The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 14kg of heroin worth R70 crore at the Pakistan border in Punjab’s Ferozepur district early on Saturday.
A gun battle between BSF personnel and suspected Pakistani smugglers at the border in Hussainiwala led to the seizure a little after midnight.
“BSF officials of the 80 Battalion on duty at the Muthianwali post along the border noticed three people crossing over the electrified fencing,” said Rajesh Gupta, deputy inspector general (DIG), BSF, Ferozepur range. “When they were challenged, one fired gunshots at around 12.15am.”
The BSF fired in retaliation, following which the trio fled the spot, he said.
A search operation early on Saturday led to the recovery of 14 packets, each containing a kg of heroin kept in a plastic pipe, said the DIG.
Some belongings of the smugglers were also recovered, he added.
Patrols at border posts had been increased after tip-offs that smugglers based in Pakistan were trying to sneak in narcotics into India, said the BSF.
Gupta said a protest note about the incident had been given to Pakistani authorities.