The Border Security Force (BSF) claims to have recovered 18kg heroin worth Rs 90 crore along with fake currency amounting to Rs 4.87 lakh from Rattoke border out post (BOP) at Khemkaran in Ferozepur sector on Tuesday.
Giving details, Punjab Frontier IG Aditya Mishra said, "In the wee hours of Tuesday, the BSF troops deployed at the BOP observed two to three people moving suspiciously in front of the border security fence.
When the troops challenged the smugglers, the suspects went back to the Pakistani side. After this, a comprehensive search operation was launched and 18 packets of contraband and a packet of fake currency were recovered from near the fence, claimed the IG.
The seized notes were in the denomination of Rs 1,000, the BSF said.
The BSF intends to lodge a protest with Pakistan and also conduct a flag meeting with the Pakistani Rangers.
IG Mishra said that keeping in view the vulnerability of the border, operational guidelines have been issued to further strengthen border domination in order to effectively check smuggling.
The BSF field units are maintaining a strict vigil on the border round the clock. In the past few days, the sector has seen various attempts of smuggling. But the alert BSF jawans have thwarted the bids. Recently, a Pakistani smuggler was shot down by the alert BSF troops.