The Home Department Saturday set up two Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) Police Stations in Srinagar and Jammu with jurisdiction in both the regions.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause(s) of section 2 of the code of criminal procedure, 1973, the government has declared the office of Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF), Jammu and ANTF Srinagar to be police stations having jurisdiction within their respective divisions for the purposes of investigation of offences under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS) and any other laws, pertaining to investigation of offences relating to and emerging for narcotics and psychotropic drug related activities,” the Home Department’s notification reads.
It says that the Deputy Superintendents of Police posted in these offices would be the Station House Officers (SHOs) of their respective Police Stations.
“We have seized narcotics being smuggled from across the Line of Control especially from Uri in Kashmir valley and Rajouri-Poonch districts. We are working to reach the roots (main-narcotic smugglers) who receive the narcotics consignments from across the border and then supply it in J&K,” said a senior official working in ANTF – the force which was established to fight against narcotics menace.
The official, wishing not to be quoted, said, “The narcotics smuggled into J&K from across the LoC is in pure form and linked to fuel militancy by involving youth.”
He said that the ANTF had been working on many aspects and had got some leads and investigation in many recoveries was under progress.