Far from cementing trade ties between India and Pakistan, a Pakistani goods train brought 5kg heroin that too hidden in a cement bag into India.
The drug, which has a value of about Rs. 25 crores in the international market, was seized by the Indian customs officials.
India imports Pakistani cement in huge quantity through the goods train. But acting on a tip off, the Indian customs team launched a check in the train that came from Pakistan and found the drug in a cement bag.
The heroin was found in bogey number 72214. There were about 488 bags of Lucky brand cement in the bogey but one bag that had a pioneer brand on it carried the drug consignment.
The customs has further hiked the vigil following the seizure.
Providing details, deputy commissioner Customs, Vijay Bahadur said, “The Pakistani train carrying cement reached Amritsar this morning. As there was some intelligence input, a check was launched and consignment of heroin was found.”
Cement is imported from Pakistan since years but this is for the first time that heroin has been detected from cement bag, he added.
The Customs official said, “Investigations are on and we are looking at who had sent this from across the border and who was to receive this in India. Vigil has also been hiked.”
Inspector Ashok Choudhary stressed that inputs were coming since past few days and finally detection was made, he said.
Few days’ back, a bag carrying 10kg heroin and fake currency was being thrown off a Pakistani goods train.
Following this, the Indian authorities had detained two Pakistani drivers and rail guard for questioning. However, they were later freed.
Few years back, heroin was smuggled into India in a case carrying pomegranates.