The Army apprehended a drug smuggler, Mohammad Kasim, along with two packets of heroin, on Monday night. The contraband is valued at approximately Rs. 2 crore in the international market.
The arrest was made near the Line of Control in Bhimber Gali area of Poonch district. According to Army spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta, 23-year-old Kasim of Hamirpur village in Balakot block of Poonch district, in the garb of a cattle grazer went to the LoC and received the consignment of heroin from a Pakistani-Occupied Kashmir resident. The troops challenged and apprehended him with the drugs.
The arrest is a significant blow to the nefarious designs of Pakistan Army in facilitating the narco smuggling to fund terrorism in J-K. An FIR has been lodged with the Poonch police.
Search of the area and further investigations are in progress.