Lashker Smuggling In Narcotics For Financing Terrorism In J&K
21 October 2007
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: In the first ever case of Narco-terrorism in the country, money- starved Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists are smuggling in high quality narcotics particularly heroin from Afghanistan and Paksitan to fund their activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Confirming this, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Doda-Ramban-Kishtwar range, Farooq Khan told PTI that a consignment of the purest form of heroin (a999 greade), manufactured in Afghanistan and packaged in Pakistan with an international market value of Rs 1.50 crore were recovered from two persons in Bhaderwah belt of Doda district on Sunday. The preliminary tests carried at local Forensic Science Labortory (FSL) confirmed that it was the purest form of heroin, he said. Packed in triple packs with the marking manufactured in Afghanistan and packed in Pakistan, heroin was given by a LeT Over Ground Worker of Thatri to two persons - Abdul Khalid (tailor) and Tahir Hussain (cable operator) for selling it in the market in Bhaderwah. Both of them were arrested and preliminary interrogations revealed that the LeT OGW had given it to them for selling it and returning him the cash. 'Bhaderwah does not have hard drug comsumers nor is it close to Indo- Pak border. That points to one thing that money starved LeT terrorists of Pakistani origin are carrying drugs from across and selling it here to get cash', the DIG said. Police recently busted several Hawala rackets and drug networks and recovered over Rs 8 lakh in cash, several kgs of heroin and sim-cards and mobile over the past one month in Jammu division. A total of over 32 kgs of heroin were recovered in Jammu region including the biggest haul of 25 kgs from RS Pura border town of Jammu district near the Indo-Pak border this year.