Customs department on Monday seized 7 kg heroin worth Rs 35 crore in the international market from a Pakistan goods train that had brought cement to India.
The train had arrived in India on late Sunday evening. A search by customs authorities led to seizure of packets containing the contraband from one of the bogies in which cement bags were kept.
Addressing media persons in Amritsar, customs deputy commissioner Vijay Bahadur Singh said, "We were keeping a close vigil on imports from Pakistan. This seizure is a result of alertness shown by our officers."
Replying to a query, the officer said, "Definitely, it is a serious matter and we will take it up with our Pakistani counterparts. Such developments bring a bad name to trade."
Last month also, customs department had seized 5 kg heroin from a cement bag that came from Pakistan.
BSF seize 4 kg heroin
Border Security (BSF) seized 4kg heroin from Narli Border Outpost on the intervening night of July 15 and 16.
In a press release, the BSF said that constable B Saikia and Constable BN Meena of 163 Batallion were on duty at the BOP when they heard some ruffling noise in paddy fields at about 1:45am. As both rushed to the spot, the smugglers escaped under the cover of darkness. A search of the area led to seizure of 4 packets of 1kg each of heroin.