Srinagar: Police on Sunday arrested three drug peddlers, including a resident of Punjab, and recovered huge quantity of contraband from them in separate incidents in Kashmir valley.
A police spokesperson said following specific information, a checkpoint was established by police at Wakroora in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal. “A suspicious person was signaled to stop at the checkpoint but he tried to flee the spot,” he said.
However, he said alert police party chased and apprehended him tactfully. “The accused has been identified as Tanveer Ahmad Bhat. “During search, officers were able to recover 2 Kgs of cannabis from him,” he said, adding the accused was arrested and lodged in a Police Station. “Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Ganderbal and investigation into the matter has been initiated,” he said.
He said in a separate incident, four suspicious persons were signaled to stop at a checkpoint at BolsooChowk in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.
He said accused tried to flee the spot, but one of them was chased and apprehended by the alert police party. “The accused, identified as Hilal Ahmad Lone, was arrested and during his checking, police was able to recover 800 gms of Charas,” he said.
He said preliminary investigation reveals that the accused persons, who managed to escape from the spot, have been identified as Nafees Ahmad Dar, resident of Brazloo, Shahid Ahmad Bhat, resident of Brazloo and Subzar Ahmad Bhat, resident of Tarigam, “Efforts are on to effect their arrest,” he said.
He said in a similar action, a police party of Police Station Yaripora established a checkpoint at Yaripora Bridge in Kulgam. “Officers intercepted a vehicle at the checkpoint and during checking recovered 5 kg of poppy straw,” he said, adding the driver of the vehicle, identified as Sardar Singh, resident of Hoshiyarpur in Punjab, was immediately taken into custody.
“Cases in both the incident were registered and further investigation was taken up,” he said.
“Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law. Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace,” he added.