Two Pakistani smugglers were killed and another was injured in a firefight with the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday while attempting to smuggle drugs across the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Fazilka district.
Their two Indian accomplices were also caught with 15 kg of suspected heroin besides arms and ammunition.
Officials said the incident took place around 2 am after BSF personnel detected some “suspicious movement” along the International Border in the area under Sohana border post and challenged the intruders.
“While two Pakistani nationals have been killed, another has been injured and apprehended by BSF. About 15 packets of narcotic, suspected to be heroin, have been seized from them, besides some arms and ammunition. This seems to be a case of cross-border drug smuggling,” an official said.
The arrested smuggler was admitted to the Fazilka civil hospital, and later referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital at Faridkot. He is out of danger, said DIG BSF Abohar Eepan.
The officials said the bodies were recovered and a search was launched in the area. Senior BSF officials have reached the forward area and more details are awaited, sources said.
With inputs from agency