Narco-terrorism network busted, J-K cop among 3 held


NEW DELHI: With the arrest of a Jammu and Kashmir police constable and two men from Tamil Nadu, Delhi police today claimed to have busted a narco-terrorism network through which money obtained from narcotics business was being used to fund terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahdin.

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 here on January 19, police said today.

A total of 10 Kg of heroin worth approximately Rs 35 crore has been recovered from their possession, police said.

“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-Mujahidin members for channeling drug supplies into India, he said.

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-Mujahidin, 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 terror outfit.

“Fayyaz is a known cadre of Hizb-ul-Mujahidin 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 Penag area of Ganderbal in J&K. (AGENCIES)