A day after gunning down three Pakistani intruders, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were involved in another incident of cross-border firing near Narli outpost in Amritsar sector in the wee hours of Wednesday. Although the smugglers from across the border managed to flee, the search operation resulted in recovery of 21kg heroin, one shotgun and three cartridges.
The Italy-made Beretta shotgun had the name “Shabir” engraved on it while its bullet had the label “made in Pakistan” on it, said BSF officials.
It was around 3.20am that BSF personnel spotted movement from across the border at Narli outpost. The Pakistani smugglers entered Indian territory and started throwing some packets over the fence. On being challenged, they opened fire on BSF troops, but fled during retaliatory firing.
Terming the incident a major success, BSF inspector general (IG), Punjab Frontier, Anil Palliwal said: “The troops are on a high alert in the wake of inputs about desperate attempts being made by infiltrators and smugglers.”
The IG said the troops were ready to face all sorts of challenges, and besides enhanced surveillance, technical help is also being sought. The officer said proceedings are on to hold a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers to protest the back-to-back incidents.
Tuesday intruders handed over to police
The three Pakistani intruders captured near Dariya Mansoor outpost on Tuesday were handed over to the Amritsar (rural) police on Wednesday.
The three intruders -- identified as Shehzad of Lahore, Babar Ali of Sheikhupura and Ali Raza of Narowal -- are being quizzed by cops as well as other security agencies.
Although initial probe revealed the trio could have entered into India by mistake, the three have been booked for crossing the border illegally.
Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh said: “During quizzing, the three intruders have told us they had come to attend a wedding in Rayya Kalan village across the border, and entered the Indian territory inadvertently.”
The trio was nabbed a few hours after BSF troops gunned down three Pakistani intruders in the same area.