To keep the terror machine running, Pakistan has been using narcotics as a major financing tool in Kashmir. While it has been pushing trained terrorists into Kashmir and also deadly arms and ammunition besides fake currency, narcotics are being pumped into Kashmir to reach Indian markets like Punjab, Delhi, Mumbai to generate money for terror operations and recruitment.
While police have been battling the trained terrorists and have virtually broken the backbone of the network, narco-terrorism is emerging as one of the biggest challenges. The seizure of narcotics and the related arrests indicate a close link between drugs and terrorism.
As per the data available with Jammu and Kashmir Police, in 2020 alone, 36.08 Kgs of pure heroin, 240.7 Kgs of Charas and 49.7 Kgs of brown sugar were recovered from different parts of Kashmir Valley.
In North Kashmir’s Handwara 21.155 Kgs of heroin was recovered, followed by Baramulla where 7.60 Kgs was recovered. In Srinagar (summer capital) 3.478 Kgs, while in Shopian 1.86 Kgs, Budgam 1.009 Kgs, Anantnag, 0.702 Kgs, Kulgam 0.085 Kgs, Sopore 0.062 Kgs, Awantipora 0.061 Kgs, Pulwama 0.35 Kgs, Kupara 0.03 Kgs have been seized. However, no such seizures were made in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.
Charas or cannabis too was seized in huge quantity last year. As per the data, in Bandipora alone, 87.035 Kgs of Charas were recovered while in Shopian district of south Kashmir, recovery of cannabis was 42.572 Kgs; in Awantipora district it was 25.96 Kgs; Anantnag district 21.07 Kgs; Srinagar 20.407 Kgs; Sopore district of north Kashmir 7.605 Kgs; in Handwara 6.699 Kgs