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ANTF freezes five bank accounts of drug dealers, Rs 54 lakhs seized

Will target bank accounts, money deals of narco-drug dealers in J&K: SSP ANTF

Jammu, Mar 08: Stating that it has frozen five bank accounts of drug dealers and seized a number of Rs 54 lakhs, the Jammu and Kashmir Anti Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) Monday said that it will be targeting the bank accounts and money deals of narco-drug dealers and all the peddlers will be under constant surveillance including their properties.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Anti-Narco Task Force, Vinay Sharma while addressing a press conference in Jammu as per news agency—, said that five bank accounts of drug dealers have been frozen which were being run from Kashmir valley and the head of this group was Masood Ahmad Dar. “A total of fifty-four lakhs and twenty-seven thousand rupees have been freeze and this amount has was meant for the proceedings of narcotics”, he said

He informed that this is a first of its kind case. “Whenever we prove during the investigation that such bank accounts belong to drug dealers and all this amount is proceeds of narcotics, accounts will be seized,” Sharma said.

The SSP said that as the cases are proven it goes to the Smugglers and Foreign Excess Manipulation Act 1976 (SFEMA) which is the competent authority running from Delhi.

“The investigating officer (IO) of the case, Pervaiz Sajad has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that all this amount has been the proceeds of narcotics and then the order of freeing was given and confirmed by FEMA”, he said.

“We have been working against this group for the last 6-7 months. Two of them were in close touch with counterparts in Delhi. Two big suppliers have been arrested in Delhi which include Salman and Amir who were supplying pharmaceutical drugs to Kashmir valley”, the SSP said.

He said that another individual Jahangir involved in transporting the drugs from Kashmir to parts of the country has also been arrested.

He said that from now onwards, “We will be targeting the accounts and money of drug dealers because it’s their strength and it’s the purpose for them to run this business.”

He warned all those involved in the illicit business of drug trade including the drug peddlers saying that “we shall be scrutinizing accounts besides movable and immovable properties will be investigated and will remain under constant watch.”

He said that these case-related documents will be calculated to all the police stations in Jammu and Kashmir to give them a sign as to how to work on such cases. “We present this case as a trendsetter”, he said.

 

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