Big blow to narcotics industry; Pak smuggled heroin worth Rs 300 crore recovered

SSP Ramban Anita Sharma along with other cops displaying 30 kilograms Pakistan smuggled heroin seized by Banihal Police. —Excelsior/Parvaiz
SSP Ramban Anita Sharma along with other cops displaying 30 kilograms Pakistan smuggled heroin seized by Banihal Police. —Excelsior/Parvaiz

Drug peddler used fictitious name, mobile number to book hotel room

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, May 9: Continuing its efforts to eradicate the menace of drugs from the society, Banihal Police gave a big blow to the narcotics industry by recovering Pakistan smuggled 30 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 300 crore in the international market.
This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ramban Anita Sharma while interacting with media persons here today.
“Acting on a reliable information regarding some illegal activity near Railway Station Banihal, a police team led by SDPO Banihal Sajjad Sarwar and assisted by SHO Police Station Banihal Aijaz Ahmed Wani rushed to the site and started search of the parked vehicles and adjoining hotels viz guest houses”, she added.
Sharma said that check points were raised on all the link roads connecting Railway Station as well as on the National Highway, adding that during search of a room in ‘Hotel Chinar’, one unattended bag was found lying inside the room belonging to the person who booked the room short while ago.

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“On search of the bag, 30 packets of apparently equal size and quantity were found lying inside it. Each packet was very carefully packed with a seal impression depicting ‘Eagle’ on it and ‘Kudrat Karvaan’ written in Urdu language followed by a specific number”, Sharma said, adding that Magistrate and FSL team were summoned to the spot.
The recovery was seized and measured following all legal formalities, which was found to be 30 kilograms in weight and on testing by the FSL team, it was found banned drug ‘heroin’, Sharma said, adding that the samples were taken out and sent for advanced chemical analysis.
“It came to the notice that the accused probably hailing from bordering Kupwara District had made entry with a fictitious name and mobile number. However, further investigation is in progress and strenuous efforts are being made to nab the accused and find out the source of the psychotropic substance”, she added.
A case under FIR Number 56/19 has been registered at Police Station Banihal under Sections 8/21/22 Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Sharma said, adding that during preliminary investigation, the owner of the hotel was further questioned regarding the identity of the accused and relevant record of the hotel was also examined.
The recovery has been made under the supervision of Additional SP Ramban Sanjay Parihar, SSP Ramban Anita Sharma and DIG DKR Range BS Tuti.