Local court frames criminal charges against five accused in brown sugar recovery case

Baramulla: A local court in this north Kashmir district on Saturday framed charges against five accused, including a Pakistani national, in connection with the recovery of 66.5 kg brown sugar recovered from a truck from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in July last year.

A police spokesman said here this afternoon that criminal charges were framed by Court of Sessions Baramulla against all the five accused including one Pakistani national in Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPSA) case of 66 kgs brown sugar recovery of police station.

He said Advocate Basharat Additional Public Prosecutor was pleading the case on behalf of police in the court.

In one of the biggest drug hauls in Kashmir, police seized over 66.5 kg of heroin and brown sugar, worth over Rs 300 crore, from a truck which had come from POK at the Trade Facilitation Centre in the town of Uri on the Line of Control (LoC). The narcotics were hidden in wooden boxes in the truck and were found during checking of the vehicle.

Police detained the vehicle’s driver, resident of Chakoti in PoK.
In February, 2015, the cross-LoC trade was suspended for several days after a Pakistani driver was arrested following recovery of 300 packets of narcotics from his vehicle at Uri.

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