Indian Trucks Held Seeking Release of Drug Accused
A day after contraband drugs worth `100 crore were seized from a truck coming from Pakistan controlled Kashmir (PcK) as a part of the cross-LoC trade, police on Saturday detained three people including a driver and a Kashmiri trader for being questioned.
Twenty-five truck drivers from Kashmir are not being allowed to return to the state by PcK officials, who demanded the release of the accused truck driver and the seized truck.
“We have detained three people - a truck driver, a trader from Bandipora district and a local from Baramulla. They are being questioned,” DIG J P Singh said. He added that more arrests were likely to be made.
He said the security apparatus on the cross-LoC trade route was tight.
“It was due to this tight security arrangement that we were able to seize brown sugar from the PcK truck,” he said.
He said civil officials had contacted PcK officials to apprise them about the developments. Sources said 49 trucks entered from PcK into this part of the LoC on Friday as a part of the cross-LoC trade.
“During searches at Salamabad Uri checkpoint, cops recovered 114 packets of brown sugar from the bus bearing the registration number RIS-10-2137, which was driven by Mohammad Shafiq Awan of Shard, Muzaffarabad, PcK,” sources said.
An FIR under section 8/21 NDPS Act has been registered. Sources said the truck was carrying a consignment of 148 bags of almonds sent from Al-Fajar Company to M/S Showkat Habib Trading Corporation Bandipora.
“We are questioning the Kashmiri trader who ordered the almonds. We are trying to find out if contraband drugs were ordered under the garb of almonds, ” the police said.