306 cases registered under NDPSA, recoveries made worth crores: Police

*Says narco modules work with terror handlers

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 23: The J&K Police today said to have registered 306 NDPS cases while as arrested 445 drug peddlers from across the Kashmir Valley including recoveries made worth crores during the current year till date.
Police said that huge quantity of contraband as well as psychotropic substances were recovered and seized which includes 22 kilograms Heroin worth about Rs 100 crores, 100 kilograms charas worth about Rs 88 crores, 01 kilogram brown sugar worth about Rs 01 crore, 159 kilograms bhang, 1671 kilograms poppy straw, 576 kilograms fukki, 5448 bottles of banned syrup, 15641 banned tablets/capsules approximately.
“Besides the illegal substances, cash amounting Rs 303088, believed to be proceeds of drugs has also seized from the drug peddlers,” police said.
Police, while giving out details said, out of 306 NDPS cases, 49 NDPS cases have been registered & 61 drug peddlers have been arrested in Anantnag, 39 NDPS cases & 68 drug peddlers arrested in Kulgam, 32 NDPS cases & 43 drug peddlers arrested in Baramulla, 27 NDPS cases & 46 drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar and 26 NDPS cases & 29 drug peddlers arrested in Pulwama.
“Also, 219 drug peddlers have been arrested in South Kashmir Range, 138 drug peddlers in North Kashmir Range & 88 drug peddlers arrested in Central Kashmir Range. Among them, 36 arrested drug peddlers were detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) after obtaining sanctions from the Competent Authority,” police said.
Police said that since the year 2020, J&K Police have seized 464 kilogram of narcotic substances worth about Rs 424 Cr which includes 59 kilograms of Heroin worth about Rs 300 cr, 51 kilograms of brown sugar worth about Rs 120 Cr & 355 kilograms of charas worth about Rs 04 cr.
Besides, police said, many terrorist associates have also been arrested and hard cash of more than Rs 01 crore has also been seized. Apart from drugs, arms & ammunition including 01 AK rifle, 96 rounds, 9 Pistols with 18 magazines & 263 rounds and 29 hand grenades have also been recovered from the narco-terrorism modules.
“The recoveries have exposed the inter connection between drug dealers and terrorists,” police said.
Police said that one of the narco-terror cases in Handwara has been assigned to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has completed a part of the investigation.
As per the police records, these narco terror modules work in close connection with Pakistan based terror handlers, police said.
“These modules work for terrorists to strengthen their activities in the valley and are playing active role in misguiding and motivating the local youth of the Valley to join terrorist ranks,” it said.