Foiling a bid to smuggle drugs across the Indo-Pakistani border, Border Security Force personnel shot dead a Pakistani intruder near the Rajatal border outpost on Wednesday and recovered eight kg heroin, valued at about Rs 40 crore in the international market, that he was trying to smuggle into the Indian territory.
A pistol magazine, 12 rounds of ammunition and a cell phone with a Pakistani SIM card were also seized.
BSF deputy inspector general MF Farooqui stated troops deployed in the area noticed five intruders moving suspiciously towards the Indian border. He said three of them, apparently smugglers, eventually managed to cross into India, adding the troops noticed a corpse, apparently of the intruder who had been gunned down, on the other side of the border fence.
“The intruders approached the border fence and tried to insert a PVC pipe under it. They were immediately challenged by the BSF troops, but they didn’t pay any heed and instead opened fire on our soldiers.
The BSF troops too fired at the intruders forcing them to beat a hasty retreat under the cover of darkness”, he added.
Farooqui said when the area was searched a PVC pipe, used for smuggling drugs, stuffed with a cloth tube was found dangling from the border fence.
Stating the BSF had launched tactical operations in border areas to foil attempts by smugglers to cross over into India during the harvesting season, Farooqui said the BSF troops had so far recovered 138.59 kilos of heroin, eight weapons, 14 magazines, 104 rounds of ammunition, 10 cellphones and 11 Pakistani SIM cards.