Baramulla: Police on Friday said it recovered narcotics worth Rs 100 crore in the international market hidden in a truck, which was coming from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) as part of the cross-LoC trade in Uri sector of the state, and arrested a driver from PaK.
The challan of the vehicle had mentioned almonds as the goods being imported from PaK.
“We have recovered 114 packets of brown sugar from a truck here (Salamabad trade facilitation centre in Uri),” said Govind Ratan, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Uri.
Ratan said the total weight of the seized contraband is around 100 kgs which is worth around Rs 100 crore in the international market.
The challan mentioned M/S Shoukat Habib Trading Corporation Bandipora as the importer of the goods.
Police has arrested driver of the truck Mohammad Shafiq, son of Abdul Aziz Sarar of Muzaffarabad, who was carrying dry fruits marketed by Al-Fajar Trading Company based in Muzaffarabad.
“The truck was being unloaded when a police team asked the driver to open a dry fruit bag. As the bag was opened, the cops found brown sugar hidden in it,” the police added.
Police sources said the owner of the dry fruit company, Mohammad Asif Mugal, is a prominent businessman in PaK. They said the driver of the vehicle told police during questioning that he was not aware of what was being loaded in his truck.
This is the second incident of its type since the beginning of the cross-LoC trade between the divided parts of Kashmir in 2008.
In August last year, police recovered cocaine worth Rs 10 crore from a truck, plying on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route, at Sheeri in Uri sector. (PTI)