The Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Pakistani intruders and recovered nine packets of heroin after an encounter near the Bharopal border outpost in the Amritsar sector in the wee hours of Sunday.
BSF deputy inspector general (DIG, Amritsar sector) Sumer Singh told the media that based on intelligence inputs, BSF jawans were put on high alert along the border. The troops detected some suspicious movement along the barbed wire fencing at the border outpost and noticed two persons crossing the international border. The intruders ignored the BSF warning and opened fire after throwing heroin packets over the fence. The BSF jawans retaliated and shot dead one of the intruders and injured the other.
The DIG said the injured intruder managed to return to the Pakistan side where he died. He said blood trails of the second intruder could be seen from the Indian side of the fence and his body was taken away by Pakistani Rangers.
Later, the BSF launched a search operation during which the body of one intruder was found along with nine packets of heroin weighing one kilogram each. The street value of the contraband is estimated to be Rs 45 crore, a BSF official said.