A Pakistani national was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday after a brief encounter at Khemkaran sector on the India-Pakistan border.
The operation, in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, led to the recovery of drugs, arms, ammunition and fake currency.
BSF officials said “suspicious movement” was seen near the border fence and later it was found that three Pakistanis had entered Indian territory. “When BSF jawans challenged them, the Pakistani nationals opened fire on the BSF patrolling party,” said Ferozepur range DIG (BSF) Rajesh Gupta.
In the shootout, one Pakistani man was killed while the other two reportedly escaped, he said.
The BSF reportedly fired more than 20 rounds.
Around 13 kg heroin worth Rs 65 crore in the international market, one pistol, 10 live cartridges, 2 magazines, fake currency of Rs 5 lakh and 1 kg opium were recovered after the encounter, a BSF spokesperson said.
The contraband and ammunition were stacked in a plastic pipe through which the consignment was pushed through the barbed wire, officials said.
This year the BSF has so far seized 66 kg heroin, fake currency of Rs 17 lakh, nine pistols and ammunition, officials said.