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4-kg heroin seized along fence

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, September 07, 2013
First Published: 18:56 IST(7/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:34 IST(7/9/2013)

A day after 2-kg heroin was recovered from a truck that came from Pakistan with a shipment of plastic material, the Border Security Force personnel on Saturday seized four packets of heroin weighing one kilogram each near Narli border outpost in Amritsar sector.

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The development has once again reiterated the need for installing scanners at the border.

Addressing mediapersons BSF DIG MF Farooqi said that keeping in view the vulnerability of border from smuggling point of view, Ajay Kumar Tomar, inspector general, BSF, Punjab Frontier, has issued operational guidelines to further strengthen the border domination especially in view of high standing paddy crops so as to effectively check the menace of narcotics smuggling on Punjab border with Pakistan.

Consequently, BSF field units are maintaining enhanced vigil on border. The troops were on high alert as inputs were received regarding attempts of smuggling from the area of  Narli border outpost. Farooqi said that on Sturday, BSF troops at Narli BOP heard suspicious noises near the boundary pillar number 128/26.
 
"The troops immediately rushed to the spot and found two packets of heroin at a distance of approximately 20 meters from the fencing," he said.
 
He added that after first light, a search operation was carried out on both sides of the fencing resulting in the recovery of two more packets (of one kilogram each near the Dhussi track, approximately 200 metres from the place of recovery on home side of the fencing. 

Regarding the shipment of heroin that came through in a truck from Pakistan on Friday, he said that it was the duty of the customs department to conduct the checking.

Nepalese man arrested 

The DIG said that in another incident on Saturday, troops of Abad BOP in Gurdaspur Sector spotted a man roaming near the fence in a suspicious manner.
 
"When he was challenged, the man didn't stop and continued walking briskly towards the fence. Sensing danger to his life, a BSF jawan on duty fired two rounds from his weapon in self defence and apprehended him at a distance of one metre from the fence and approximately 15 metres from the International Border," he said.

According to Farooqi, during questioning, the accused disclosed his identity as Rattan Lal Acharya (21), a resident of Nepal.  No recoveries were made from the accused.

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