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NIA court issues warrants against 2 Khalistan terrorists in drone arms drop case in Punjab

The case pertains to dropping of arms and ammunition in Punjab by drones originating from Pakistan, says NIA

A special NIA court in Mohali has issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against two terrorists belonging to the Khalistan Zindabad Force in a case of dropping of arms and ammunition in Punjab by drones originating from Pakistan, the National Investigation Agency said on Wednesday.

Non-bailable warrants have been issued against Ranjeet Singh Neeta, a resident of R.S. Pura in Jammu, who is now based in Pakistan, and Gurmeet Singh alias Bagga, a resident of Hoshiyarpur district in Punjab, who is based in Germany now, an NIA spokesperson said.

The case pertains to dropping of arms, ammunition, explosives, communication devices and fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in September last year in the Indian territory at Chola Sahib in Punjab by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones that originated from Pakistan.

“During investigation, the role of Neeta, Pakistan-based chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), a proscribed terrorist organisation, and Singh, a key operative of KZF based in Hamburg, Germany has been found in the conspiracy of trafficking of illegal arms, ammunition, explosives, communication devices and FICNs into India to further terrorist activities,” the NIA spokesperson said.

The NIA had taken over the case as this act was considered “to cause loss of life and property of citizens as well as to threaten the security of India.”

“Investigation has disclosed that the two have been able to recruit certain individuals from Punjab for carrying out terrorist activities,” the spokesperson said.

Nine people have been arrested till now and the probe is on, he said.

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