Pakistani handlers, smugglers using money to fund militancy: SSP
Kupwara: Police in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district claimed to have recovered a large quantity of heroin worth nearly Rs 60 crore from the forest areas of Karnah on Thursday.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara GV Sundeep, who recently joined as SSP in this frontier district, said in a press conference that one Mukhtar Ahmad Shah, resident of Panjitara in Tanghdar, was arrested in this regard, and his disclosure led to recovery of nine kilograms of Heroin. The estimated market value of the contraband is somewhere between Rs 50-60 crore, the SSP said.
He said after receiving the information, police along with army’s 6 JAKLI recovered the heroin last night.
He said that the arrested smuggler has been in contact with handlers across the border and that all such smugglers and handlers are involved in supporting militant organisations.
“Whenever we recovered such consignments, we found the involvement of Pakistani handlers behind it. All that money is being used for militant organisations in Kashmir valley,” the SSP said.
Police in a statement said that a case, FIR number 22/2021 under Section 8/21 NDPS Act, has been registered at Police Station Karnah and further investigation is on.