Jammu and Kashmir police Tuesday claimed to have recovered650 kilograms of poppy straw from an oil tanker, here in Ramban district.
The police said, "On the directions of SSP Anita Sharma,Station House Officer, Ramban, Vijay Kotwal, laid a checkpoint onJammu-Srinagar National highway near Digdool. During checking, an oil tanker,JK02 6735, en route to Jammu from Srinagar was signaled to stop for checking."
However, police said, the driver of the oil tanker stoppedhis vehicle some distance away from the checkpoint and fled from the spot.
Upon search of the vehicle, 33 gunny bags filled with poppystraw, weighing 650 kilograms were recovered from one of the empty compartmentsof the oil tanker, they said.
The tanker has been seized and an operation has beenlaunched to nab the absconding driver.
An FIR has been registered and police are investigating thecase further.