Police seize narcotics consignment near LoC

Jammu and Kashmir Police have seized a huge consignment of narcotics near the Line of Control fence in Poonch district after busting of a cross-border smuggling racket.

Sources told Greater Kashmir that during investigation of a narcotic smuggling case, police in Jammu developed some vital clues and name of a man residing in Mendhar came to the fore.

The man, a religious scholar, who lives in Kanga Gali village located near Line of Control fence in Bhimber Gali sector was detained on Friday from Mendhar and was shifted to Jammu where he was questioned.

“A special team of Jammu police reached at Mendhar on Sunday morning and with the help of army it went in Kanga Gali village located ahead of Line of Control fence where a discreet hours long operation was launched and the house of the detained man and periphery area was put to frisking,” an official source said.

He added that twelve packets with approximate weight of one kilogram each have been recovered during operation which are filled with high value narcotics.

The consignment was seized in presence of a magistrate.

Sources said the arrested man was reportedly linked to some people across the LoC in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“He used to smuggle narcotics to hinterland areas from where it was distributed to local smugglers while the seized consignment was also meant for smuggling in local market of Rajouri and Poonch as well as in Jammu and in parts outside state,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

More arrests in the case are expected, the sources said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu, Tejinder Singh, confirmed that a man has been arrested and a huge consignment of narcotics recovered from village located near the LoC.