Narco Terrorism Networks Surface In Jammu, Delhi7 August 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Police have come across a major nexus among border smugglers-Pakistani militants and hawala operators having network in Jammu and New Delhi besides across the border in Pakistan. The money generated from the business of drugs, sent from Pakistan, was being channelised to fund the militancy. Two notorious border smugglers, arrested by the Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu, have made sensational disclosures about the links of drug mafia in Pakistan with Jammu and New Delhi based smugglers, receiving funds from hawala operators in lieu of drugs and pumping them into militancy. While two smugglers Sarfu Ram of Camp Khour and Shinder Singh alias Shinda of RS Pura have been arrested by the SOG Jammu, their mentors in New Delhi including hawala operators and recipient of drugs have been identified during questioning of the trans-border smugglers. Police sources said a joint team of SOG Jammu and police is leaving for New Delhi shortly to brief the Delhi Police about activities of drug smugglers and hawala operators in the Union capital, whose money was being used to sustain militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. Sarfu Ram was arrested by police about 10 days back while Shinda was arrested later on his disclosures. During questioning, Sarfu and Shinda have admitted that a consignment of five packets of heroin, weighing five kg and having an international market value of nearly Rs 25 crores, seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) from Niki Tawi on the International Border (IB) near Makwal on March 9 this year after an encounter, was meant for them. The Pakistani militants had come to deliver the consignment, which was evident from the fact that one AK-47 rifle, 45 rounds and two magazines were also recovered by security forces along with the consignment of narcotics. In the encounter, one of the smugglers was killed while his associate had managed to escape. Sources said Sarfu and Shinda were hiding in a field close to the site of encounter. After hearing gun shots, they left the field realizing that the smugglers had been trapped by security forces. Though Sarfu Ram, Shinda and their New Delhi based associates, whose identity has been kept secret by police, were not involved in any militant activity, they had links with Pakistan based smugglers, who were pumping drugs into the State through the IB in Jammu region. The drugs were further supplied to New Delhi based mafia, some of whom happened to be the hawala operators and some of the funds generated (from the drugs) were used in funding militancy, sources said. The funds reached the militants through drug recipients-cum-hawala operators of New Delhi, reportedly at the behest of Pakistani smugglers, who were in link with the militant commanders of Pakistan. Sources said the SOG Jammu teams, headed by SP Operations Pawan Parihar, which investigated the case of narco terrorism, have identified a number of hawala channels of drug smugglers and militants in New Delhi. A high level joint team of the SOG Jammu and police was shortly leaving for New Delhi to apprise the Delhi Police about details of the narco terror network operating from the capital providing funds to the militants in Kashmir to sustain the militancy, sources said, adding that arrest of the racketeers would go a long way in breaking the backbone of Pakistan backed groups of militants, hawala operators and drug suppliers. According to sources, the drugs supplied by Pakistan smugglers to their associates in Jammu at the behest of Pakistani agencies were sold to New Delhi based drug recipients-cum-hawala operators. A part of the money generated from sale of the drugs was kept by the smugglers while rest of the amount was given to militants directly by the hawala operators. Further investigations in the case are being conducted by the SOG Jammu and police.