Amritsar: “From the Indian check-post, located in rear Kakkad area, Sakki drain is barely at a distance of 450 metres which always proves to be boon for Pakistan’s smugglers seeking entry into Indian territory. Since there is always flow of water in the drain, the smugglers usually are in the wake of using it as their route in order to intrude in India with narcotics which are meant to be distributed in various parts of the country. In addition to this, on account of flow of water in Ravi river, it is impossible to lay barbed wire in the area that could stop intrusion of smugglers. However, the soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF) make use of boats in the area to keep a vigil at the fence to keep a close watch over the nefarious designs of these smugglers,” stated Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Border Security Force (BSF) J S Oberoi, posted in Amritsar.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Post, Oberoi also asserted that since the wheat crop in the fields of the area too had gone up by three feet, therefore, it also comes as a blessing for the smugglers especially during night. “In order to ensure that farmers of our side, whose fields are just close to the barbed wire, are not being used as a route by these smugglers, the farmers are subjected to thorough search while entering their fields as well as at the time of returning to their abodes in the evening,” added the DIG, while responding to a query whether there was a laxity on part of paramilitary forces in nabbing the smugglers.
It is, however, pertinent to mention here that during just 50 days of the ensuing year, as many as 25 kilogram heroin has so far been seized by the paramilitary forces during their search operations conducted either upon the border or in the area, falling in the vicinity of it. In addition to this, 965 grams opium, five weapons of different makes and size, five magazines and 43 live cartridges too were seized by the personnel of paramilitary forces.
Chief of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Kaustub Sharma, however, claimed that smugglers have now devised a novel way to carry out their activities. According to him, the smugglers make use of a new app, by which they remain in constant touch with their indian counterparts. “Through the service of this app, the new smugglers make relations with the old ones and send the consignments in india. Moreover, the consignments are dispatched in small quantities so that these could not be traced easily,” stated Sharma when asked that why were the activities of smugglers remain unchecked since long.
To substantiate his statement, he also added that even the 7 kg heroin recovered on the evening of last Friday was packed in seven packets, weighing one kilogram each.
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