In the Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir, police have detained 17 persons, including five police officers, as part of a significant crackdown on drug trafficking coming from Pakistan.
The big module, according to the police, was used to smuggle drugs from close to the Line of Control and subsequently provide them in various regions of Kashmir. The Keran sector in the Kupwara district is where the drugs were allegedly flowing from Pakistan.
“We have busted a major narcotics module. 17 people have been arrested including five policemen, shopkeepers, a political activist, and a contractor,” said Yougal Kumar Manhas, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara. “Shakir Ali Khan, a resident of Keran who is based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was supplying drugs to his son Tamheed Ahmad living in Keran.”
The police claim they focused their attention on several drug dealers in Kupwara town and the surrounding environments. The investigation led to the discovery of a sizable network engaged in drug trafficking. In Kashmir’s frontier district, the police reported that they have filed 85 complaints against 161 individuals this year.
The government now faces significant difficulty as a result of drug trafficking. Even security personnel stationed close to the Line of Control have been charged with aiding transnational drug trafficking. An officer of the Border Security Force stationed in the Kupwara district’s Handwara sector was detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last year on suspicion of transporting drugs across international borders with ties to the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Even cash valued at Rs 91 lakh has been confiscated by the NIA from BSF sub-inspector Romesh Kumar. It was claimed that the money came from the sale of illegal drugs.
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