Srinagar : Over 1000 kgs of poppy straw were recovered from three trucks from Punjab on the Srinagar-Leh national highway, officials of Anti Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) said here on Sunday.
A tip off was received that poppy straw was being transported to Leh in trucks from the Kashmir valley, the ANTF officials told a press conference on Sunday.
Immediately after receiving the information, a team was constituted and rushed to Sonamarg in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.
With the help of Ganderbal police, two trucks bearing registration numbers PB 07-AL 2229, and HP 55B- 0711 were intercepted and during their search ANTF and police team recovered 800 kg of poppy straw like substance. During the questioning of drivers, it came to light that one vehicle carrying poppy straw had already left for Leh. Two individuals driving the trucks have been arrested from the Valley and one from Leh so far.
Official said that a total 1000 kgs of poppy straw has been recovered which is one of the biggest catch in recent times. A case under relevant Sections of law has been registered, they said adding more arrests are expected .