In a major haul of narcotics, the Border Security Force (BSF) seized 10 kg heroin worth Rs 50 crore in the international market along the Amritsar sector of the India-Pakistan border on Tuesday.
The BSF personnel also exchanged fire with the Pakistani smugglers.
Addressing media-persons during a press conference at the Khasa headquarters here, BSF IG Ajay Kumar Tomar, said, "On the intervening night of December 16-17, BSF troops deployed at the border outpost, Mohinder, detected suspicious movement near the border security fence."
The troops on duty immediately rushed towards the spot and fired two rounds to foil any smuggling attempt from across the border.
"Later, BSF troops heard eight shots being fired from the direction of the international boundary, the reason for the same is being ascertained," added Tomar.
The area was immediately cordoned off. An intensive search was conducted in the morning during which, BSF troops found 10 packets of heroin inside a plastic pipe near the border security fence.
"The spot from where the contraband was recovered is at a distance of approximately 200 metres from the international boundary in the Indian territory," said the IG.
Stating that surveillance had been upped due to dense fog in the region, Tomar said, "In view of the dense fog, vigil has been intensified. We are also taking technological help to fight such a situation."
Asked about the sudden increase in inflow of drugs from the Pakistani side, the IG said, "Though the seizures have gone up, the attempts of smugglers have been thwarted."
BSF DIG MF Farooqui claimed that a protest will be lodged with the Pakistani Rangers.
A few days ago, 20 kg heroin along with a pistol and some ammunition was seized from a goods train of Pakistan during checking by the Indian Customs at the Attari railway station.
BSF seizures along Punjab border in 2013:
Heroin : 322.266 Kgs
Fake Currency : Rs. 52,04,500/-
Weapons : 23
Magazines : 28
Ammunition : 312 Rounds
One arrested with Rs 20-cr heroin
Batala: In a major breakthrough, the Batala police claimed to have arrested a narcotics smuggler and seized 4 kg heroin worth Rs 20 crore in the international market, from his possession.
During a press conference here on Tuesday, SSP Batala, SS Mand, said, "On receiving a tip-off, a police team under SHO, Civil Lines police station, Gurbinder Singh laid a naka at the Tharianwal drain bridge. During checking, the police intercepted a motorcyclist identified as Sarabjeet Singh lias Mintu, resident of Ludhiana."
During a search, four packets containing 4 kg heroin packed in a polythene bag were recovered from his possession.
"The packets bore seals in Urdu script and no. 999 was stamped on them," added the SSP.
A case under sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.
During preliminary investigations, the police found that the accused was a hardcore criminal and four cases, including murder, attempt to murder and harbouring terrorists, were already registered against him in Jalandhar.
"Accused Mintu was in jail for about 9 years and following his release, he shifted base to Ludhiana where he was later declared a proclaimed offender in a case. Following this, he again shifted base to Gorakpur in Uttar Pradesh," added the SSP.
He said the accused had confessed that he was a courier for smuggling contraband for the past many years. "We are interrogating him to know to whom the contraband was to be delivered," added the SSP.