Highlights:

  • An assistant sub-inspector Romesh Kumar of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency. 
  • The arrest has been done for allegedly helping cross-border drug trafficking associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).
  • Kumar is the second security person to have been arrested since January 2020for allegedly helping terrorists.
  • A second officer, requesting anonymity, said four alleged drug traffickers took the name of Kumar.
  • The NIA in a statement in Delhi said the accused were engaged in cross-border smuggling of heroin in large quantities from Pakistan and supplying it to J&K and other parts of the Nation.

An assistant sub-inspector Romesh Kumar of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir for allegedly helping cross border drug trafficking associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), people familiar with the matter stated. 

Kumar is the second security person to have been arrested since January 2020for allegedly helping terrorists. Earlier the deputy police superintendent Davinder Singh was arrested for helping HM terrorists. He has since been charge-sheeted and dismissed from his service. People above-cited said Kumar allegedly connived with drug traffickers linked to terror groups when he was posted in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on deputation and investigated drug traffickers’ networks in Baramulla and Handware regions. Recently he was repatriated by NCB to BSF after his name cropped up during questioning of the drug trafficking accused arrested in 2020. The residence of Kumar was also raided. 

A second officer, requesting anonymity, said four alleged drug traffickers took the name of Kumar. A BSF spokesperson in Delhi stated that they are trying to find more information on the arrest and said any jawan or officer arrested in a criminal case is suspended immediately. 

Since June 2020, NIA has been investigating the Handwara narco-terrorism case and a charge sheet has been filed against 6 persons. The NIA in a statement in Delhi said the accused were engaged in cross-border smuggling of heroin in large quantities from Pakistan and supplying it to Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the Nation.

They were also in regular communication with the operatives of proscribed terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), using encrypted chat platforms. The proceeds of the sale were being used to finance the activities of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba operating in the Kashmir Valley.”

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