BSF seizes 13-kg heroin on Indo-Pak border in Amritsar

According to officials, the Pak smugglers pushed the contraband from across the fence at two places taking advantage of morning fog.

punjab Updated: Dec 25, 2017 21:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Heroin,Indo-Pak border,Punjab news
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel showing the 13kg seized heroin on the Indo-Pak border in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday claimed to have recovered 13.26kg heroin from the border outposts (BOPs) of Daoke and Bharopal on the India-Pakistan border in Amritsar district.

The contraband was contained in 13 packets, the BSF said. BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) JS Oberoi said taking advantage of dense fog on Monday morning, some people threw the contraband from the Pakistan side to Indian farmland.

Addressing a press conference at the BSF camp, the DIG said, “At around 9am, troops at the Daoke border outpost observed some Pakistan smugglers across the fence. During search, we recovered 12.77kg heroin in 12 packets.”

“In the second incident, the BSF troops noticed some suspicious movement across the fence at the Bharopal BOP at about 10 am. The troops challenged the Pakistani smugglers who postured aggressively. The troops fired on them but they managed to escape taking advantage of heavy fog.”

He said after the firing, the BSF team during a search operation recovered 560-gm heroin (1 packet).

BSF on alert: DIG

The DIG said since fog decreases the capability of equipment on the border, manpower has been increased.

“We have intelligence reports that some anti-national elements may increase activities in Punjab and the BSF is on an alert and has already increased vigil on the Punjab border with Pakistan,” he said.

“Due to foggy weather, we have got operational guidelines for strengthening the border patrol,” he said.

A border farmer on radar

The DIG said 12 packets of contraband were seized from the land of a farmer, Hari Singh, from across the fencing line.

A first information report (FIR) will be lodged in his name and the Punjab police will investigate the matter to confirm whether the farmer is involved in such activities.”

“We have information that someone from Hari Singh’s family is involved in heroin smuggling but the police will investigate the matter.”

First Published: Dec 25, 2017 17:19 IST