Close on the heels of seizure of a bag containing 10-kg heroin and fake currency from the train that arrived from Pakistan, Customs officials on Saturday seized around 5-kg heroin from a consignment of cement bound for India on the same train.
Acting on a tip-off, the vigilant Indian customs officials seized the drug, valued at about Rs 25 crore in the international market. The heroin was found from bogey number 72214, which had about 488 bags of one Lucky brand cement. However, one bag was different, that of Pioneer brand, leading to the suspicion.
Deputy commissioner, customs, Vijay Bahadur said, “The Pakistani train carrying cement reached Amritsar this morning. As there was some intelligence input, a check was conducted and the bag of heroin was found concealed in a cement bag.
"India has been importing cement from Pakistan for many years now, but this is the first time that heroin has been found. Investigations are on and we are verifying details of the sender and receiver. Vigil has been increased.”
Inspector Ashok Choudhary said inputs in this regard were coming in for some days. A couple of years back, heroin was smuggled in a case carrying pomegranates.