By: Jahangir Lolabi
Kupwara: Police in Kupwara claimed to have recovered a heroin Rs 60 crores in Karnah forest area in this north-Kashmir district on Thursday afternoon.
Addressing a presser at District Headquarters, SSP Kupwara GV Sundeep said that one Mukhtar Ahmad Shah, a resident of Panjitara in Tanghdar was arrested, leading to recovery of nine-kilograms of heroin. The estimated market value of the contraband, as per the officer, is somewhere between Rs 50-60 crores.
“We were onto it for last one week after receiving specific inputs and it was last night Kupwara police alongside 6 JAK Rifles made the successful recovery of the contraband”, the officer said.
“The identified smuggler has been in contact with handlers across the borders”, the officer said adding “All those models and smugglers are involved in supporting the militant organizations.”
“Whenever we arrest the smugglers or bust the narco-models, it exposes the links between the formers’ with Pakistan”, the officer said.
“They have a modus operandi of pushing the handlers and smugglers across the borders with an aim to exchange the drugs in lieu of money to support the militant organizations”, the officer said.
He claimed it was a big “hawala racket as money is transferred without money movement to finance militant organizations.”
Police have registered a case FIR number 22/2021 under section 8/21 NDPS Act has been registered at police station Karnah and further investigations taken up in this regard. .
“We firmly vouch to eradicate the menace and won’t come easy on people involved in such activities” he said.
The police officer also urged parents and Civil Society to play their role in strengthening their fight to combat the menace for the larger benefit of society. (GNS)