Foiling yet another bid to smuggle contraband from across the border, vigilant Indian customs officials on Wednesday seized 10-kg heroin worth Rs 50 crore in the international market from a Pakistani goods train that arrived here.
The contraband was found hidden in a wagon loaded with cement imported from Pakistan.
Addressing mediapersons here, deputy commissioner of customs, Vijay Bahadur Singh, said, "After a Pakistani goods train reached the rail cargo terminal in Amritsar, customs staff checked it thoroughly and found a black bag hidden between cement bags." The officials later found the heroin in the bag, he added.
Singh said that they were in the process of finding out for whom this consignment was meant.
In the recent past also, heroin has been seized from freight trains that cross over into India from Pakistan.
Seizures since Oct 2012
April 17, 2013: BSF seized 52-kg heroin (20 kg from Amritsar sector and 32 kg from Khemkaran)
April 16: BSF seized 18 kg from area near Khemkaran in Tarn Taran district
January 22: BSF seized 10-kg heroin from Amritsar sector
October 8, 2012: Customs seized 105-kg heroin and 500 bullets from Pakistani train