New Delhi: In a major crackdown on Pakistan-based narco-smuggling racket, Jammu and Kashmir police seized brown sugar worth Rs 80 crore in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara district on 30th of January. Preliminary investigation suggests the brown sugar was supplied from Pakistan.
Acting on a lead, the J&K police intercepted a Tata Sumo vehicle and arrested two persons, Zameer Ahmad Raina and Riyaz Ahmad Badan with 19 Kg of narcotic substance from their possession.
Pakistan has been pushing drugs into India through Kashmir and Punjab on the Western front.
Pakistan’s hybrid war in J&K has now shifted to narcoterrorism and the locals are forced to grow poppy which is then used to fund terrorism in the valley. Afghan-grown poppy is first smuggled into J&K after which it is dispatched to Punjab through locals working as drug mules.
Ramban-Banihal National Highway has turned into a major route for drug mafias, with connections to Pakistan-based smugglers, for sending illegal contrabands to the neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab.
A report published by the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) states there are around 70,000 drug abusers in the Valley, out of which 31 per cent are women.
Former J&K DGP SP Vaid had called drug menace in the state a far more ‘bigger challenge’ than terrorism and added that contrabands were smuggled into J&K by Pakistan-based smugglers with a single aim of paralyzing the future generations. India has always remained an easy target for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence as it is located between the Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle – the two areas notorious for illicit opium production. Pakistan’s intelligence agency has ties with smuggling syndicates and uses them to push narcotics into India from J&K and Punjab. More