2 drug traffickers held in Nagrota; 4,050 kg poppy straw seized

Police to approach juvenile board again for custody of Bus stand grenade thrower


JAMMU, Mar 14: The police have arrested two alleged drug peddlers and recovered 4,050 kg of poppy straw from them in Nagrota, a senior officer said Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, the truck coming from Kashmir Valley was intercepted at Ban Toll Plaza in Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday night, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu, Tejinder Singh.
The truck driver Malkeet Singh, 53, and his accomplice Kulwinder Singh, 37, both residents of Kapurthala in Punjab, were arrested and booked under the NDPS Act after 4,050 kg of poppy straw, packed in 183 bags, was recovered from the vehicle, the SSP said.
Seeking the people's cooperation to eradicate the menace of drugs, Singh said over the past two days Jammu police had busted an inter-state gang of narcotics smugglers and arrested 10 peddlers with large quantity of contraband.
He said, "The investigation is on and more recoveries and arrests are expected in the coming days."
So far the police have seized 4.5 kg of high quality charas, 4,216 kgs of poppy straw intoxicative capsules this month, besides 350 gram of heroin since February, he added.
"The war on drugs is going on," he said, adding, the success against the narcotics smugglers was possible because of the support of the people.
When asked how the truck managed to reach Nagrota near Jammu, crossing dozens of check points, Singh said, "Over 1,800 vehicles cross a check point in an hour on the highway and it is not possible to check every vehicle."
The SSP said the police was conducting checks on specific information as well as on random to discourage drug trafficking.
"We are strengthening the intelligence network so that all involved in drug trafficking are held," he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Wednesday that it would again approach the state juvenile board with necessary evidence to seek the custody of the grenade thrower who was arrested in connection with the Jammu bus stand attack last week.
The juvenile board had earlier rejected medical reports suggesting the teenager allegedly involved in the grenade attack was in fact an "adult" and had asked police to submit all relevant documents to establish his age.
The reports of the bone and teeth tests conducted on the accused showed that he aged around 19 and based on the report, police had sought a 10-day remand which was rejected by the board.
"We will project our case afresh with all documents and proof, including the doctor's report," Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Tejinder Singh told reporters here.
The teenager was nabbed immediately after he allegedly threw the grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead and 29 injured on March 7.
While according to the medical tests he's aged around 19, one set of documents recovered from him shows that he turned 16 on Tuesday and another shows that he's 14.
During his initial interrogation, the 'juvenile' had said that he was paid Rs 50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant to carry out the grenade attack.
Replying to a question about the board rejecting the medical report, the SSP said: "We are going to present our case before the board with all the documents and proof which have been collected, including the doctor's report, so that they can take a call."
He said police are taking various steps to prevent such type of attacks in the city in the future.
"The daily footfall at the bus stand is around 10,000. So, we are working on developing and improving intelligence network to ensure safety and security of people," the officer said adding the main focus is on intelligence gathering and being "pro-active".

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