SRINAGAR: The J&K police on Thursday busted a Pakistan-sponsored narco module in
and arrested three LeT
involved in the trade.
The J&K police constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by an SSP to determine for whom the money and drugs were to be supplied. Police said more arrests are likely soon.
Addressing the media at Handwara, senior superintendent of police (SSP), GV Sandeep, said a narco-militant module was busted and 21kg of
, worth Rs100 crore, was recovered from the
, along with Rs 1.24 crore in cash.
“Specific inputs about the module were analysed, as it was on our radar. Our special team successfully arrested the three Lashkar associates who were key members of this module,” the SSP said. “All the three Lashkar associates were in touch with Pakistan and their main aim was to strengthen Lashkar's roots in Kashmir, apart from supplying drugs across the country.”
The SSP identified the arrested operatives as Iftikhar Indrabi, a resident of Rajwar, Handwara, a notorious drug peddler involved in many such cases, Abdul Moomin Peer of Waskura, Handwara, and Islam ul Haq Peer, also from Waskura.
The SSP said Pakistan-based outfits cultivate the narcotics there and send them though illegal routes into the Valley. “These consignments are received by handlers including the over-ground workers (OGWs) and they sell them in other parts of the country and distribute the money to promote militant activities,” he said.
He said that investigations so far revealed that these drugs were on way to Punjab.
The SSP said all the arrested operatives were recently set free on bail after they were arrested under the Public Safety Act for their involvement in drug trade.
Terming Iftikhar’s arrest as a big achievement, the SSP said he is the kingpin of the drug chain in Handwara. “We are hopeful the drug trade will come to an end with Iftikhar’s arrest,” he added.
Earlier, terrorists escaped the net of joint forces in Pathanpora area in Budgam district on Thursday morning, leaving behind some arms and ammunition.
Indian Army’s Chinar Corps said in a tweet: “Op Patahanpora (#Budgam). Joint operation was launched on intelligence. Terrorists fired on the Security Forces. One suspect apprehended. 1 Chinese pistol, 1 grenade & 6 AK magazines and 147 rounds were recovered. Joint search operation in progress.”