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JAMMU: With drug trafficking for promoting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir emerging as a major threat, a BSF Assistant Sub Inspector has been arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in north Kashmir’s Handwara area for allegedly helping Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in cross border drug trafficking.Identified as ASI Romesh Kumar, reports suggest that he was conniving with drug traffickers linked to terror groups during his posting in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on deputation and investigated drug traffickers’ networks in Baramulla and Handwara regions.The NCB recently repatriated him back to BSF after his name cropped up during questioning of the drug trafficking accused arrested last year.The NIA is reported to have also raided Kumar’s residence.The NIA earlier arrested deputy police superintendent Davinder Singh for helping HM terrorists. He has since been charge-sheeted and dismissed from service.In 2009, an IPS officer of J&K Cadre (1995) batch, Saji Mohan, who had served the Jammu and Kashmir Police Department till 2006 and having remained Senior Superintendent of Police Doda, was arrested by the ATS in 2009 with 44 kilograms of drugs, including 12 kilograms of heroin. He was then posted with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as a deputy director in Kerala.Before being posted in Kerala, Saji Mohan was the zonal director for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Chandigarh where he was allegedly involved in pilferage of seized narcotics by the agency and also had links with several major drug kingpins.A local court in Chandigarh sentenced him to 13 years in prison in 2013.
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