Smugglers on the Pakistan border are now using chopped logs of wood to push narcotics across into India.
The Punjab police unearthed the novel method with the arrest of Joginder Singh of Gazal village of Tarn Taran district, who, under the pretext of hewing a tree on his agricultural land close to the international border, received wooden blocks filled with illicit drugs from his Pakistani accomplices.
After Joginder would chop parts of the tree, the Pakistan -based peddlers in the thick of darkness would push in the drug-filled blocks, according to a police spokesman. He allegedly carried the blocks to his house for further supply.
Joginder, whose land across the barbed wire is right next to the international border, is among the three heroin smugglers arrested by the counter-intelligence wing of the Amritsar city police.
The other two men arrested are Joginder's fellow resident from gazal village, Raj Singh, and Angrej Singh, a resident of Rattoke village, also in Tarn Taran. They allegedly managed to smuggle in 50kg heroin, estimated to be worth Rs 250 crores in the international underground market, by hoodwinking the Border Security Force (BSF).