Kupwara, Jan 31: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a cross-LoC drug peddling racket by arresting two persons along with brown sugar worth about Rs 80 crore in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara.
“Following specific information about transportation of drugs, which had come from Pakistan into the valley, a vehicle was intercepted in Kupwara by police,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar told reporters during a press conference here on Thursday.
He said during checking, police recovered 19 kg of brown sugar from the vehicle. “Two people, identified as Jamil Ahmad and Riyaz Ahmad, on board the vehicle were immediately taken into custody,” he said, adding the duo are residents of Karnah.
The SSP said the price of this drug consignment in international market is about Rs 70 crore to Rs 80 crore.
Terming it as a big success, Mr Ambarkar said police in Kupwara has been able to curb drug trafficking from across the Line of Control (LoC). “After arresting these two drug peddlers, we will be able to eliminate this entire network in the coming days,” he said.
The SSP said that preliminary investigation has revealed that this drug consignment had come from Pakistan. “Pakistan has been spreading militancy in the state. Similarly, to disturb the society, the neighbouring country has been sending drugs to India,” he said.
However, he said security forces are prepared to counter any such activities by Pakistan to harm the country. (UNI)