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Two narcotic smugglers arrested in Udhampur

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Jammu, Apr 21: Two alleged narcotic smugglers were arrested after 51 kg of poppy straw and eight gram heroin were recovered from their vehicle in Udhampur district, police said Sunday.

However, another accused, who was driving the vehicle, fled the spot, a police spokesperson said.

A police team intercepted a private car at Jakhani chowk checkpoint on Saturday evening and on checking the vehicle a huge quantity of contraband substance was recovered, he said.

While two occupants of the car, Mehraj-ud-din alias Javid and Siraj-ul-Din, both residents of Doda, were arrested, the driver fled the spot with the vehicle, the spokesperson said.

A police team has been deployed to arrest him, he said.

A case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile in Poonch district, police Saturday destroyed illegal poppy crop in a field in Salwah village of Mendhar area, he said.

In this connection, a case under NDPS Act has been registered against the field owner Mohammad Farooq and efforts are on to nab him, the spokesperson said.

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