Drugs play major role for 'Fidayeens': NCB

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Jammu, Sep 11: Use of drugs always play an essential role for 'Fidayeens' during fierce encounters and gunbattles against security forces, a senior official from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said here today.

''Fidayeens generally come with do-or-die intentions and in such cases use of drugs and narcotics during long encounters help them to remain alert and not to fall asleep throughout the battle,'' M K Sharma, Zonal Director, Narcotics Control Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir said at an interaction session organised on the topic ''Narco-terrorism: Concern and Challenge in J&K'' at University of Jammu.

Mr Sharma said after inhaling or consuming a heavy dose of drugs, the militants, especially the fidayeens become more alert and participate actively in encounters despite being in no senses.

He added that drugs also play a major role in generating income and the funds raised out of it are being used to operate militant-related activities.

''Sponsoring terrorism is an expensive affair and the money doesn't come through proper channel. In such a case, smuggling of drugs from across the border and in other parts of world help militant organisations to generate unlimited money,'' Mr sharma explained while adding that the market value of narcotic drugs is much higher than any consumer product in the world.

Meanwhile drugs are being smuggled from across the border as Pakistan is one of the responsible factors for cross-border smuggling on International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir, alleged the NCB Zonal Director.

''From Lakhanpur (J&K-Punjab border) to Akhnoor Sector, vulnerable areas on International Border including Nikki Tawian, Tawi, Chenab, Samba, R S Pura, Chammb-Jourian, are major routes of infiltration and cross border smuggling whereas on LOC, routes like Bhimber Gali (BG), Krishna Ghati (KG) are favourable areas for the smugglers due to their hilly terrain,'' Mr Sharma informed.

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