The Border Security Force (BSF) has suspended and ordered a departmental inquiry against the post commander of SS Wala Border Out Post in Abohar sector, sub-inspector Jai Veer Singh, and constable Bua Dutta for dereliction of duty.
On Sunday, the Fazilka Police had nabbed a BSF constable and four others for smuggling drugs from across the international border with Pakistan. They had also recovered 5kg of heroin, `68 lakh in cash, two cars and two Pakistani mobile SIM cards from them. The contraband had reportedly been making its way Indian territory for the past two months.
“The two officers have been suspended for dereliction of duty. Their role into the smuggling of contraband in which a BSF constable has been arrested is under scanner. The inquiry will most probably last a fortnight,” said Harbhajan Singh Gharcha, deputy inspector general, BSF, Abohar sector.
“The BSF has zero-tolerance for such anti-national activities. In case any official is found to be involved, strict action would be taken,” the DIG added.
‘Pistols smuggled,123-kg heroin let in’
When BSF constable Harpartap Singh was caught along with four others on the charges of smuggling drugs from across the border on Sunday, it was the first case of its kind where an employee of the security force was a suspect.
Sources said that during investigation, it was found that when 25-year-old Harpartap Singh, a BSF constable posted with 117 Battalion at SS Wala Border Out Post in Abohar sector, went on leave to his Jasraon village in Amritsar in April, he came in contact with one Nachhatar Singh of Hashimpura village.
Sources said Nachhatar, an active member of a drug mafia led by Kulwinder Singh, roped in Harpartap for effecting trans-border smuggling of heroin at the border out post. They struck a deal to pay Harpartap `70,000 per kg of the heroin smuggled with his help. The BSF constable was also given a Pak SIM card. When he resumed duty, Pakistan-based druglord Bhola contacted Harpartap, who allegedly facilitated three crossings of heroin consignments across the border that contained 123kg heroin besides two pistols between May 22 and June 12.
Meanwhile, Kulwinder, along with accomplices Buta Singh and Gurbachan Singh, were handling further delivery of the contraband in Mumbai via Delhi. After the three consignments, Kulwinder and the gang went quiet, so Harpartap himself contacted one Bhola in Pakistan, who put him in touch with drug smuggler Balraj Singh of Naushehra Dhalla village in Amritsar, who was on parole in a case of drug seizure of 2012.