Following an exchange of fire with the cross-border smugglers, who were attempting to smuggle a consignment of heroin through a PVC pipe, the sleuths of the 67th Batallion of the BSF posted at Border Out Post (BOP), Chanmulla recovered 14 kilogramme of heroin, estimated to be worth `70 crore in the international market.
The contraband was packed in 14 packets, each weighing one kilogramme. A BSF spokesman said on the intervening night of October 16 and 17, suspicious movement was witnessed near the international border. The smugglers were seen approaching the fence and were ordered by the BSF to stop, but they did not pay heed and fired at the BSF jawans, who returned fire in self-defence.
However, the smugglers managed to escape taking cover of the standing paddy crop and the uneven terrain. The BSF spokesman added that during the search of the area, a blue PVC pipe (approximately 12 feet long and four inches in diameter) was recovered ahead of the fence. “As many as 14 packets of heroin wrapped in a cloth were found inside the pipe,” the BSF spokesman added.