In a breakthrough in a recent narco-terror case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested the key accused — a branch manager of a cooperative bank — from Srinagar, a spokesperson of the probe agency said.
Afaq Ahmad Wani, a resident of Maratgam village of Handwara, is the fourth person to have been arrested after the drug syndicate operating in Jammu and Kashmir was busted last month. It led to the seizure of 21 kg of heroin and over Rs 1.35 crore in cash from the syndicate members.
The spokesperson said the investigation so far has revealed that the accused persons were smuggling the drug and other psychotropic substances in huge quantities through the Line of Control (LoC) and the proceeds of sale were used to finance the activities of the terrorist organisation Lashker-e-Toiba in Kashmir Valley.
Wani, a branch manager of Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank in Handwara, had been on the run since June 11 when the narco-terror module was busted.