Pak smuggler gunned down, aide held at border; 4 kg heroin seized
The Border Security Force troops gunned down a Pakistani smuggler and nabbed his accomplice when they were entering the Indian territory in the Ramkot border outpost area of the Amritsar sector in the wee hours of Friday, and seized 4kg heroin from them.
A mobile phone and two Pakistani SIM cards were also recovered from them, BSF officials said. The deceased has been identified as Rashid Ali, while arrested one as Sabar Hussain hailing from Thatta Dhilwan village in Lahore district.
“Jawans of the BSF’s 88 battalion, who guard the Ramkot border outpost, noticed some suspicious movement near the border fence at 1.45am.The troops launched a search operation.
At about 2am, they found that the Pakistani smugglers, who had crossed the zero line, were trying to smuggle the contraband and other items into the Indian territory. The troops opened fire at them, resulting in the death of one of the smugglers,” said Mukul Goel, inspector general (IG), BSF (Punjab frontier) talking to mediapersons in Ramkot.
JS Oberoi, deputy inspector general (DIG), BSF, Amritsar sector, said the smugglers wanted to take advantage of the standing wheat crop in fields in the border area. He said tactical operations are being increased to foil such attempts.