JAMMU, June 1: Trikuta Nagar police and Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu today nabbed seven narcotic smugglers including an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of the militants along with Rs 2.95 lakh cash and 1.6 kilograms of heroin like substance.
Reliable sources said one of the seven arrested narcotic smugglers has turned out to be an OGW of the militants and was involved in at least two cases of militancy in the Kashmir valley. He has been identified as Mohammad Iqbal Wani son of Wali Mohammad Wani R/o Chewa Kalan, Pulwama.
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Sources said two FIRs have been registered against Wani -one in Arms Act at Pulwama and another in bank dacoity case at Chrar-e-Sharief.
He was arrested here along with other narcotic smugglers.
Sources said if the cash recovered from his possession was found to be used in funding militancy, the case would be converted into narco-terrorism.
Addressing a press conference, SSP Jammu Tejender Singh, SP SOG Jammu Sandeep Mehta and SP South Vinay Sharma said seven smugglers were arrested by police parties led by DySP SOG Jammu Iftikhar Choudhary and SHO Trikuta Nagar Inspector Parvez Sajjad.
From their possession, police recovered Rs 2.95 lakh cash and 1.6 kg heroin.
Besides Wani, six other accused have been identified as Nissar Ahmed Ganai S/o Abdul Jawar Ganai R/o Pulwama, Ashraf Bhat, a police Head Constable of Armed Police 5th battalion S/o Gh Mohi-ud-din Bhat R/o Marhama Sangam, Kulvinder Kour W/o Palvinder Singh R/o Pungar Hoshiarpur Punjab, Seema Rani W/o Balvinder Singh R/o Phillaur Jallandhar, Punjab, Sanjay Kumar S/o Satpal R/o Anandpur, Bishnah and Rajkumar S/o Kamal Kishore R/o Pathankot Chani, Punjab.
It was an inter-State gang, police said.
Three vehicles in which they were travelling have been seized. They have been booked under the NDPS Act at Trikuta Nagar police station.
During this year, 134 cases have been registered under the NDPS Act, entailing arrest of 205 peddlers.
“We request all members of the public to continue sharing information about drug peddling with Jammu Police by messaging us on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jammupolice/) or through SMS/Whatsapp to our dedicated number +91 90861 00100. We have sincerely tried to step up our action against drug menace and will continue to intensify our efforts in this direction. We require your support and cooperation for this,” the SSP Jammu said.