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Smuggling bid foiled; 34 kg heroin seized
Aseem Bassi
KOT RAJDA (BORDER POST), November 18, 2012
First Published: 00:05 IST(18/11/2012)
Last Updated: 00:13 IST(18/11/2012)

There seems to be no end to the flow of drugs from Pakistan into India. In yet another haul on Saturday, the Border Security Force seized 34-kg heroin, priced at about Rs. 170 crore in the international market, from near a border post.


The BSF found 34 packets of heroin and some ammunition during a search operation along the fence near Kot Rajda border observational post (BOP).

The flow of heroin is consistent from across the border and big seizures of the drug had been made from Samjhauta Express in the recent weeks.

Giving details of the seizure, IG, BSF (Punjab Frontier), Aditya Mishra, said, "At about 3:30 am, our jawans heard some movement across the fence. On the being challenged, the Pakistani smugglers ran away leaving the consignment behind, about 300 metres from the fence. Since there was dense fog, the search operation took time. But the hard work of jawans brought results as 34 kg heroin was recovered from the area."

"We are very alert because the winter is approaching and such activities escalate during these months," the said.

Since the regular inflow of drug from across the border is a worrying factor, the BSF IG said, "We are holding a flag meeting with the Pakistani Rangers and will certainly raise the matter of smuggling."

The IG said, "We always take up the matter strongly with Pakistani Rangers and we expect that they take appropriate measures to stop such smuggling bids."
He said that there were reports of huge production of heroin in Afghanistan this year and bids to pump in the drug into India would increase.

"We are very alert on the border. For the winters, we are using some traps and security gadgets that alert us about movements along the fence," Mishra added.


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