Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday claimed to have arrested two narcotic smugglers in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and recovered a huge quantity of narcotic substance from their possession.
“During the intervening night of 23-24 February 2023, based on specific input of Kupwara Police a total of 5 packets of heroine weighing about 4.588 Kilograms were recovered from Karnah area of Kupwara in two separate incidents,” a police spokesman said.
“In first case, based on specific input about narcotics smuggling in Taad area, a case vide FIR No.17/2023 U/S 8/21-29 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Karnah. During the investigation of the case, one suspect namely Farooq Ahmad Shah son of Raqueeb Hussain Shah resident of Panjitara Karnah was picked up for questioning.”
Police said that based on his confession, Kupwara Police along with Army (06 JAK Rifles) recovered three packets of heroine like substance weighing 2.674 Kgs (with packing) from a hiding place near his house in presence of Executive Magistrate. He has been arrested and further investigation in the case is going on and more arrests are expected, police said.
“Similarly, in another case based on specific input, a case FIR No. 18/2023 U/S 8/21-29 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Karnah. During the investigation of the case, one suspect Raja Aftab Alias Babu son of Raja Ghulam Akbar resident of Teethwal was detained for questioning. Based on his confession, 02 packets of heroine like substance weighing about 1.914 kgs (with packing) were recovered by Kupwara Police along with Army (06 JAK Rifles) in presence of Executive Magistrate near his house at Teetwal. He has been arrested and further investigation is going.”
During the preliminary investigations, it came to surface that both the arrested persons are hardcore narcotic smugglers and had received these consignments from across the LoC to promote drug addiction and further the cause of militancy in J&K, police said. (KNO)