J&K: Sarpanch among 3 booked under PSA for narcotics peddling

Srinagar, Dec 30: A sarpanch was among three people booked under the stringent Public Safety Act for allegedly peddling narcotics in the frontier Kupwara district, officials said on Thursday.
The three have been identified by police as Sarpanch Darpora Lolab, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Bilal Ahmad Ganie of Batpora Hayhama, Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Lalpora Kolav Kupwara.
A warrant under PSA against the trio was issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir after the dossier were submitted by Jammu and Kashmir police from Kupwara district, a police statement said
“The trio were involved in narcotics peddling in rampant ways and were continuously indulging in this while also trying to lure local youth towards it and also had let loose a reign of terror and fear in the area with their narcotics syndicate,” it added.
The PSA allows detention without trial for a year.
Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara, Yougal Manhas said that action over narcotic peddling is one of the top priority of Jammu and Kashmir police for which necessary action as well as preventive measures are being taken.
“Action against these three persons and their detention under PSA is a step forward to tighten the noose against the narcotic peddlers of the district,” he said.
He further appealed to the people of the area to share information of those indulging in this kind of crime so that necessary legal action could be taken against them. (Agencies)