Amritsar: Over 20 kg heroin with a street value of around Rs 100 crore, which was smuggled in by Pakistani nationals, was today seized by BSF along the Indo-Pak border here. However, the Pakistani smugglers managed to escape. The smugglers hurled packets of the drug across the border fence into Indian territory under the Narli border post in Bhikiwind in the wee hours of Wednesday. When they were challenged by the Border Security Force troops, the smugglers opened fire at them, which was retaliated, officials said.
BSF IG, Punjab Frontier, Anil Paliwal, said an Italian gun and three bullets were recovered during the search operation launched in the morning. “Around 3.30 am, a suspicious movement was noticed near the border under the Narlie BoP. The night patrol party saw some Pakistani smugglers throw a few packets on to the Indian side. When the BSF squad challenged them, they opened fire and the BSF retaliated.
However, the smugglers managed to flee back to Pakistani side under the cover of darkness and thick vegetation. But, the BSF troops thwarted their attempt to smuggle contraband into India,” he said.