The Border Security Force (BSF) recovered 17 kilograms of heroin besides arms and ammunition in the wee hours of Sunday after an encounter with Pakistani smugglers at the Daoke border outpost (BOP).
Reports said a heavy firing took place from both sides of the border at around 4:30 am and the seized contraband has been estimated at Rs 85 crore in the international market.
BSF inspector general (IG) AK Tomar, flanked by DIG MF Farooqui, said, “At about 4:30 am, the BSF personnel posted at the Daoke outpost noticed some suspicious movement across the fence. They saw that smugglers were inserting a plastic pipe across the fence. Our jawans challenged the smugglers who in turn opened fire on the patrol party.”
In retaliation, the BSF troops also opened fire on the Pakistani smugglers who managed to escape due to dense fog. After a couple of hours, the BSF launched a search operation in the area and 17 packets of heroin, one pistol, a magazine, a country-made pistol, seven cartridges, a mobile phone and a Pakistani SIM card was recovered from the spot, IG Tomar informed.
“Since there was dense fog, the exact number of Pakistani smugglers could not be ascertained. There is possibility of Indian smugglers being present near the fence. We have asked the police to register a FIR and probe the matter.”
The IG said it was difficult to get details of the Pakistani SIM card. He said to curb smuggling at the border, the BSF had launched operation alert along the entire state border.
Special instructions have been given to BSF troops and hi-tech gadgets are being used to keep a close vigil on the border. IG Tomar also held a meeting with BSF officials and assessed the operation.
“The force (BSF) is very alert and we are doing our best to curb smuggling of drugs from across the fence. No chance will be given to anti social elements to push narcotics into our territory.”
Even as the Pakistani Rangers had assured total support during the recent Indo-Pak DG-level meeting, the flurry of incidents has raised question mark on their seriousness.
The Pakistani Rangers have been claiming that no attempts of smuggling were made from their side.
Recently, the BSF had shot down two Pakistani smugglers and recovered drugs from them but the Pakistani Rangers remained in denial mode and refused to take their bodies.
“They (Pakistani Rangers) had said the bodies did not belong to them,” said IG Tomar.
The BSF holds a flag meeting with the Pakistani Rangers every time a seizure is made or an encounter takes place.
Recent incidents in Amritsar sector
January 4: Two Pakistani smugglers shot dead in Ram Tirath sector by BSF; 4 kilogram heroin seized
December 17: BSF seized 9 kg heroin from the Mohinder border outpost (BOP) area
December 2: BSF recovered 13 kg heroin from Udhar Dhariwal BOP area
October 10: BSF shot down three Pakistani smugglers; recovered 24 kg heroin, an AK-47 rifle, three mobile phones and Pakistani SIM cards besides huge ammunition