Narco-militancy nexus case: SIA conducts searches at Sopore

Srinagar, Oct 19: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) Kashmir Wednesday conducted searches at Sopore in connection with a narco-militancy nexus case.

In a month long chase of elusive leads to identity the lynchpin of a dangerous narco-militancy module, SIA finally zeroed on to a woman who has overseen at least Rs 10 crores worth narcotics and drugs smuggled into India from Pakistan, a statement.

“The searches were conducted today on 19-10-2022 at her Sopore den and digital devices among other records having a bearing on the case were seized. The investigation into the secret dealings of this syndicate is being done under case FIR number 19/2022 under sections 8/21 NDPS Act, 13 17 18 39 40 UA(P) Act registered in Police Station CIK (SIA) Kashmir,” the statement said.

It said that preliminary investigations that triggered this investigation suggests that consignments of smuggled heroin and other narcotics/psychotropic substances are being partly sold in local markets. “The bulk or the contraband, however, is further smuggled to other parts of the country for sale. Proceeds of the sale, as per initial findings, are being brought back to Kashmir and used to finance militant and separatist organization(s) / militant(s) to continue with militant and unlawful activities,” it said.

Mobile devices, bank pass books, a diary type notebook and cash in Indian currency (Rs 1,99,800) recovered from the house of the woman coordinator are being examined for unravelling the details of the other members of the syndicate, it said.

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