Jammu, Oct 11 (PTI) A “hardcore criminal” was on Thursday arrested and slapped with the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, police said. Also Read - Zahoor Ahmad, TRF Terrorist Involved in Killing of 3 BJP Workers, Police Personnel Arrested From J&K's Samba

Vipan Kumar Gupta alias Jony was nabbed by a special police team during a raid, a police officer said. Also Read - Tunnel Suspected to be Used By JeM Infiltrators Detected Along IB in J&K's Samba, Massive Operation Underway

He was involved in a number of criminal activities and drug peddling. At least eight criminal cases are registered against him at Police Station Bari Brahmana. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Lockdown News: Complete Shutdown in Samba District From August 28 to September 1

Jony’s motive was not only to create terror among the peaceful and law abiding citizens of the town but also form a gang of criminals, the officer said.

To put an end to his criminal activities, district police Samba compiled all the police records of Jony, prepared his dossier and got issued his warrant under the PSA from the deputy commissioner, Samba, he said. Jony was a threat to the life and liberty of the people of Samba, the officer added.

The PSA is an administrative detention law that allows detention without charge or trial for up to two years in some cases.

He was lodged in District Sub-Jail Hiranagar, the officer said.

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