3 drug peddlers arrested in Budgam, Awantipora: Police

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Jammu & Kashmir Police on Monday said to have arrested three drug peddlers in Budgam & Awantipora and recovered huge quantity of contraband substances from their possession.

Police also freezed properties of drug smugglers worth crores during the current year in Baramulla, a police spokesman said in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

A Police party of PS Magam during patrolling near Sehpora Bridge intercepted a suspicious person carrying two nylon bags who attempted to evade the police party but was apprehended tactfully, police said.

He has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar son of Ab Rashid Dar resident of Naidpora Bon Makhama. During search, officers were able to recover 22 Kgs of Poppy Straw from his possession. He has been arrested and shifted to police station where he remains in custody.

Accordingly, police said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Magam and investigation has been initiated.

Meanwhile in Awantipora, a police party of PS Pampore at a checkpoint established at Befina near Pump Shed arrested a drug peddler identified as Javaid Ahmad Dar son of Gh Mohd Dar resident of Befina.

During search, 2.5 Kgs of Fukki was recovered from his possession. Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation has been initiated, police said.

During the course of investigation, involvement of one more drug peddler identified as Noor Mohd Nangroo son of Mohd Anwar Nangroo resident of Badi Bagh Pulwama has emerged. Subsequently, he has been arrested and 4.7 Kgs of Fukki was recovered on his instance, police said.

Additionally, Police carries special destruction drive of wild bung in village Kaigam in the jurisdiction of Police Station Awantipora. A joint team comprising of Police Station Awantipora alongwith officials of excise department destroyed bung in approximately 50 Kanals of land.

Moreover, Police in Baramulla during the current year have freezed the properties worth Rs 2.1 Crores of drug smugglers which includes 03 residential houses, 03 private vehicles & cash worth Rs 1.2 crore of drug smugglers in Pattan, Kreeri, Kamalkote Uri, Nambla Uri Baramulla under sections 68-E read with 68-F (1) of NDPS Act 1985, the statement said.

Notably, the freezing of properties is a very stringent provision of NDPS Act and it empowers the police to take action against those drug peddlers who have acquired movable/immovable properties by doing drug business. This financial action by Police in Baramulla has caused great damage to the financial aspect of drug business and will help in discouraging others from getting into drug peddling, police said.

“Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddling in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law. Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace,” police said

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