Cocaine from Pak for the Mujahideen to shoot up?

Srinagar:  Cocaine for the Mujahideen? Apparently it’s not established that the gun-toting Islamists are shooting it up their nostrils. No, the cocaine was to raise money for the outfit  by getting  infidels hooked on the stuff. That’s what  Jammu and Kashmir Police claim. They seized a cocaine consignment worth Rs 10 crore in a surprise raid on a truck coming from across the Line of Control (LoC). They say it was meant for an alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative.

Police sources in Srinagar told the press that  the contraband was meant for a certain Hizbul Mujahideen based in the valley, and the fellow was later arrested from Srinagar.

Deputy Inspector General North Kashmir told reporters that the “police party intercepted the truck (JK-02F-0127) at Sheeri. The vehicle was returning from Pakistan occupied Kashmir  after delivering a consignment to Faizan traders. Nine packets of contraband cocaine worth Rs 10 crore were recovered from the truck.”

The truck had recently gone to Pakistan with a load of bananas from Srinagar and was delivered to one Faizan Traders in POK.

The DIG said “We don’t have necessary scanners, sniffer dogs and the required sophisticated equipment’s at the Kamanpost to detect  ‘unwanted’ consignment.”

The truck was returning from Pakistan administrated Kashmir, through Kaman Post in the border town of Uri, when it was stopped  in the Sheeri area of Baramulla. The cops had information that weapons were also being smuggled in the  truck.  No weapon was found.  The police instead discovered 9 packets of contraband cocaine, concealed in a tyre over the toolbox.

The police said the driver confessed to have brought the illegal drugs from PoK, to be  delivered to one Shehzad, an alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative based in Srinagar.

A case FIR number 47/2013 under section 6 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered in Police Station Sheeri, in Bramulla District, and investigation is on.

The DIG said the truck driver Abdul Ahad Ganaie, of Mawar Handwara and his helper have been detained. He said that it is for the first time that such a huge quantity of narcotics  had been caught coming in Pakistan.

Police sources further said that Shehzad had admitted that the cocaine consignment was meant for him, to be passed on to another operative, whose particulars were to be “informed to Shehzad later by the organization from Pakistan.”

Shehzad, police say, was one of the close militant operatives linked to the top brass of Hizbul Mujahideen.

The border trade between India and Pakistan of some two dozen listed items, operates for four days a week through Uri in Baramulla district of Kashmir valley and Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district of Jammu. Guns and Cocaine do not feature on the list.

It was launched during Mufti Syed-led coalition government as a major confidence building measure between India and Pakistan. The trade has been operational since October 21, 2008.

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