Abohar, February 8
The Border Security Force (BSF) thwarted an intrusion bid of Pakistan-based smugglers in Sriganganagar sector late on Sunday night.
Official sources said suspected Pakistani smugglers moved close to the wire fence with a consignment of heroin. Seeing the movement across the fence, the smugglers started firing.
As soon as the BSF opened fire in retaliation, the smugglers fled.
A polythene packet of about one kg of heroin was later recovered in a field during a search operation.
Senior BSF officers have reached the site. A search operation is under way.
According to sources, in Dullapur Keri village on the Sriganganagar-Hindumalkot road, an intrusion bid was reportedly made in front of the Madanlal border — outpost of the BSF — when soldiers were patrolling at about 12:15.
Two suspects were noticed crossing the Zero line as they approached the wire fence.
When the soldiers challenged the suspicious persons, the latter ran away. While returning, they fired two rounds which the BSF soldiers promptly responded by firing four rounds.
There was, however, no casualty reported.
A packet covered with yellow tape was found in a field and it carried about one kg of material, suspected to be heroin valued at Rs 5 crore in the international market.
As of now, no footprints of the suspected persons were spotted on the Indian side. Combing operation to find whether any stranger with vehicles had visited the village in the past two to three days was going on, official sources said.
Area near Hindumalkot have been noticing activities of drug smugglers from Punjab, most of them from Tarn Taran, in the past few years.