The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 18kg of heroin in the area of Karnail Singh Wala border outpost (BOP) in Tarn Taran district, which falls in Ferozepur border sector, on Friday morning.
A plastic pipe used to push the heroin and a pair of shoes made in Pakistan were also seized.
Inspector general, Punjab frontier, Anil Paliwal, said around 5.15 am, Pakistani smugglers were trying to pass the heroin towards the Indian side through a pipe in the border fence.
“Jawans of 87th Battalion of the BSF noticed their movement and challenged them. On this, the smugglers left the pipe and fled from there. A search operation ahead of the border fence was carried out by the BSF during which 18 packets of heroin were recovered,” he added.
The IG said keeping in view the vulnerability of the border due to heightened activities of smugglers, top BSF authorities had issued operational guidelines to all sectors under the Punjab frontier to further strengthen border patrol to check any infiltration attempt and activities of anti-national elements.
According to sources, the BSF has so far recovered around 91 kg heroin on the Punjab border this year.