J&K faces narco-ter­ror from across the bor­der

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent

Srinagar: Narco-ter­ror­ism is the lat­est chal­lenge fac­ing se­cu­rity forces in the restive Jammu and Kash­mir.

Po­lice ar­rested three per­sons and re­cov­ered one kilo­gram of heroin and Rs 13 lakh cash when they in­ter­cepted a car at Valmiki Chowk in Jammu city on Fri­day. The ar­rested per­sons were iden­ti­fied as Ali Mo­ham­mad alias Ishaq, a sur­ren­dered mil­i­tant from Kup­wara, Pradeep Ku­mar of Ra­jasthan and Suhail Ah­mad Hal­wai of Bi­jbi­hara in south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag dis­trict.

“On the naka, we no­ticed a sus­pi­cious move­ment when a car was try­ing to take a turn. We stopped the ve­hi­cle and dur­ing the search, found Rs 13 lakh cash and one kilo­gram of heroin. We have ar­rested three peo­ple in­clud­ing a sur­ren­dered mil­i­tant. We have reg­is­tered a case and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on,” said Su­niyya Wani, sub di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer (SDPO), Jammu South.

Po­lice is prob­ing all an­gles, in­clud­ing that of narco ter­ror­ism per­pet­u­at­ing from Pak­istan. Sources said po­lice is try­ing to trace the ori­gin of the drug haul to come at a

We searched a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle in Jammu city and found Rs 13 lakh cash and one kilo­gram of heroin Su­niyya Wani, SDPO, Jammu South.

def­i­nite con­clu­sion about the mo­tive. Sources said one of the ac­cused, Ali, has in the past been found to be in­volved in drug smug­gling.

Po­lice sources said that the modus operandi of the drug trade in­volves the smug­gling of the con­sign­ment from the other side of the bor­der and its dump­ing in J&K be­fore it is shipped to dif­fer­ent states. The money re­alised from the trade is be­ing used to fund mil­i­tancy in J&K, sources said

“This is hy­brid war, which Pak­istan has un­leashed. They are fund­ing ter­ror­ism by drug trade. In fact they have de­vised a drug traf­fick­ing model to fund ter­ror­ism. We are pre­pared and we have a huge cache of drugs. Most of the mod­ules have been smashed. We are in touch with Pun­jab and Kash­mir po­lice,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

Ear­lier in Au­gust , Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice busted a ma­jor drug car­tel and seized 51 kilo­gram of high grade Afghanistan­ver­sion heroin, valu­ing Rs 250 crore in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, in Jammu city. Po­lice did not rule out the narco-ter­ror an­gle into the dis­cov­ery of the cache.

Im­age for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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