Man held with banned medicinal herbs: Police

The Jammu and Kashmir police Friday claimed to have arrested a man for allegedly smuggling Nag Chatri, a banned high value medicinal herb, here in Kishtwar.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kishtwar, Shakti Kumar Pathak, told Greater Kashmir: “A team from Kuleed police post, while on patrolling duty, reliably learnt that one Tariq Hussain has illegally dumped forest herbs, viz Nag Chatri, at his shop in Kishtwar.”

After receiving the tip-off, the SSP said, cops raided the suspected shop and recovered seven bags of Nag Chatri. “Around 249 kilogams of Nag Chatri were recovered from the shop, which amounts to Rs 5 lakh approximately,” he said.

An FIR has been registered and the accused has been arrested, the SSP said, adding that further investigations are going on.