Were part of those nabbed in Sunderbani
JAMMU, June 9: Three key conduits, involved in Rs 150 crore narcotics recovery case in Sunderbani area of Rajouri district, affiliated with cross-border narco-terror module were arrested by security forces in Poonch border district today.
Arrests were made in a joint operation conducted by Army, Poonch and Sunderbani Police in the border district of Poonch.
The trio were part of an inter-state drug peddling racket, which was busted by security forces on June 1. Two of its members were arrested here with 22 kg of narcotics worth over Rs 150 crore in the international market, the officials said.
“In the follow up operations to the Sunderbani narcotics recovery case, multiple joint operations have been conducted by the Indian Army and police in Poonch district in the last 72 hours,” they said, adding during the operation, three main conduits and operatives of the cross-border narco-terror module have been apprehended.
The apprehended conduits have been identified as Shakar Din son of Noor Din, resident of Degwar Terwan, Rashid son of Badar Din and Shafir son of Mohammad Hussain, both residents of Kalas village of district Poonch, the officials said.
During search operations, warlike stores, including two grenades, have also been recovered from their possession, they said.
They added that extensive joint search operations are currently in progress to apprehend more persons involved in cross-border narco-terror module in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
The apprehension of these three individuals is a major blow to the complex cross-border narco-terror nexus being operated from Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK), they said.
As per the officials, a number of Over Ground Workers (OGWs) are also smuggling narcotics along with arms, ammunition and explosives from PoJK as it fetches handsome amount to them.
“It has been observed during some operations and subsequent arrests of the OGWs that along with weapons and explosives they were also carrying packets of narcotics with them. Money fetched from narcotics is being used for terror funding,” the officials said.
However, security forces have successfully thwarted most of such plots by the militants, their mentors sitting in Pakistan and PoJK and OGWs.