NIA Recovers Rs 91 Lakh In Handwara Drugs Case

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency said on Friday it has recovered proceeds of drug sales to the tune of Rs. 91 lakh in cash in Handwara Narco-Terrorism case.

According to the official statement, the case was initially registered at Handwara police station of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 11, 2020, as during checking of vehicles at Kairo Bridge in the area, accused Abdul Momin Peer’s Hyundai Creta vehicle was intercepted by forces and during search Rs. 20 lakh along with 2 kg of heroin was recovered.

Later NIA took up the case by re-registering an FIR on June 23, 2020, and began an investigation, it said.

“NIA had arrested five accused persons from Srinagar and Jammu on March 1, 2021, and had taken them on remand for 15 days. Based upon examination and disclosure of arrested accused persons, the agency sleuths conducted searches and recovered proceeds of narcotics smuggling to the tune of 91 Lakhs,” said an official statement, while adding that the amount was found concealed in a field in village Gurwal of Samba district of the Union Territory.

Investigation revealed that arrested accused Romesh Kumar had received the cash as part of the proceeds of drug sales from narco-smugglers based in Kashmir valley for himself as well as for further channelisation to different terrorist entities, the statement said, while noting that further investigation in the case continued.

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