Cop arrested with 10 kg narcotics, money meant for funding HM

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Feb 3: Hardly two weeks after a major narcotics haul was captured in Salamabad in North Kashmir, Delhi Police today said that they have arrested a constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police who were part of narcotic smuggling network that was funding Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
Highly placed sources said that the narcotics that was recovered from the policeman and his two associates of Tamil Nadu had also come through Line of Control (LoC) trade. It may be mentioned here that 114 kilogrammes of narcotics was recovered from a Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) truck at Salamabad last month.
Constable Khurshid Alam, a resident of Guthali Bagh in Ganderbal district, B Ganesh and M Senthil, both from Tamil Nadu, were arrested near Humayun Tomb last month. Khurshid is posted at Yari Pora in South Kashmir district of Kulgam and is with 18th battalion of India Reserve Police.
Delhi police has recovered a total of 10 kilogramme of heroin worth Rs 35 crore. “During interrogation, Alam revealed that since January 2013, he has supplied around 70-80 kg heroin in Delhi and NCR,” Special Commissioner (Special Cell) S N Shrivastava said.
On investigation it has been found that the kingpin of the syndicate is a Kuwait-based person named Ali, who carried out activities of this drug cartel over phone and through Internet telephony, Shrivastava said.
“He co-ordinated with terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen members for channeling drug supplies into India”, said the Commissioner.
Earlier Ali’s another trafficking module was busted by the Special Cell in December last year which resulted in the recovery of 47 kgs of heroin and 2 kgs of crack cocaine and the arrest of four persons, police said.
Arrested Constable Khurshid revealed that Fayyaz alias Tanveer alias Shamsher, an Area Commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, presently based in Abottabad, Pakistan had been sending consignments of drugs through his conduits active in Uri sector of J&K, police said.
A significant portion of the proceeds of this trade was remitted to Fayyaz for furthering the activities of the Hizb.
“Fayyaz is a known cadre of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen who was active in Ganderbal area of Kashmir valley till 2006 and thereafter, reportedly returned to Pakistan and has been since acting as a launch commander for terrorists who infiltrate into India to carry out terrorist strikes,” Shrivastava said.
The latest activity of Fayyaz was noticed in the month of August 2013, when five militants launched by him were neutralised in a counter-insurgency operation in Ganderbal.
Sources said that Fayaaz’s name also surfaced in last month’s major drug haul. Sources said that the Brown sugar recovered at Salamabad was booked by Fayyaz, however, police is still trying to find out the person for whom the consignment was meant for.
Last year in August, Police recovered cocaine worth Rs 10 lakh from a truck that was meant for funding HM. Nine packets of cocaine, each weighing one kilo and valued at Rs 10 crore in international drug market, was concealed in a tyre of a truck and kept in tool box. The truck had gone to deliver goods at Chakoti trade facilitation centre, Muzaffarabad.
Police had claimed that the consignment was meant for Hizbul Mujahideen and later arrested Yasir Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Rehman Mir of Hazratbal Srinagar.