City Police’s Special Cell on Monday claimed to have dismantled an international drug-smuggling and money-laundering ring that used part of its profits to finance the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Culminating a month-long investigation, the Special Cell on January 19 arrested three suspects – Jammu and Kashmir police constable Khurshid Alam, B Ganesh and M Senthil of Tamil Nadu from Humayun’s Tomb here.
The suspects allegedly worked with a Kuwait-based cartel controlled by one Ali to smuggle drugs from Afghanistan to Jammu and Kashmir via Pakistan using a corridor sanitised by Hizb operatives. Alam travelled extensively to Delhi to deliver the consignments to Ganesh and Senthil and was in contact with Ali, according to Special Cell officials.
“It was revealed that the kingpin of the ring is a Kuwait-based person named Ali, who carried out activities of the drug cartel over phone and through Internet telephony. Ali coordinated with the terror outfit’s members for channelling drug supplies to India,” Special Commissioner S N Shrivastava said.
Shrivastava said Alam had named Fayyaz alias Tanveer, the Hizb area commander based in Abottabad in Pakistan, as another key figure in the ring. Fayyaz, he said, used to receive drug consignments from Afghanistan, which were later transported to the Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir. A significant portion from the drugs sales went to fund the HIzb’s activities. According to Special Cell sleuths, Alam used to hand over drug consignments to Ganesh and Senthil for their delivery to Chennai and places in Kerala, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.