BSF seizes 4-kg heroin in Amritsar, 2 held

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 14:56 IST
BSF personnel with the accused duo at Ramtirath, about 15 km from Amritsar, on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Two persons were arrested and 4-kg heroin along with arms and ammunition were seized from Fatehpur Border out Post (BOP) here.

Addressing the media at a press conference here on Sunday, deputy inspector general (DIG) BSF Sumer Singh said, “On Saturday at around 1 pm, the BSF sentry observed two Indian nationals namely Ranjha Singh and Sonu Kumar Sharma, who were working ahead of the Border Security Fence, throwing a packet over the fence towards the Indian side. The BSF troops apprehended them immediately. During the search carried out by the BSF, three more packets of heroin along with a 9-mm pistol, two pistol magazines and 15 live cartridges were recovered from the area ahead of the Border Security Fence.”

The DIG said thorough questioning will be done from the accused, who were allegedly paid Rs 20,000 to clear a packet of heroin. Both the accused belong to Dhugh village in Amritsar.

He said, “Keeping in view the vulnerability of the border due to high grown wheat crops and heightened activities of smugglers on border, inspector general (IG) BSF, Punjab Frontier, has issued operational guidelines to all the sectors under the Punjab Frontier for further strengthening of the border domination so as to effectively check activities of anti-national elements on the Punjab border.

Accordingly, DIG BSF, Sector, Amritsar, has directed the field commanders to maintain extra vigil on the border to thwart the attempts of anti-national elements. “Tactical operations are being mounted to foil the attempts of the smugglers.”

The BSF will now handover the accused to the Punjab Police, which will start the further investigations.

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