In its second major drugs haul within this week, the BSF seized 13 kg of suspected heroin following an gunfight with smugglers near the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, BSF officials said Thursday.
The seizure was made near the Mullakot border outpost in Amritsar sector, 35 km from here, a Border Security Force spokesman said. A pistol and ammunition was also recovered from the spot.
The heroin is said to be valued at Rs.65 crore in the international market. The BSF had seized 27 kg heroin, valued at Rs.135 crore, from the Abohar sector in Punjab Tuesday.
"BSF personnel at Mullakot observed suspicious movement of smugglers on both sides along border security fence. The smugglers were challenged but fired at the BSF troopers. The BSF troopers fired back in defence. However, the smugglers managed to escape taking advantage of darkness and the standing wheat crop," said the spokesman.
With the latest seizure, the BSF has seized nearly 183 kg of heroin in the just over three months of this year. The seizure is valued at Rs.915 crore. The seizure of heroin in the entire last year (2013) was 322 kg in the Punjab sector.