Bathinda: Two Pakistani smugglers were killed and another was injured in a firefight with the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday while attempting to smuggle heroin across the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Fazilka district. Their two Indian accomplices were also caught with 15 kg of suspected heroin besides arms and ammunition. The operation on Indian side was also having the active involvement of Fazilka Police. Officials said the incident took place around 2 am after BSF personnel detected some ‘suspicious movement’ along the International Border in the area under Sowana border post in Abohar sector and challenged the intruders.
Fazilka SSP Narendra Bhargava claimed that the operation was launched on the top off provided by them to the BSF. “While the two Pakistani nationals have been killed, another has been injured and apprehended by the BSF. About 15 packets of narcotic, suspected to be heroin, was seized from them, besides some arms and ammunition. This seems to be a case of cross-border drug smuggling,” said BSF IG Anil Paliwal. The arrested smuggler was admitted to the Fazilka civil hospital, and later referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital at Faridkot. He is out of danger, informed BSF officials.
The BSF officials also informed that the bodies were recovered and a deep search was launched in the area. The two Indian smugglers arrested in the operation have been identified as Gurdeep Singh of village Thatha in district Tarn Taran and Baljinder Singh alias Bind of Narla village in district Tarn Taran. The BSF officials informed that the operation was quite thunderous as the jawans fired nearly 400 bullets, including 165 rounds of 5.56 mm, 168 rounds of 7.62 mm and 60 rounds of 9 mm pistols.
Once the operation was over, the BSF and Punjab Police jawans recovered two pistols make 7.62 mm and Zestoric MQ caliber 30 special modified, with four magazines and 41 bullets. One .12 bore single barrel gun with one magazine and 26 rounds (made in Pakistan) and one Nokia mobile phone with two Pak sim were recovered from injured Pakistani smuggler.
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