An assistant sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from north Kashmir’s Handwara for allegedly helping cross-border drug traffickers associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Hindustan Times quoting people familiar with the matter reported.
According to the report Romesh Kumar is the second forces person to be arrested in Jammu and Kashmir since January 2020 for allegedly helping militants.
The NIA earlier arrested deputy police superintendent Davinder Singh for helping HM militants. He has since been charge-sheeted and dismissed from service.
The New Delhi based newspaper reported that Kumar allegedly connived with drug traffickers linked to militant groups when he was posted 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 also raided Kumar’s residence.