20-year jail sentence to two J&K narcotics smugglers

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A court in Jammu Kashmir’s Kupwara district awarded 20-year rigorous imprisonment to two narcotics smugglers on Tuesday.

In a landmark verdict , the Court of Additional Sessions Judge issued judgment against two individuals involved in a narcotics smuggling case, sentencing them to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment, along with a rupees two lakh fine for each of the two accused.

The convicted individuals, Syed Ishfaq Shah and Khursheed Ahmad Gojar, both residents of Jabdi Karnah, were arrested in connection with FIR No.56/2019 at Police Station Karnah.

Their arrest followed the recovery of 15 kilograms of brown sugar, obtained from them after their confession in the Karnah area, Kashmir Zone Police said on X.

Further investigation conclusively established that the duo intended to transport the narcotics consignment from Karnah to Punjab.

Police said it was also proven that both smugglers had procured the narcotics consignment from across the Line of Control (LOC) through Bashir Ahmad, who is presently settled in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and is known to be a cousin of Khursheed Ahmed.

Police led the thorough investigation of the case and the legal battle was effectively fought on behalf of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The case was expedited and heard on a fast track basis, with the Pairvi cells, established under the guidance of the Police Headquarters, ensuring the timely presence of witnesses and their testimonies.

The judgment underscores the unwavering commitment of the criminal justice system to combat narcotics smuggling and uphold the law.

The exemplary teamwork exhibited by the investigative agencies and the legal counsel played a crucial role in bringing these narcotics smugglers to justice, police added.

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