SRINAGAR, May 23: Security forces today recovered a huge quantity of plastic explosives and narcotics from North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, told Excelsior that police and Army recovered 15 sticks of plastic explosives near Nichli Jabri village of Tangdhar in Kupwara district today.
He said that based on specific information from police intelligence, a joint operation was launched by the Police and Army in Karnah, Tangdhar, Kupwara yesterday morning.
He said the joint operation led to recovery of 15 sticks of plastic explosives near Nichli Jabri village of Tangdhar. “These explosives were hidden in a Dhok for further transhipment to the hinterland,” he said.
In the last two years, a total of 28 weapons and over 60 kgs of narcotics was recovered from Karnah, besides huge quantities of explosives including ammunition and grenades.
He said that police in Kupwara busted a narco-module and made a recovery of eight kilograms of narcotics worth an estimated market value of Rs 50 crores, besides arresting a militant associate today.
The operation was launched by police on receipt of specific information during which a narco-module was busted. Amilitant associate Mudasir Ahmad Lone, a resident of Karen Bala was arrested in this connection.
Incriminating material narcotic substance heroin 8 kgs worth Rs 50 crore in the market value were recovered from possession of the apprehended accused.
Police has identified the other absconding persons involved in the module and efforts are on to arrest them.
The IGP said that the module was in close connection with Pakistan-based handlers and were involved in drug trade and assisting financially to active militants of the Valley. “The recoveries also exposed the inter-connection between drug dealers and militants”, he said.
“The module was working for militants to strengthen their activities in the Valley and were misguiding and motivating the local youth of the Valley to join militant ranks”, he said.
Kumar said that a 12 bore rifle and some suspected 50 grams of gunpowder was recovered from house of a labourer during a cordon-and-search-operation at Nagbal Machama area of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.
He said police along with Army’s 42 RR and 180 batallion CRPF launched joint operation at the house of one Mohammad Amin Malik, “labourer by profession and a former militant (2004)”.
“During search, one binocular, one 12 bore rifle (unlicensed), 10 rounds of the rifle and suspected explosive materials (gun powder approximately 50 gms), one kg bleaching powder like substance and iron/steal ball bearings (approx 250- 300gms) besides combat pouch and weapon sling,” he said, adding that a case has been registered and investigation taken up.