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5 drug-peddlers arrested: Police

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Srinagar, Oct 08: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested five drug-peddlers in Budgam and Awantipora. Contraband substances have also been recovered from their possession.

In Budgam, a police party at a checkpoint established near Block Office Khag intercepted and apprehended a suspicious person and recovered 24 grams of ‘Charas’ (cannabis) from his possession. The arrested person was identified as Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Raheem Bhat, resident of Takibal Breewah.

A case was registered in this regard, police said, adding during investigation, the accused admitted that he had purchased contraband substances from Ghulam Mohammad Naik alias Bringi, son of Abdul Gani Naik, and his son Parveez Ahmad Naik of Sutharan Khag.

Subsequently, police raided a residential house Naiks and recovered 15 kgs of cannabis leaves. However, the father-son duo managed to escape from the spot.

Further investigation into the matter is going on, more arrests and recoveries are expected, police said.

In Awantipora, a police at a checkpoint established on Befina road intercepted a vehicle (JK13E-5230) with four persons on board.

They have been identified as Muneer Rasool Bhat alis Gopa, son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Namblabal; Adil Ali, son of Ali Mohammad Dar of Samboora; Javid Ahmad Dar alias Trecha, son of Mohammad Akram Dar of Meej Pampore, and Naseer Ahmad Shah, son of Bashir Ahmad Shah of Chandhara Pampore.

During the search, 6.5 kgs of poppy straw was recovered from their possession. They have been arrested and the vehicle used in the commission of crime has also been seized, police said, adding a case has been registered and further investigation is on.



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