Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) of J&K police have recovered 1000 kilogram of poppy straw from three Punjab based truckers in Sonmarg area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal and Leh districts.
Officials said after receiving an input regarding the smuggling of narcotic substances, the ANTF with the help of police, intercepted two trucks (PB 07-AL 2229, HP 55B- 0711) near Sonamarg hill station on Srinagar-Leh national highway.
Upon search of these vehicles 800 kg of poppy straw-like substance was recovered, they said and further investigation revealed that one truck carrying poppy straw had already left for Leh.
“The truck was intercepted near Leh and poppy straw-like substance weighing in quintals was recovered. Two non-locals driving the trucks were arrested from the Valley and one from Leh,” officials said and added a total of 1000 kgs of poppy straw has been recovered which is one of the biggest catches in the recent past.
The ANTF was formed by the J&K government last year to deal with the menace of drugs and drug peddlers in the Union Territory (UT). It has also been tasked to tackle the emerging threat of narco-terrorism in the region. The force is under the overall superintendence and control of the Inspector-General of Police, Crime J&K.
In March this year, the ANTF had frozen five bank accounts that were directly linked to a drug cartel of Kashmir allegedly headed by one Masood Ahmed Dar of Bijbihara in Anantnag district. A total amount of Rs 54.27 lakh was frozen as the cartel had been supplying Hashish from Kashmir to other parts of the country, apart from supplying and distributing psychotropic drugs in the UT.
56 SDRF Personnel Promoted to next ranks
In the recently held Departmental Promotion Committee (DOC) meet of HG/CD & SDRF J&K, 56 SDRF personnel have been promoted to next ranks.
A notice issued in this regard said that a Departmental Promotion Committee met on September 23, 2021 at Headquarters of HG/CD & SDRF, J&K, which resulted in promotion of 56 SDRF personnel to their next rank.
The notice added that among 56 personnel, one has been promoted to the rank of Sub-inspector, ten as ASIs, five as Head Constables and forty as Selection Grade Constables.
DGP-cum-Commandant General, HG/CD & SDRF, J&K has congratulated the promoted officials and encouraged them to perform with similar zeal and enthusiasm in future.
Gadkari reviews construction work of all-weather Z-Morh tunnel on Srinagar-Leh highway
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday reviewed the construction work of the strategically important 6.5-km Z-Morh tunnel here on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
Speaking with reporters at the Z-Morh tunnel site, Gadkari said his ministry is also building 20 tunnels of a total length of 32 km in Jammu and Kashmir and 11 tunnels of a total length of 20 km in Ladakh.
The cost of building these 31 tunnels in Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will be around Rs 1.4 lakh crore, the road transport and highways minister said.
Gadkari claimed that in the past two years, the Modi government has been able to do the same amount of work related to road projects in Jammu and Kashmir that earlier took 50 years.
He said that after the completion of the Z-Morh tunnel, the local tourism economy will get a boost.
The Z-Morh tunnel between Gagangir and Sonmarg will provide connectivity in all weather conditions between Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and Kargil in Ladakh.
Gadkari noted that tourism is the sector where 49 per cent of capital expenditure happens on the employment generation.
Asked whether the speed of construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel increased after Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh became Union territories, Gadkari said, “These issues are for you to evaluate (ye sab baaten apke adhyan aur chintan ke liye hai).”
The project cost of the Z-Morh tunnel is Rs 2,300 crore.
The 6.5-km-long Z-Morh tunnel project is under the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
For the Z-Morh tunnel, there is a five-km approach road and the tunnel is 6.5-km long and is bi-directional. It also has an escape tunnel for emergencies.
Over Rs 13.47 lakh sanctioned for 202 Wards of J&K Police Personnel by DGP
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Tuesday sanctioned over Rs 13.47 lakh scholarship in favour of 202 wards of serving personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police, a police spokesman said this evening.
He said DGP has sanctioned over Rs 13.47 lakh in favour of 202 wards of serving police personnel who have secured 80 per cent and above marks in the Annual examination of Class 12th during the Academic Session 2020-21 out of Central Police Welfare Fund.
He said Rs 6000 each has been sanctioned in favour of 113 students who have secured more than 90 per cent marks while eighty-five students who have secured 80 per cent and above marks has been given Rs 6000 each.
During the current year till date over Rs 1.21 crore have been sanctioned in favour of 2120 wards of Police personnel who have achieved above 80 per cent marks in the annual examination of class 10th, 12th and graduation for the academic of session 2020-21.
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