The toss of a stone brings contraband into the country. Drugs, arms, and fake currency brought from Pakistan and Dubai were seized here on Wednesday.
The two men caught in this regard also smuggled heroin worth Rs 90 crore from across the border in the past 10 days, the counter-intelligence police have said. It has emerged that Indian and Pakistani smugglers throw stones over the fence as a signal to each other.
Suspects Jora Singh and Bhagwan Singh of Ferozepur district bought heroin from Pakistan on August 18 and ran away from border when challenged during smuggling, the police have added. The Border Security Force (BSF) then found 7-kg heroin and Rs 5.73 lakh in fake currency dumped on the spot.
"During interrogation, the suspects revealed smuggling 11 packets of heroin on August 12 from Pakistan, which is all distributed," inspector general Jatindra Jain of the counter-intelligence police said. "At the appointed hour on the night of August 18, the suspects threw a stone at other side of the border at Bareke village, and in came the packets of heroin, fake currency, and Chinese pistol and magazines from Pakistan."
Some of the drug packets were caught in the fence, setting off an alarm. The suspects picked up the pistol and magazines and tried to flee. "The BSF and police seized five cartridges, a motorcycle, and Rs 2.15 lakh cash from suspect Jora Singh," said the IG, "and a Chinese pistol and 15 cartridges from Bhagwan Singh."
IG Jain cited the continuing arrests in similar operations. "On August 21, we arrested Raj Kumar Raju of Bathnda and seized 500-gram smack worth Rs 7 lakh from him. Co-suspect Rohit Sharma is on the run."
The counter-intelligence police at Barnala claimed to have arrested suspects Paramjit Pamma and Gurjant Singh with 120-kg poppy husk and 250-gm opium, respectively, before.