Kupwara, Feb 24:
In yet another major success against the drugs smugglers in Kupwara district, two more smugglers have been arrested and narcotics recovered from them.
During the intervening night of 23/24 February 2023, based on specific input developed by local police a total of 5 packets of heroine like narcotics substance weighing 4.588 Kilograms was recovered from Karnah area of Kupwara in two separate incidents.
In the first case, based on specific input about narcotics smuggling in Taad area, a case FIR No.17/2023 U/S 8/21-29 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Karnah. During the investigation of the case, one suspect namely Farooq Ahmad Shah son of Raqeeb Hussain Shah a resident of Panjatara Karnah was picked up for questioning. Based on his confession and disclosure, Kupwara Police along with Army unit 06 JAK Rifles recovered 03 packets of heroine like narcotics substance weighing 2.674 Kgs (with packing) from a hiding place near his house in presence of Executive Magistrate.The person stands arrested and further investigation in the case is going on and more arrests are expected.
In another similar case, based on specific input a case FIR No. 18/2023 U/S 8/21-29 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Karnah , during the investigation of which, a suspect namely Raja Aftab Alias Babu son of Raja Ghulam Akbar , resident of Teethwal was detained for questioning. Based on his confession and disclosure , 02 packets of heroine like narcotics substance weighing about 1.914 kgs (with packing) were recovered by Kupwara Police along with Army unit 06 JAK Rifles in presence of Executive Magistrate near his house at Teetwal. He has been arrested and further investigation is going.
From the preliminary investigations it has surfaced that both the persons are hardcore narcotic smugglers and had received these consignments from across the LoC to promote drug addiction to earn quick money and to further the cause of terrorism in J&K. Aftab’s brother Zahoor who is residing in POJK after illegally crossing the LoC in the past is suspected to be supplying the narcotics to his brother where as one more of the brothers is already facing trial in a narcotics smuggling case registered by Police Station Nagrota Jammu in the year 2018. Farooq Shah is also in close contact with POJK based handler in this illicit trade since past quite some time.