The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has established a branch in Ahmedabad. The location has been assigned to the BSNL office on the SG Highway, just a few metres away from the Gujarat ATS office. The NIA is currently investigating more than five cases in Gujarat related to alleged terror activities, including Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), drug seizures with a direct or indirect link to terror activities, and hijacking.
Police sources said SSP Dhruman Nimbale, a 2010 batch Punjab batch IPS officer who hails from Gujarat has been put in charge of the branch.
Dhruman Nimbale, an IPS officer who was in the news due to frequent transfers as SSP in various districts of Punjab, was transferred to the NIA in July 2022. Nimbale has witnessed 18 transfers in eight years and is regarded as an expert on illegal mining.
The Gujarat Branch of the NIA has already begun calling on police officials and personnel who have applied for positions with the NIA. Officers and police officers assigned to the NIA receive security allowances in addition to their base pay. A top police officer said, “Many senior police officers have applied for posting in NIA branch at Ahmedabad.”
Following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the NIA was established in December 2008. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, and prior to the Gujarat branch, it had 12 branch offices across the country. Jammu, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Raipur, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, and Kolkata are among them.
Gujarat is a border state with Pakistan on both the land and sea. Gujarat ATS has intercepted boats carrying large amounts of drugs from Pakistan and Iran in the past.