Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
BSF foils infiltration attempt, seizes heroin worth ₹270cr
The Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration attempt by suspected smugglers from Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Bikaner district on Thursday and recovered 56 kg heroin worth ₹270 crores, a top BSF officer said.
Rajasthan shares a 1,037km long border with Pakistan.
In the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, BSF sensed suspicious movement at the border, which was followed by firing of warning shots by the sentry, forcing the smugglers to flee. During a search after the incident, 54 packets of heroin weighing over 56 kg were recovered.
The 127 Battalion of BSF guards the Bondli border outpost falling under Khajuwala police station.
BSF inspector general (IG), attempts to push drugs and arms by nefarious elements from across the border.”
Goomer said the value of the seized drug is likely to be around ₹270 crore in the international market.
A case has been registered against unknown smugglers. The director general (DG) of BSF, Rakesh Asthana congratulated the jawans and announced a reward of ₹5 lakh to the vigilant troops for the “biggest” seizure of contraband at the Rajasthan frontier, said the DIG (deputy inspector general) of BSF’S, Bikaner sector, Yashwant Rathor.
Smugglers’ common modus operandi is to hurl packets of drugs across the border, which are picked up by their local associates and passed on to couriers, who take it to distributors in different cities, a BSF intelligence officer said, seeking anonymity.
Near zero visibility on the Indo-pak border, caused by rains and heavy sand storms, have led to a spurt in attempts to push drugs and arms by nefarious elements from across the border