Lack Of Job Opportunities Forced J&K Youth Into Drug Trafficking5 October 2010
Mumbai: Intelligence officers with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) interrogating the two Kashmiri youth nabbed with Hashish contraband, have revealed that lack of employment opportunities forced them into drug trafficking. A senior officer from the NCB said “The accused duoShaukat Ali, 19 and Asif, 20 are residents of Jammu and Kashmir, Ali is a native of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir while Asif is from Bandipura district.” He added “To escape the attention of the law-enforcing authorities, the duo hired a truck, created cavities into the roof of the drivers’ cabin and concealed the drug contraband so that they do not get caught at checkposts. They successfully crossed all the checkposts on their way to Mumbai but were finally nabbed by our officers at Kharegaon on the Mumbai-Agra highway, which is around four to five kilometres from Mumbai’s city limits.” The authorities suspected that the contraband might have been smuggled from across the border, but further investigations revealed that the contraband was made out of a local yield. The arrested duo are school drop outs and did odd jobs for living. Since Kashmir is in a tense state for a long time, they could not find any job opportunities. Meanwhile, from the J&K police, NCB is finding out if they have past criminal records. Intelligence officers say that the dense forests in J&K and the hilly terrains there makes it an ideal location to illegally grow cannabis. The yield once ready is then converted to Hashish by a simple rubbing technique. Kashmiri Hashish is considered to be of a best quality unlike Hashish manufactured in other parts of the world. NCB officials, meanwhile are probing if there was any major kingpin involved in the whole episode. In the last one year, the police and agencies have nabbed around 25 Kashmiri youth in cases of drug supply and peddling.