Govt teacher among two arrested in Kupwara, Rs 50 Cr worth narcotics; arms, ammunition recovered

Both were working As OGW’S of Lashkar-e-Toiba: SSP Kupwara

Kupwara:- A government teacher was among two apprehended at Sadhna Top close to the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district along with huge quantity of arms, ammunition and narcotics worth Rs 50 Crores in the international market.

Addressing a joint press conference with the army, at District Police Office (DPO) Kupwara, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara Shiriram Ambarkar said that a teacher along with another person was involved in illegal transportation of arms, ammunition and a consignment of narcotics worth Rs 50 crores in the international market was recovered.

Flanked by army’s Colonel PS Chauhan, the SSP said that both the apprehend accused were in contact with Pakistan based Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT) outfit and operated on the directions of Lashkar operatives across LoC to smuggle huge amount of illegal narcotics, arms and ammo into the valley.

The SSP Kupwara said that the arrested duo were involved in illegal trade of narcotics and ammunition of which one is a government teacher posted at higher secondary school Tangdhar, Kupwara and has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Sheikh (48) son of Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh and another one has been identified as Abdul Amir Sheikh (43) son of Mohd Amin Sheikh a resident of Hajinar, Tangdhar, Kupwara.

He said that apart of narcotics worth Rs 50 crore in the international market, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition that include 20 grenades, one AK-56 riffle, its 76 rounds, 90 pistol rounds, narcotics worth Rs 50 Crore that was wrapped in polythene bags.

Talking about the surge in illegal trade of narcotics in border district, the SSP said that it’s going to be a big challenge in times to come but not beyond the ability of security forces. “We have demonstrated so many times that we are able to busting modules back to back,” he said.

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