SRINAGAR: Cracking the whip on drug peddlers, District Magistrate Shopian on Saturday ordered seizure/ freezing of illegally acquired properties of two more drug traffickers in the district.

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The action has been taken under the provisions of Chapter VA of the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotic Substances Act, 1985.

The order reads that the said properties shall not be transferred or any other use undertaken on it without the permission of the District Magistrate.

The Competent Authority under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Shopian, accorded a seal of approval to freezing of ill-gotten properties of two more drug peddlers who were given reasonable time period to prove credentials and produce the requisite documents that substantiate the property as legal.

The frozen property includes illegally acquired buildings and land from the proceeds of narcotics trade. The properties were purchased from ill-gotten money of drug trafficking within the last six years in the name of accused persons as well as in the name of their kith and kin.

The district administration has issued notices to several persons involved in the drug trafficking in the recent past and asked all of them to disclose the source of the acquisition of the properties and has in previous week frozen assets of 05 drug traffickers in the first instance.

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