3 drug peddlers arrested in Shopian, Kulgam: Police

‘8 bank accounts of 4 notorious drug smugglers freezed in Bandipora’

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Police on Monday said to have arrested three drug peddlers in Shopian & Kulgam and recovered contraband substances from their possession.  Besides, police have frozen eight bank accounts of four notorious drug smugglers in Bandipora.

A police party led by SHO PS Zainapora under the supervision of SDPO Zainapora at a checkpoint established at Aglar crossing intercepted a motorcycle bearing registration number JK13H-6023 ridden by one person who tried to flee but was apprehended tactfully, a police spokesman said.

During the search, police said that 13 grams of Brown sugar concealed in a nylon bag was recovered from his possession. He has been identified as Zulfikar Shafi Malik son of Mohammad Shafi Malik resident of Dalipora Pulwama. The recovery was seized in presence of Executive Magistrate on spot and seizure memo was prepared accordingly.  Motorcycle used in the commission of crime has also been seized, police said.

In Kulgam, a police party headed by SHO Police Station Qazigund during Naka checking at Qazigund intercepted a vehicle (Truck) bearing registration number JK18A-7101, police said.

During the search, two nylon sacs containing 57 Kgs of Poppy Straw were recovered from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle identified as Nazir Ahmad Moochi son of Sanaullah resident of Mohammad-Pora, Kulgam A/P Chawalgam Kulgam was arrested on spot and the vehicle used in commission of crime was also seized, police said.

Moreover, a police party during naka checking at Nassu Badragund intercepted a suspicious person who tried to flee but was apprehended tactfully. During the search, 2 Kgs of poppy straw concealed in a nylon bag was recovered from his possession. He has been identified as Umer Bashir Ganie son of Bashir Ahmad Ganie resident of Nassu Badragund. Both the accused persons have been arrested and shifted to police station where they remain in custody, police said.

Accordingly, police said that cases under relevant sections of law have been registered in respective Police Stations and further investigation has been initiated.

Moreover, police in Bandipora have frozen 08 bank accounts and have seized a vehicle from 04 notorious drug smugglers, police said.

“Two bank accounts having savings of Rs 3,97,603/- has been frozen and an Auto load carrier with market value of Rs 3,18,000/- belonging to a notorious drug smuggler Irshad Ahmad Khan son of Ab Samad Khan resident of Asham Hajin has also been seized under NDPS Act after obtaining approval from competent authorities. Besides, 06 more saving bank accounts to the tune of Rs 176,899/- belonging to three notorious drug smugglers namely Mohmad Ayub Dar son of Gh Ahmad Dar resident of Ganastan Sumbal, Mushtaq Ahmad Rather son of Mohmad Kamal Rather resident of Ajas and Irshad Ahmad Wani son of Habib-Ullah Wani resident of Hajin freezed U/S 68F (2) of NDPS Act by the Competent Authority & Administrator, SAFEM (New Delhi). All these savings were illegally acquired through the sale of narcotic drugs,” police said.

“We urge the common masses that if you witness drug peddling or any other crime anywhere near you, feel free to contact the nearest police establishment or dial 112.  People are requested to cooperate with police in curbing the menace of drugs from the society. We reassure the community members that police will act tough against the criminals as per law,” police said.

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