Three Drug Peddlers Arrested In South Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Police announced on Monday that they have arrested three drug peddlers in Shopian and Kulgam, recovering contraband substances from their possession. In addition, the police have frozen eight bank accounts belonging to four drug smugglers in Bandipora.

According to an official statement, a police party led by SHO PS Zainapora, under the supervision of SDPO Zainapora, established a checkpoint at Aglar crossing and intercepted a motorcycle bearing registration number JK13H-6023. The rider attempted to flee but was apprehended tactfully.

During the search, the police discovered 13 grams of brown sugar concealed in a nylon bag in his possession. The individual has been identified as Zulfikar Shafi Malik, the son of Mohammad Shafi Malik, residing in Dalipora Pulwama. The recovery was made in the presence of an Executive Magistrate, and a seizure memo was prepared accordingly. The motorcycle used in the commission of the crime was also seized.

In Kulgam, a police party, led by SHO Police Station Qazigund, conducted Naka checking at Qazigund and intercepted a truck bearing registration number JK18A-7101.

During the search, they discovered two nylon sacks containing 57 kgs of poppy straw in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Nazir Ahmad Moochi, the son of Sanaullah, residing in Mohammad-Pora, Kulgam, was arrested on the spot, and the vehicle used in the commission of the crime was also seized.

Furthermore, a police party during Naka checking at Nusu Badragund intercepted a suspicious individual who tried to flee but was apprehended. During the search, 2 kgs of poppy straw concealed in a nylon bag were recovered from his possession. The individual has been identified as Umer Bashir Ganie, the son of Bashir Ahmad Ganie, residing in Nusu Badragund. Both accused persons have been arrested and shifted to the police station, where they remain in custody.

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

Furthermore, police in Bandipora have frozen 8 bank accounts and have seized a vehicle from 4 notorious drug smugglers.

“Two bank accounts with savings of Rs 3,97,603 have been frozen, and an Auto load carrier with a market value of Rs 3,18,000, belonging to a notorious drug smuggler Irshad Ahmad Khan, the son of Ab Samad Khan, residing in Asham Hajin, has also been seized under the NDPS Act after obtaining approval from competent authorities. Besides, 6 more saving bank accounts totaling Rs 176,899 belonging to three notorious drug smugglers, namely Mohmad Ayub Dar, the son of Gh Ahmad Dar, residing in Ganastan Sumbal, Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, the son of Mohmad Kamal Rather, residing in Ajas, and Irshad Ahmad Wani, the son of Habib-Ullah Wani, residing in Hajin, have been frozen under 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,” the 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 the police in curbing the menace of drugs from the society. We reassure the community members that the police will act tough against the criminals as per the law,” the police added. (KNO)


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