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Police arrest 8 drug peddlers with contraband substances

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Srinagar: Police have arrested two drug-peddlers in Kulgam and Handwara, while six more were  arrested in Budgam, and contraband substances recovered from their possession, officials informed Friday.

They said in Kulgam, a truck (JK02B-C7973) was intercepted at Main market Mirbazar, and five kgs of poppy straw were recovered from it. Its driver Swarn Singh, son of Late Rattan Singh of Chanani Udhampur, was arrested and the truck seized, police said.

In Handwara, at a checkpoint established at Badshah Khan on Sopore-Kupwara highway, police arrested one Irshad Ahmad Sheikh alias Nadeem, son of Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Maidan Chogul, and recovered 70 grams of cannabis from his possession.

In Budgam, during checking at Nadigam crossing, police intercepted a vehicle (JK05D- 9350), and recovered 33.50 grams of cannabis-like substance and cash of Rs 32,030 from the possession of three persons — Mohammad Umer Doom, son of Ghulam Ahmad Doom of Chairhaar; Shahbaz Shafi Dar, son of Mohammad Shafi Dar of Mirpora; and Sajjad Hussain Rather, son of Mohammad Issaq of Sofipora Soibugh – travelling in it. They were arrested and the vehicle seized, police said.

At Chewdara, two more persons were arrested and 55 grams of cannabis-like substance and 240 Spasmo-Proxyvon Plus tablets recovered from their possession, police said. The arrested trio was identified as Gulam Nabi Bhat, son of Khazir Mohamad Bhat, and Athar Sadiq Najar, son of Mohamad Sadiq Najar, residents of Chewdara.

At Raithan Khan Sahib, 80 grams of cannabis were recovered from the possession of Moomin Ashaq Mir, son of Ashiq Hussain Mir of Jawalapora, who was subsequently arrested, police said.

Cases under relevant sections of law have been registered at respective police stations in all these instances and further investigations have been initiated, police said.

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