With the arrest of two notorious narcotic substance smugglers both residents of Baramulla town, by Jammu police, the Baramulla police are now trying to unearth the link between the drug traffickers of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
"The arrested duo was involved in the interstate narcotic drug trade between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir" said Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain.
He said that the duo was on police radar and their past history reveals that both are involved in this illicit trade from the past several years. Baramulla police, since past five months has focused on the drug trafficking in the district and have so far booked 17 persons under the Prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic and Psychotropic Substances act ( PIT-NDPSA) Act, which warrants offenders minimum one year in the jail.
The rampant import of psychotropic prescription drugs in the state has focused shift on the misuse of retail and wholesale drug license by some rogue elements in Kashmir. Sources claim that some drug traffickers too had managed to obtain the license, resulting in the increase in the use of narcotic substance in Kashmir, especially in Baramulla.
"The scrutiny of such licenses is important. We apprehend that such licenses are being misused at a large scale. We can't rule out that several drug traffickers may have succeeded in obtaining such licenses due to which this business has flourished," the SSP Baramulla said.
According to sources, the lack of scrutiny at Lakhanpur check post too is a measure concern as huge quantity of illicit drug passes either unnoticed or with the 'support' of officials there. Sources, in Tax department said that there is no proper mechanism of scrutiny at the Lakhanpur check post as the department simply relies on the bills produced by drug license holders to the officials there.