In a major drive against narcotic drugs, Odisha police have seized over 3.100 kg of brown sugar, cash over Rs 65 lakh and three guns from Nayagarh district and arrested one person.
A team of the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha police has conducted a raid near Sindura under Nayagarh town police station of Nayagarh district late last night and seized 3 kg 100 grams of brown sugar, Rs 65.32 lakh in cash and three 7MM pistols, said additional director general (ADG), crime branch, Sanjeeb Panda on Tuesday.
During the raid, the STF also seized seven magazines, 43 rounds of 7 mm bullets, one note counting machine, four mobile phones and one tablet set, he said.
One accused person identified as K. Vickey Rao of Rajabazar of Khurda district has been arrested. Two other persons involved in the case have also been identified and hunt is on to nab them, Panda said.
In this connection, the police have registered a case under sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Arms Act, 1959. The accused Vickey Rao will be forwarded to the court, the ADG informed.
Since 2020, in the special drive against narcotic drugs, STF alone has seized more than 47 kg of brown sugar and arrested 122 drug dealers/peddlers. Similarly, in the drive against illegal arms, the task force has seized 67 of firearms since 2020, Panda added.
On the other hand, the Odisha excise officials have also conducted raids on Khurda town and seized about 200 grams of brown sugar from a vegetable vendor. The vendor identified as Rajendra Prusty has been arrested and further investigation is on, said an excise official.
7 soldiers killed, 19 injured in Ladakh road accident
Seven soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a road accident in Ladakh on Friday, defence sources said.
According to the sources, 26 soldiers were injured in the road accident in Turtuk area of Ladakh.
“Seven soldiers died on the spot while 19 others were injured. The injured soldiers have been airlifted to military hospital in Chandigarh,” a defence source said.
Human-animal conflict, elephant shot dead in Karnataka
The conflict between man and wildlife has come to the fore in Karnataka once again. On Friday, an elephant was shot dead in an agricultural field near Alur taluk in Hassan district.
Forest officials said that the elephant was a 20-year-old male. They are gathering information to trace the culprits.
Sources said that about 5 elephants have died unnatural deaths in the region in the past 1 year.
The villagers maintain that their repeated appeals to address the elephant menace is falling on deaf ears. “The government has closed their eyes on us. We are struggling and fighting to protect the crop that we grow for food,” they said.
There are more than 20 wild elephants in the region and they destroy crops and attack villagers. However, though protests are staged, the authorities do not bother about the problem, the villagers stated.
Forest officials maintain that the killing was the result of human-animal conflict. An investigation will be conducted and the killers would be nabbed, they said.
Hybrid terrorist arrested in Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces have arrested one hybrid terrorist belonging to the LeT along with arms and ammunition from Bemina area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, officials said on Friday.
Police said acting on a specific tip-off about the movement of terrorists Bemina area, a joint checkpoint was set-up by Srinagar Police, Army’s 2nd RR and valley QAT CRPF at Bemina crossing.
“An individual suspiciously approaching towards the checkpoint was challenged who tried to flee from spot but was apprehended tactfully by the alert party,” police said.
He has been identified himself as Nasir Ahmad Dar, resident of Gund Brath Sopore. On his personal search, one pistol, one magazine and five live rounds were recovered from his possession.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the arrested accused was working as a hybrid terrorist of proscribed terror outfit LeT outfit and was involved in delivering pistols in Srinagar city to carry out targeted killings,” a police officer said.
A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress.
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