Kupwara, Jun 27 (GNS): Narcotics worth Rs 65 Crores were recovered from two militant associates alongside arms and ammunition in Kralpora area of north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said on Saturday.
SSP Kupwara Shri Ram Ambarkar told a presser that acting on credible information regarding a narco-smuggling module, a joint operation was executed by police and Army’s 17 RR during which two persons carrying narcotics alongside with arms and ammunition were arrested.
The arrested duo has been identified as Manzoor Ahmad Lone (38) son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone of Lalpora Bijhama and Ghulam Mohammad Lone (40) son of Abdul Rahim Lone of Lachipora Baramulla.“Narcotics weighing approximately 13.5 kgs worth Rs 65 Crores were recovered from the duo,” he said, according to this GNS correspondent.
Besides the narcotics, arms and ammunition including two pistols, four pistol Magazines, 55 pistol rounds, four hand grenades and ten detonators were also recovered from their possession, he said.
“The duo was working in close tandem with PAK-based militant handlers”, he said, adding, “they were involved in drug trade and supply of weapons to militants in Valley.”
The police, he said, have meanwhile registered an FIR (51/2020) u/s NDPS Act, 7/25 IA and 13, 18, 39 UAPA at Police Station Kralpora and ‘further investigations taken up in this regard.”
Meanwhile, sources to GNS said that upon receiving specific inputs, the duo was intercepted at a naka in Kralpora area—at a distance of 25 kms from District Headquarters Kupwara – last night. (GNS)