Police and Forest Protection Force (FPF) sleuths have seized 150 kgs of medicinal herb Nag Chatri and 25 kgs of Khour in two separate incidents in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir and arrested a driver of the Public Works Department (PWD) in this connection.
Acting on a tip-off, FPF men headed by deputy director Ravinder Singh intercepted a vehicle at Akramabad in Doda district on the Doda-Jammu highway on Wednesday, FPF officials said.
Two people, including the driver, escaped from the spot and during the search of the vehicle, 110 kgs of banned Nag Chatri and 25 kgs of another banned medicinal herb Khour were seized along with the vehicle.
A case has been registered in this regard and operation to trace down the duo has been launched.
In another incident, a man has been arrested in the same district for allegedly possessing 40 kgs of banned rare medicinal herb, police said.
The accused has been identified as Naveed Ahmed of Malanoo-Kahra village. The drug, Nag Chatri, was seized during a police check, from the driver of a truck of the PWD which was on its way to Thathri from Piyakul, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
The truck was later seized and the driver arrested on the spot, he said, adding that in this regard, a case has been registered. Further, search for accused Dalmir Ahmed, a known smuggler of forest-produced Nag Chatri, has started.