JAMMU Three special police officers were arrested on the city outskirts here for allegedly possessing 75 grams of heroin following which one of them was disengaged from service while necessary action was recommended for the remaining two from Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. The arrests come just days after a policeman was arrested in Kupwara with heroin worth lakhs of rupees.
Sunny Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad and Javed Mir, both from Kashmir, were arrested at the Brigade road near Miran Sahib on Monday evening when the trio were travelling in a private car, an officer said.
Twenty-two gram of heroin was recovered from Kumar, 26 gram from Ahmad and 27 gram from Mir. The accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the officer added. A police spokesman said Kumar, who was engaged with district Police Jammu, has been disengaged from service with effect from July 20 — the date from which he was absent from duty. “The other two SPOs are engaged in Handwara (police) district of Kashmir and their involvement in the FIR has been conveyed to the concerned for necessary action against them,” he said. He said further investigation in the case is in progress.
On July 14, Mushtaq Ahmad Peer of Kalmuna Handwara was arrested after officers at a checkpoint established at Chogul seized 750 grams of heroin concealed in a polythene bag from his possession, a police spokesman said.
It is learnt that the arrested person works in Armed Police, a police spokesman had said, adding a car bearing registration number JK01V-1178 has also been seized in the case.
The seized contraband was said to be worth over Rs 20 lakhs, according to officials.
Need to tackle drug menace before it gets out of hand: Advisor
Asking officers to take effective measures to check substance abuse among youth, Advisor to Governor Tuesday termed the menace of drug abuse as an emerging threat which needed to be tackled as soon as possible.
The Advisor, , K K Sharma , was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the steps being taken to address the grave concern of drug menace in the society, an official spokesperson said.
The need of the hour calls for effective implementation of drug policy against the menace focusing mainly on three components: policing, de-addiction, and prevention. The situation should be immediately tackled with a strong response before it goes out of hand, he said and called for a coordinated effort between various stakeholders especially the law enforcement agencies.
The Advisor stressed on the two-pronged strategy to deal with the drug menace- counselling of the youngsters and result-oriented action against drug peddlers and other people associated with the menace.
Highlighting the role of community leaders and parents, Sharma said that every issue has to be addressed with all seriousness jointly by various stakeholders that include the government as well. But the greater responsibility lies on the shoulders of schools, parents and the community leaders so that the growth of the evil is nipped in the bud, he said.
He said various government department should undertake a sustained campaigning which would create educate and inform the people about the ill-effects of drugs on society besides NDPS act.
The officers during the meeting informed the meeting about the various initiatives taken by the respective departments to curb the menace of drugs.
Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atul Dullo, IGP Crime Mukesh Singh, Medical Superintendent, Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences Dr Arshad and other senior officers were present in the meeting.