5 Cops Among 17 Arrested For Drug Smuggling In Kupwara

SRINAGAR: In a major success against drug smuggling and peddling in the district, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday claimed to have busted a narcotic smuggling module by arresting 17 persons including five policemen, a political activist, a Contractor and a shopkeeper from different areas of district Kupwara and Baramulla.

“Working relentlessly to identify and act against the drug peddlers active in the district Kupwara, police zeroed in on some drug peddlers active in Kupwara town and its adjoining areas,” an official statement read

“On a tip-off one Mohd Waseem Najar-a poultry shop owner son of Ghulam Mohd Najar, resident of Darzipura, Kupwara was arrested with some quantity of narcotics from his residential house,” the statement said.

After preliminary investigations, the police said Waseem admitted to be a part of a big group of drug peddlers and disclosed names of some of his associates belonging to this district as well as Uri area of district Baramulla involved in this illegal trade.

“Subsequent raids were conducted at various places across the district and 16 more persons identified as Haroon Rasheed Bhat (SPO) son of Ab Rasheed Bhat resident of Halmatpora, Irshad Ahmed Khan (SPO) son of Anayat ullah Khan resident of Batpora Hyama, Ishfaq Habib Khan – a political activist son of Habibulla Khan Gonipora Hyama, Tahir Ahmed Malik son of Ab Ahad Malik resident of Rigipora, Kupwara, Khursheed Ahmed Khan – dry fruits Shopkeeper and his son Imtiyaz Khan residents of Halmatpora, Tamheed Ahmed Khan son of Shakir Ali Khan (originally hailing from Keran and now a Pakistan/POK  based terrorist handler) resident of Keran , Roman Mushtaq Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat resident of Uri, Baramulla, Asif Rashid Hajam son of Abdul Rashid Hajam resident of Batergam, Kupwara, Sajad Ahmad Bhat (SPO) son of Ghulam Mohd Bhat resident of Gonipora Hyama, Ab Majeed Bhat ( Police Constable) son of Wali Mohd Bhat resident of Kunan Poshpora, Trehgam, Zahid Maqbool Dar (SPO) son of Mohd Maqbool Dar resident of Kunan Poshpora Trehgam, Abid Ali Bhat son of Haji Ali Mohd Bhat resident of Bohipora Kupwara, Tanveer Ahmad Wani – a contractor, son of Mohd Issaq Wani resident of Gulgam Kupwara, Nadeem Javed son of Javed Iqbal Naik of Uri Baramulla, and Tahir Ahmad Khan son of Amir Zaman Khan resident of Boniyar, Baramulla were arrested by different teams of Police Station Kupwara headed by SHO Mohd Rafiq Lone and DySP (Prob) Khadim Hussain under the supervision of DySP Hqrs Rashid Younis.”

The police said that the busting of this drug smuggling and peddling module has yet again exposed the direct involvement of Pakistan-based militant handlers in pumping into Kashmir Valley narcotics aimed to destroy Kashmiri youth. (KNO)


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