The increasing inflow of drugs from border areas of Jammu and Kashmir into Mumbai has alarmed the Crime Branch.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy, on Tuesday, said the city’s youth are falling prey to this. “No doubt that these drugs are headed to schools and colleges,” he told journalists on Monday while briefing them about the seizure of 122 kg of charas on June 5.
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) seized the contraband from two gangs, both from Jammu and Kashmir. The accused have told the police where these narcotics are grown and processed.
“We have learnt of at least two-three districts in J&K which have fields to grow these drugs. We will get in touch with the
local police to act against them,” Roy said. The ANC intercepted a truck at Bandra Kurla Complex on June 5 and recovered 87 kg of charas and arrested six persons, including two from J&K and two from Punjab. “The charas was hidden in a cavity in the driver’s cabin,” Roy said.
Two of the accused Mansigh Rajput (34) and Mohammed Ahmed Butt (48) are from Bagebahu and Gandarbal in J&K respectively. Paramjit Singh Sardar (25) and Jasbir Singh Siddhu (35) are from Amritsar in Punjab.
The other two accused, Irfan Khan (24) and Inamullah Turki (36), are from Mumbai.
The ANC, in another major drug bust, seized 33 kg of charas from a car on May 21 near Ketkipada in Dahisar. Five persons were arrested.
One of them, Ibrahim Jehangir (65), is a resident of Ananatnag in J&K while the driver of the vehicle, Mohammed Hussain Shah (48), is a resident of Gulbarga in Karnataka.
He said the other three accused, Alam Shaikh (35), Ramzan Shaikh (41), and Satish Padawe (48), are all residents of Mumbai.
The ANC has also seized 122 kg of ganja after raiding several places in Mumbai in the past few days. It seized 107 kg of ganja from a vehicle on May 30 from Dahisar. Four persons were arrested. It recovered another 15 kg of charas from Vakola on June 4 and arrested two persons including a woman named Joshna Rathod (35).