The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 10 kilograms of heroin after a brief exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near Rajatal border outpost (BOP) in Amritsar sector early on Monday.
Talking to mediapersons, BSF deputy inspector general (DIG-Amritsar sector) MF Farooqui said, "The BSF jawans noticed some movement near the barbed fence at Rajatal BOP. They challenged the suspected intruders, who ignored their warnings and started inserting a PVC pipe into the fence. Our troops opened fire, and the intruders fled back to the Pak side."
While carrying search of the area at daybreak, the BSF jawans spotted 10 packets of heroin, each weighing one kilogram, inside the pipe, he added.
The value of seized contraband is estimated to be around Rs. 50 crore in the international market, the DIG
The BSF official said the smugglers intended to push these packets through a PVC pipe as it would have been difficult for them to breach the fence. The use of PVC pipes for pushing in contraband across the fence is a common practice by smugglers, he added.
"An Indian contact of the Pakistan-based smugglers was assigned the task of picking up the contraband from this side, had the attempt been successful", he added.
Farooqui informed that keeping in view the vulnerability of border from smuggling point of view, BSF IGP (Punjab frontier) Ajay Kumar Tomar had issued strict directions to his troops to keep a vigil along the border, as smugglers often try to take advantage of foggy conditions to push in heroin and other contraband.
He said the BSF would soon acquire the latest surveillance equipment and install it along international land borders. A team from Israel had recently demonstrated the use of certain types of radars and infrared cameras along the border in Punjab for use in foggy conditions, he said.
"The trial report will be submitted to the BSF headquarters, which will then take a decision on the best equipment suited to our conditions," he added.
Seizures along Punjab border this year
Heroin— 91.88 kg (including today's)
Fake Indian currency notes — Rs. 4 lakh
Ammunition— 130 rounds
Pak mobile phones—7
Pak SIMs— 9
Pak smugglers/intruders killed— 5
Border crossers apprehended—4
"An Indian contact of the Pakistan-based smugglers was assigned the task of picking up the contraband from this side, had the attempt been successful."
— MF Farooqui, BSF DIG (Amritsar sector)