Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested an imam of a mosque from the Pattan area of Baramulla with a huge cache of drugs.

Sources told MyNation that the Police recovered a bag full of drugs from an imam named Mushtaq Ahmad Miya alias DC Maulvi during a combing exercise in Pattan.

When stopped by the policemen, the suspect tried to run away from the check post but was apprehended later by the police team.

The 40-year-old imam is a local resident with a criminal history.

SSP Baramulla Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, while confirming the arrest of the imam, said, “Our boys have recovered drugs from the said person who had run away from the check post, although his ‘scooty’ bearing registration number JK05F 3004 and drugs have been seized by the police.”

SHO Pattan Mir Saleem told MyNation over the phone that they registered an FIR (No. 168 /2018) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Police Station Pattan. He said the suspect has been arrested. The accused was working as an imam in a local mosque.

“He has a criminal record but he was inactive from pretty long time. We got inputs from our sources, after which we launched a manhunt to arrest him,” he added.