The Border Security Force (BSF) seized six packets containing a total of 4-kilogram heroin on Tuesday evening near the Ghoga outpost along the Pakistan border in this sector.
BSF inspector general (Punjab frontier) Anil Paliwal told the media on Wednesday that the contraband packed in a propeller shaft (an iron pipe) welded at both ends lay unattended in a field near pillar 80/3, 100 metres from the border security fence and about 300 metres from the international boundary. The 6 drug packets were wrapped in yellow tape.
Agencies claim the drug to be worth Rs 19 crore on the international market. This being the harvesting season, the BSF has heightened its vigil on the border against intruders and drug smugglers. The IG said that seeing many consecutive drug shipments seized had forced smugglers to send heavier consignments to make up for the loss.
BSF’s Amritsar DIG Sumer Singh said tactical operations against smugglers were still on, while DIG RS Kataria said the enhanced surveillance had come good.