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NIA arrests eighth key accused ‘Chacha’ from Delhi

Attari drugs seizure case

The officials alleged that the arrested accused, Athar Saeed alias Chacha, had handled the proceeds of the drugs on the directions of the kingpin, Shahid Ahmed.

niaNEW DELHI: The anti-terror federal probe agency NIA has arrested another key accused in the Rs 700 crore Attari border drugs seizure case, taking the total number of arrests in the matter to eight, officials said on Wednesday.

The officials alleged that the arrested accused, Athar Saeed alias Chacha, had handled the proceeds of the drugs on the directions of the kingpin, Shahid Ahmed. They said that Saeed was arrested on Tuesday after the NIA teams searched his premises in Delhi’s Daryaganj and seized incriminating documents.

The documents are being examined by NIA investigators to unravel the complete conspiracy behind the massive drugs racket, they said.

“NIA investigations have revealed that Saeed was instrumental in creating and sustaining a network of hawala operators and others for the transfer of the money earned from the sale of the narcotics from India to Afghanistan and to the UAE,” said a senior NIA official.

Alleging that in this case, he channeled the proceeds of the drugs to the main accused persons based abroad and also played a critical role in helping the prime accused flee from the country.

The case pertains to the recovery and seizure of 102.784 kgs of heroin valued at approximately Rs 700 crore by the Indian customs in two installments in April 2022.

The drugs had arrived in India from Afghanistan through the Integrated Check Post (ICP) Attari, Amritsar, and had been concealed in a consignment of licorice roots (mulethi).

The officials said, further investigations are underway to unravel the complete conspiracy.

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