Border Security Force (BSF) troops gunned down two Pakistani and two Indian narcotics smugglers early Sunday morning in the area of responsibility of border out post (BOP) Mehndipur Base along the Indo-Pak border.
Ten packets (approximately 10 kgs) of contraband suspected to be heroin worth Rs 50 crore, arms and ammunition, Pakistani currency and SIM cards were also seized from their possession.
In a press conference, BSF inspector general (Punjab Frontier) Anil Paliwal said at around 4.30am on Sunday, the Pakistani smugglers were to pass the heroin to their two Indian counterparts through a pipe in the border security fence.
“BSF troops of 191 battalion sensed their movement and cornered them. Finding themselves trapped, they opened fire on the troops. The BSF men retaliated, killing the smugglers,” he said.
Paliwal said ten packets of contraband , two Pakistan-made pistols, one local-made pistol, 54 live rounds of ammunition, one plastic pipe, Pakistani currency notes worth Rs 270, a knife, a packet of cigarettes made in Pakistan and a SIM card of the neighbouring country were recovered from the spot.
BSF officials said the bodies of the smugglers had been handed over to the police for further investigation. The deceased were not identified till the time of filing this story.
RK Thapa, deputy inspector general (DIG) Punjab frontier, said: “The enhanced vigil of BSF troops has once again thwarted the attempt by smugglers and anti-national elements to smuggle contraband items into India. In the future also, we will not allow them to succeed in their attempts.”