The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Amritsar, on Thursday seized 31-kilogram heroin in 1-kg packets, besides a pistol and some ammunition, near the Barreke outpost along Pakistan and arrested two Indian men in this connection.
Parkash Singh ‘Mintu’ (24) of Barreke and Angrej Singh (20) of Ali Kee village nearby are the accused. “Based on a secret input, a joint team of the DRI and the BSF’s 105 battalion carried out this special search operation in the Ferozepur sector village,” said BSF officiating deputy inspector general YP Singh, adding: “Apart from the drug, we seized a .9mm pistol, besides its four magazines and 61 bullets.”
The BSF claims the amount of drug seized to be the highest in the region by any security agency this year. Last January, the DRI had seized 41-kg heroin in Amritsar from a man named Jagdeep Singh, who had jumped parole after being caught with 13-kg heroin at Harike in 2009.
Last month, Delhi Police had seized heroin worth `20 crore in raids across north India and arrested five people, including a woman from Nowshera in Punjab. In February, the BSF killed four drug smugglers and seized 10-kg heroin in Punjab’s Khemkaran sector near the Pakistan border. Two of the smugglers were Indian.