NIA recovers Rs 91 Lakh drug proceeds in north Kashmir

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National Investigation Agency on Friday said that it has recovered rupees 91 Lakh in a case related to Narco- militancy in North Kashmir’s Handwara.

In a statement, it said that NIA recovered proceeds of narcotics to the tune of Rs.91 Lakhs in cash in Handwara Narco-Militancy case ( RC-03/2020/NIA/JMU).

The case was initially registered as FIR No. 183.2020 dated 11.06.2020 at Police station Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district wherein during checking of vehicles at Kairo Bridge, Handwara, accused Abdul Momin Peer’s Hyundai Creata vehicle was intercepted by police and during search Rs. 20 Lakhs along with two Kgs Heroin was recovered.

NIA had re-registered the case as RC-03/2020/NIA/JMU on 23.06.2020 and taken up the investigation.

The statement further stated that recently, NIA had arrested five accused persons from Srinagar and Jammu on 01.03.2021 and had taken them on remand for 15 days. Based upon examination and disclosure of arrested accused persons, NIA conducted searches and recovered proceeds of narcotics smuggling to the tune of 91 Lakhs.

The amount was found concealed in a field in village Gurwal, PS Ramgarh, Distt. Samba. Investigation revealed that arrested accused Romesh Kumar had received the cash proceeds of drugs from narco-smugglers based in Kashmir valley for self as well as for further channelization to different militant entities.

Further investigation in the case continues.(GNS)

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