Woman drug peddler detained under PSA in Jammu


Jammu, Mar 13:
A woman drug peddler was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) here on Wednesday, a police spokesperson said. Reena alias Roopa, originally hails from Rajasthan’s Pindi area and was living in Jammu for the past several years. Several cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act have been registered against her at different police stations since 2016, he said. Earlier also, she had been detained under various sections of the Criminal Procedure Code for involvement in unlawful activities, especially peddling of narcotics, he added. “Keeping in view her activities and criminal record, her preventive detention was recommended by police and approved by the divisional commissioner, Jammu,” the spokesperson said. He said Reena lived with her husband Rajesh alias Babi in Rajeev Nagar, Narwal on the outskirts of the city. The first case under the NDPS Act was registered against her at Gangyal police station in 2016 and three more cases were registered at Bahu Fort police station in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In two separate operations, three drug peddlers were arrested along with contraband substances on Wednesday in Reasi district and R S Pura in Jammu district, the spokesperson said. A resident of Dharababa village, Rafiq Khan, was arrested after 200 grams of charas was seized from him during frisking at Serbad in Reasi’s Katra area, he said.

Two other alleged drug peddlers, identified as Umar Ahmad Khan of Pulwama and Shakeel Ahmad of Ramban, were arrested during checking of vehicles in Choga area of R S Pura, the spokesperson said.

Police seized 50 kilograms of poppy straw from their possession, he said.

All the three accused were booked under the NDPS Act, he said.
India, Pak to meet on Kartarpur corridor on Thursday

New Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) India and Pakistan will Thursday hold their first meeting to finalise the modalities for setting up of a corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab, three months after the two countries agreed on the project.

In the meeting, to be held held at the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border, New Delhi is likely to press for hassle free travel of Indian pilgrims to the Pakistani side besides asking Islamabad to insulate them from any propaganda by Khalistani separatists, official sources said.

Last year, there were reports that pro-Khalistan banners were shown to a group of Indian pilgrims while they were on their way to two Sikh shrines.

The Indian delegation will comprise representatives from Union Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, BSF, National Highways Authority of India and Punjab government, they said.

On reports about denial of visa to Pakistani journalists wanting to visit India to cover Thursday’s meeting, sources said it was not a public event which required publicity.

Asked about a reciprocal visit by Indian officials to Pakistan on the Kartarpur project, sources said it will depend on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting.

The meeting comes amid heightened tensions between the two neighbours following India’s air strike on a terrorist training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan’s subsequent retaliation.

Sources indicated that India may request Pakistan to allow visit of the Indian pilgrims to the gurdwara without any passport and visa.

Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

Sources said the government has identified 50 acres of land for the Kartarpur corridor and it would be developed in two phases.

Phase-l will be developed over 15 acres of land and the passenger terminal will be a green building which will display murals and photographs based on rich Indian cultural values, sources said, adding the design of the complex will reflect values of oneness and humanity.

The building will be differently-abled and will cater to the smooth movement of approximately 5000 pilgrims per day to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

The complex will have robust security protocols with CCTV surveillance and other advance security systems, they said, adding the BSF is likely to be tasked to provide security to the facility.

It will have sufficient public amenities like food courts, VIP lounges and parking area.

The sources said 54 immigration counters will be set up for facilitating travel of 5,000 pilgrims per day.

The entry gate of the facility will be in lotus shape.

The phase-I of the terminal building is expected to cost Rs 140 crore excluding the cost of the land.

In the phase-II, the government is planning to set up a viewers’ gallery and a restaurant atop a watch tower (approx. 30 m high), a hospital and accommodation for around 300 pilgrims.

India’s Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.

Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.


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