Border Security Force (BSF) troops on Friday seized 18 packets of contraband, suspected to be heroin, near the Ferozepur sector.
The estimated cost of the recovered contraband is said to be Rs 90 crore as per international rates. Also, a plastic pipe used to pass heroin and a pair of shoes made in Pakistan have also been seized.
Anil Paliwal, inspector general (Punjab frontier), said that at around 5.15 am, the smugglers were caught trying to pass the contraband towards India, through a pipe in the border security fence.
“Jawans of the 87th battalion sensed their movement. After hearing voices of the BSF jawans, the smugglers fled. Subsequently, a search operation was carried out during which 18 packets were recovered in between the International Border and border security fence ”, he added.
The deputy inspector general (DIG) said, keeping in view the vulnerability of the border, due to heightened activities of smugglers, top BSF authorities have issued operational guidelines to all the sectors under the Punjab frontier to effectively check any infiltration attempt and anti-national activities.
BSF officials further said they would continue to enhanced vigil to prevent the smuggling of narcotics.