The accused had joined the Border Security Force as a constable in 2012. (Representational)Bhuj: A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel deployed in Gujarat's Bhuj battalion was arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) for allegedly working as a spy for Pakistan and passing on secret and sensitive information to the neighbouring country over WhatsApp, the ATS said today.The arrested BSF man, identified as Mohammad Sajjad, is a native of Sarola village in the Rajauri district of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, who was deployed in the 74 BSF Battalion at Bhuj in July 2021, the ATS said in a release. Sajjad was arrested at the BSF headquarters in Bhuj.Sajjad had joined the BSF as a constable in 2012.He was getting money for providing the information which was getting deposited in the accounts of his brother Wajid and colleague Iqbal Rashid, the ATS added.Sajjad had got his passport issued from the Regional Passport Office at Jammu. On the same passport he travelled to Pakistan for 46 days between December 1, 2011, and January 16, 2012, the ATS said, adding he had boarded Samjhauta Express from Attari railway station to visit Pakistan.According to the ATS, Sajjad used two phones.On one of his phones, he had last activated a SIM card on January 14-15, 2021. When the CDR (Call Data Record) of that number was examined, it was found that the SIM card, belonging to one Satyagopal Ghosh from Tripura, was first activated on November 7, 2020, and he (Sajjad) received two calls on that number.The number remained active till November 9 before being deactivated till December 25, 2020. It was reactivated on December 26, 2020, the ATS said."On January 15, 2021, when the number was activated, an SMS was received at 12:38:51 hours. An SMS was received on the same number at around 12:38 pm, which seemed to be an OTP for WhatsApp. The number was deactivated thereafter," it said.The accused received the OTP on this number and sent the same to Pakistan where he got the WhatsApp activated which he used to send secret information, the ATS said.WhatsApp was still active and used by some person in Pakistan who was in touch with Sajjad, said the ATS.ATS officials said Sajjad had misled the BSF by providing the wrong birth date. As per his Aadhaar card, he was born on January 1, 1992, but his passport details showed his date of birth as January 30, 1985.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Two mobile phones along with their SIM cards, two additional SIM cards were seized from Sajjad's possession. Further investigation is underway," the ATS said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)