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Contraband worth Rs 18 crore seized in Baramulla, two persons held: Police

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Srinagar:  Police on Saturday claimed busting a “narco-terror” module in Baramulla district of north Kashmir with the arrest of two people and seizure of contraband worth Rs 18 crore.

A police spokesperson said a police party was patrolling the area from Dachi towards Basgran during which it found two vehicles — Celero-X (JK09C-1584) and Alto (JK05G-0247) — on a link road towards Dachi in a suspicious condition.

The police moved towards the vehicles and after seeing them, the drivers tried to flee, he said. However, the duo — Mohammad Sabir Barwal, a resident of Jabda Kamalkote Tehsil in Uri, and Parvaiz Ahmad Tantray from Reban Rafiabad, Sopore — were apprehended, the police spokesperson said.

“Both the vehicles were searched and three packets of contraband, apparently heroin, was recovered from one vehicle and five packets from the other. In total eight packets of contraband weighing about nine Kgs were recovered. The cost of the contraband in the black market is about Rs 18 crores,” he said.

During their personal search, mobile phone, a cheque to the tune of Rs 5 lakh and an Adhaar card was seized from Barwal’s possession, while seven cheques amounting to Rs 9,79,500, two blank cheques, an Adhaar card, and other documents were seized from Tantray, he said.

A case (FIR No.17/2022) under relevant sections of the law has been registered and investigation has been taken up, the official said.

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