Border farmers under BSF scanner as Pak smugglers eye harvesting season

  • Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 13:49 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF) has received “strong tip-offs” that people from across the border are trying to take advantage of the wheat harvesting season to sneak in drugs, arms and fake currency into the Indian territory.

Sources said the BSF is leaving nothing to chance and has fanned out all its units posted at their respective headquarters to guard the 533-km Indo-Pak border and keep a check on farmers who might be lured by smugglers.

“We have launched a special campaign to minutely check heaps of wheat as well as fodder being carried out from farms situated across the border fence,” a senior BSF official told HT.

The BSF has already upped security on the border, where farms stretch beyond the border fence at various places, after the deadly attack on the Pathankot airbase in January this year. But more deployment comes as fear of smuggling lurks as the harvest season has begun. On Thursday, the BSF seized 1kg heroin from a farm near the border fence in Ferozepur. Last week, two residents of the Barre Kee village were held with 31.5 kg heroin.

Deputy inspector general, Ferpzepur sector, RK Thapa told HT: “We are very alert to the situation and are leaving no stone unturned to ensure a safe border.”

Senior superintendent of police 9SSP), Ferozepur, Manminder Singh said all farmers harvesting wheat at the border will be under a “strict vigil”.

“Special check points have been set up on roads leading to border areas,” he added.

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