After fierce cross border firing that lasted for almost three hours in Amritsar sector of the Indo-Pak Border, the Border Security Force seized 52 Kg heroin worth Rs 260 crores from two different areas across the state border.
The Border guarding force recovered 20 kg heroin from the Border Out Post (BOP) Roranawala in Amritsar sector whereas 32 Kg heroin was recovered from the BOP T-Bundh in Khemkaran of district Tarn Taran. This comes after a seizure of 18 kg heroin made on Tuesday.
The 20 kg seizure made in the Amritsar sector saw a heavy exchnage of fire between Pakistani Smugglers and BSF. Not only the Pak smugglers used Ak-47 to fire on Indian troops but also the Pakistani Rangers showed total ignorance on the firing that lasted fro three hours.
Detailing the reporters in Amritsar, BSF IG Punjab frontier, Aditya Mishra said, “The BSF troops deployed in the BOP Roranwala of the Amritsar Sector heard suspicious sounds between International Border and Border Security fence at about 2:40 AM. Immediately BSF troops challenged the suspects who fired bursts of approximately 15-20 rounds on BSF troops. Troops also retaliated in self defence however smugglers managed to escape from the scene.
Smugglers fired intermittently till 5: 00 AM probably to retrieve their consignment of 20kg heroin stuffed in plastic pipe.”
The smugglers had come well equipped with weapons and were desperate to push drugs into India. The firing lasted for almost three hours. They were really desperate, added IG Mishra.
Meanwhile, in the second incident in Khemkaran area, IG BSF said, “, On intervening night of April 16 and 17, BSF troops deployed in the area of Border Out Post T- Bundh, Khemkaran, observed suspicious movement of four persons on Pakistani side and two persons on Indian side at about 12:20 AM and accordingly troops were alerted. At about 1: 00 AM the Pakistani smugglers entered inside Indian territory and remained hidden in the wheat fields till 2:45 AM and further approached towards Border Security fence with a plastic pipe. Seeing this, the ambush party challenged smugglers but they didn’t pay any heed and started firing on ambush party. Ambush party of the BSF also retaliated in self defence. However, the smugglers managed to escape.”
Later a search was conducted and troops found one plastic pipe approximately 10 feet long. In this pipe their were 32 packets (one kg each) of heroin. There were also found one magazine of the pistol, , 8 rounds of ammunition, one mobile with pakistnai SIM card, IG BSF told.
On a question, IG Mishra said, “Blood stains were alos found across the fence indicating that some Pakistani smuggler was hit by a bullet.”
The BSF IG also stressed that the heavy firing in Amritsar sector clearly indicates that Pakistani Rangers made no attempt to stop the smugglers. We lodged protests in past too and we expect effective measures from the Pakistani Rangers, he added.