Border Security Force (BSF) troops foiled an infiltration attempt along the border with Pakistan and shot dead two armed smugglers near Sriganganagar in Rajasthan on 8 September night, officials said on 9 September.
BSF troopers seized arms and ammunition, drugs and Pakistani currency from the slain intruders who tried to cross the border fence.
“During the intervening night of September 8 and 9, on specific intelligence about narcotics smuggling from Pakistan to India side of the border outpost Khayaliwala in Sriganganagar, alert BSF troops foiled a nefarious attempt by armed smugglers and shot dead two smugglers,” a BSF official said.
On searching the area, the BSF found two pistols, 28 rounds of ammunition, eight packets of narcotics, one night vision device, Rs 13,000 in Pakistani, one national identity card no 31103-7254202-1 in the name of Shahbaz Ali S/o Mustaq Ahmed along with the bodies of the intruders.
The BSF and police have launched a search operation in the area and an FIR has been registered at Gajsinghpur police station.
The shooting comes less than three weeks after the BSF shot dead five intruders, who were trying to cross over to Indian territory from Pakistan, in a village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.
An AK-series rifle and a pistol were recovered from the site where the intruders were killed near Dal village of Bhikhiwind sub-division in the district.
Police sources said ten yellow-coloured packets were allegedly thrown by the suspects. Eight packets were found on the Indian side of the border wiring and two packets on the other side of the fencing but in Indian land below zero line.
The bodies of both the intruders were also spotted near these two packets. Two loaded pistols and two magazines filled with cartridges have also been recovered from them.
The deceased intruders were around 30 years of age. Packets wrapped in yellow plastic sheets are expected to contain 10kg of heroin, which is worth crores of rupees in the international market.
The incident was reported to the local police by the BSF around 3 am today. After which police officers reached the spot.
Sources said that the two Pakistani intruders killed were likely to be heroin smugglers. It is also suspected that some persons might have reached the border to collect the contraband; a joint search operation is being conducted by the BSF and the police in this entire area to nab them.