The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 6-kilogram heroin on Tuesday night near its Chhanmula outpost in the Amritsar sector.
BSF deputy inspector general (Amritsar sector) MF Farooqui said here on Wednesday that a patrolling party had spotted six packets, each holding 1 kg of the drug, close to the barbed-wire security fence along the border with Pakistan. “Tied in a cloth, these packets had been flung over the fence with the help of an attached string, using the hammer-throw technique, it seems,” said the DIG.
He added that a mobile phone with a Pakistani SIM (subscriber’s identity module) card had also been seized along with the drug. “The smugglers who were to pick up the contraband were to use the SIM for sending a message across the border,” said Farooqui.
Since the smugglers who had tossed the contraband over the fence had retreated to Pakistan, no one was caught. In similar recent cases at Naushera Dhalla and Daoke outposts, the BSF had picked up the drug before the smugglers could. The force has now seized 28-kg heroin in the Amritsar sector alone, so far, this year. In the entire Punjab sector, the figure is 87 kg.