Handwara: Police attach property of drug peddlers worth millions in 5 months

Property of four terrorist handlers declared as proclaimed offenders also attached

Srinagar: Police in Handwara has launched a relentless campaign against the individuals involved in drug peddling and supplying of narcotics in Handwara, besides acting tough against the terrorist handlers involved in terrorist activities in Handwara, a police spokesman said in a statement.

He said that Police while acting against the menace of drug peddling initiated a series of strict and vehement actions against all such accused persons who were involved in the illegal narcotic and drug trade by attaching their properties acquired from wealth obtained through illegal activities.
During the course of investigation of different cases registered against all these drug peddlers, where ever it was learnt from the incriminating facts unraveled in the investigations that drug peddlers had managed to build and raise assets from the illegal narcotic trade, action against them was initiated as per the provisions of the law, the spokesman said, adding that in the ten cases registered against four known drug peddlers in Handwara area, property assessed to be around Rs 73,52,831 has been attached in the current year. The property attachments are in pursuance to the investigation of the cases registered against these peddlers.

Moreover to serve a serious kind of deterrence to all such elements, in addition to the property attachments of drug peddlers, preventive detention under the provisions of PIT NDPS was also invoked against the 08 persons in the current year having a history of involvement in drug trade and narcotics dealing.
“Initiating a similar line of action against the terrorist handlers declared as proclaimed offenders by the court of law, land assets of variable measures owned by such terrorist handlers in Handwara area has been attached which cumulatively is assessed to be nearly around 3.5 Kanals approximately,” the spokesman said, adding, “Four terrorists handlers who were wanted by law for their involvement in various kinds of terror activities and deemed as absconders by the court of law were declared as proclaimed offenders. As such action against them under the relevant sections of law was initiated and their properties were got identified by authorities through appropriate channels. Accordingly the identified properties owned in the name of these terrorist handlers were attached by the court of law. Similar action is in progress against the other 51 terrorist handlers who have been declared as proclaimed offenders by the court of law and are involved in cases pertaining to terrorism in Handwara. District Magistrate Handwara has also been communicated to initiate the process of marking red entries in revenue records against these terrorists handlers of Handwara operating from PoK so as to prevent these assets from getting liquidated and restrict their utility to the terror ecosystem.”

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