Srinagar: To protect the youth of Kashmir from the menace of drug addiction, police has launched war against drugs and drug trafficking in the Valley.
“During the current year till date, 306 NDPS cases have been registered and 445 drug peddlers have been arrested from across the Kashmir Valley. Huge quantity of contraband as well as psychotropic substances were recovered and seized which includes 22 kilograms Heroin worth about ₹100 crores, 100 kilograms charas worth about ₹88 crores, 01 kilogram brown sugar worth about ₹01 crore, 159 kilograms bhang, 1671 kilograms poppy straw, 576 kilograms fukki, 5448 bottles of banned syrup, 15641 banned tablets/capsules approximately. Besides the illegal substances, cash amounting ₹303088, believed to be proceeds of drugs has also seized from the drug peddlers,” a police spokesman said.
He said out of 306 NDPS cases, 49 NDPS cases have been registered & 61 drug peddlers have been arrested in Anantnag, 39 NDPS cases & 68 drug peddlers arrested in Kulgam, 32 NDPS cases & 43 drug peddlers arrested in Baramulla, 27 NDPS cases & 46 drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar and 26 NDPS cases & 29 drug peddlers arrested in Pulwama. Also, 219 drug peddlers have been arrested in South Kashmir Range, 138 drug peddlers in North Kashmir Range & 88 drug peddlers arrested in Central Kashmir Range.
Among them, 36 arrested drug peddlers were detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) after obtaining sanctions from the Competent Authority.
The spokesman said since year 2020, J&K Police have seized 464 kilogram of narcotic substances worth about ₹424 Cr which includes 59 kilograms of Heroin worth about ₹300 Cr, 51 kilograms of brown sugar worth about ₹120 Cr & 355 kilograms of charas worth about ₹04 Cr. Besides, many militant associates have also been arrested and hard cash of more than 01 crore has also been seized.
“Apart from drugs, Arms & ammunition including 01 AK rifle, 96 rounds, 9 Pistols with 18 magazines & 263 rounds and 29 hand grenades have also been recovered from the narco-militancy modules. The recoveries have exposed the inter connection between drug dealers and militants,” the police spokesman said.