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5 drug peddlers held

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Srinagar: Police have arrested five drug peddlers in Baramulla and Kulgam and recovered contraband substances from their possession. Bank account of a “notorious” drug smuggler in Bandipora has also been frozen, a police spokesperson informed Monday.

He said in Baramulla, at a checkpoint at Palhallan Pattan, police intercepted a car (JK01M-7247) with four persons onboard. During their search, 265 grams of heroin-like contraband substance was recovered from their possession, police said adding that occupants of the car identified as Ashiq Illahi Parray, son of Abdul Razaq of Lawaypora HMT Srinagar; Mohammad Asif Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, son of Gulzar Ahmad, both residents of Noorbagh Maloora Srinagar; and Altaf Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Mohammad of Malpora Warpora Sopore, were arrested and car seized.

In Kulgam, at Chawalgam crossing 4.5 kgs of poppy straw-like contraband substance was recovered from the possession of Jora Singh, son of Darshan Singh of Dohalan Ludhiana, Punjab, following which he was arrested.

In Bandipora, police froze the bank account having savings of Rs 1,70,807 belonging to a “narcotics smuggler” Aamir Rashid Sheikh, son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh of Shilvat Sumbal, under section 68F (2) of NDPS Act, police said.

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