KUPWARA: In a major success against inter state narco-terror smuggling syndicate originating from PoJK, Kupwara Police along with Army has arrested 4 smugglers involved in running the module.
Acting on a tip off that a Punjab based narco smuggler has arrived in the district at a pre-decided location to take a consignment of narcotics, a joint search operation by Kupwara Police along with a local army unit was launched in Zurhama area of PS Trehgam. During the operation, 04 persons identified as Yousuf Bokra son of Suba Bokra, resident of Rashanpora Kralpora, Showkat Ahmad Khatana son of Ab Rashid Khatana, resident of Meliyal Kupwara, Maroof Ahmad Mir son of Mohd Rafiq Mir, resident of Jumagad, A/p Zurhama Kupwara and Laba Masih son of Sadiq Masih, a resident of Awaan Ramdas Ajnala, District Amritsar Punjab, have been arrested, when they were in the process of exchanging smuggled narcotics and cash among themselves, police said in a statement yo the The Dispatch.
During the preliminary investigations, it has transpired that the narcotic consignment has been sent by two PoJK based terrorist handlers of LeT namely Manzoor Ahmad Mir son of Ab Rashid Mir and Asad Mir son of Diya Mir, both originally residents of Jumagund Kupwara, who have exfiltrated to PoJK in early 1990’s to join terrorist ranks, they said.
Both Manzoor and Asad, over a period of time have become terrorist handlers of LeT mainly acting as Launching commanders besides pushing narcotics and weapons to sustain terrorist activities in the UT of J&K, they said.
Police said, so far, 8 packets of narcotics (Heroin like substance) weighing about 8 Kilograms along with ₹ 5 lac cash in Indian currency notes has been recovered from the possession of the arrested persons
Case under relevant sections of NDPS Act and UA(P) Act stands registered in Police Station Trehgam. As the investigations are at its initial stage , more arrests and recoveries can’t be ruled out, said Police.