Property of a drug peddler seized in Kashmir

Property of a drug peddler was seized in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Monday, police said.

The drug peddler has been identified as Khursheed Ahmad Waza alias ‘Mandela’ under NDPS Act.

Reports said that a residential plot measuring 1 kanal 1.5 marlas worth a market value of Rs 44 lakh and two vehicles worth Rs 12 lakh have been seized as illegally acquired property through sale of narcotic drugs.

The further investigation is going on, police said.

In Kashmir, the police are increasingly using preventive detention laws such as Public Safety Act against drug dealers. According to the provisions of the law, an individual may be held for a year without trial if they are deemed to be a threat to public order and for up to two years if they are considered a threat to national security.

The police have also used the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to deal with offenders. The law enables preventive detention for up to one year in “certain cases for the purpose of preventing illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.”