Contrary to the claims of the Punjab government, the BSF on Monday asserted that there had been a spate in drug seizures at the international border this year.
Addressing the media here, BSF officiating IG (Punjab frontier) JP Uniyal said that the border force had seized 339.551 kg heroine this year as compared to 322.125 kg in 2013 and 288 kg in 2012.
As per the BSF's statement of seizure, 813 gm opium was seized this year as compared to 443 gm last year and 540 gm in 2012.
When his attention was drawn to the claim of the Punjab government that the state police had broken the supply line of drugs in the state, the officiating IG refused to comment.
The BSF also seized fake Indian currency notes of Rs 11,93,000, 19 weapons and apprehended 15 Pakistani and three Bangladeshi nationals.
The force also had handed over 11 Pakistani nationals to the Pakistani Rangers, who had inadvertently crossed the border.
Speaking about the special measures taken by the BSF after the recent terror attack at the Wagah border, he said, "We have made special security arrangements and have involved other agencies, including state police, local administration, intelligence, immigration and custom agencies to keep a tab. We have made standard operating procedure and all the agencies are clear about their roles".
Claiming that the performance of border force would improve with the availability of mobile interceptors, the IG said that the proposal for such interceptors is yet pending with union ministry of home affairs.
"It is a major hindrance in curbing drug smuggling menace from across the border," he said adding that at times the information gets delayed due to lack of mobile interceptors.
Uniyal said, "Mobile interceptors can be very effective in tackling the menace of drug smuggling from across the border and will give the force a big advantage".
The BSF has launched year-long celebrations of the golden jubilee of its raising day from December 1, 2014 to December 1, 2015 by organising various programmes, including adopting poorly-developed villages in border areas, adoption of selected schools and orphanages for differently-abled persons, felicitations to honour war widows, five-day horse safari event, half marathon covering civil population, blood donation camps and academic seminars.
He said that keeping in view the excellent efforts put in by the BSF (Punjab frontier) in operational, administrative and training capabilities during 2014, it has been awarded the prestigious 'Maharana Pratap Trophy' for the best frontier of the BSF in border management.
Uniyal also added that the Punjab frontier has so far adopted 74 villages near the border for their development.