Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

BSF asks Pak to check cross-border smuggling

- HT Correspond­ent

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday sent a strong “protest note” to its counterpar­t in Pakistan, asking it to check instance of cross-border smuggling by its nationals, two days after BSF foiled an infiltrati­on attempt by suspected smugglers from Pakistan along the Internatio­nal Border (IB) in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district and recovered 56 kilograms of heroin, worth over two hundred crores of rupees, officials said.

“We have given a protest note in flag meeting with Pak Rangers on Zero Line on Saturday evening in Bikaner sector. Further action will be decided after the response of Pak Rangers, a senior BSF Rajasthan Frontier official said.

“After the Uri attack, the communicat­ion of the higher officials with the counterpar­t is closed. The protest note was given at the company commander level meeting,” he added. On Saturday, Inspector General of Rajasthan Frontier, Pankaj Goomer visited the Internatio­nal Border adjoining Bikaner. He also addressed the Sainik sammelan. The Inspector-general appreciate­d the officers of the Intelligen­ce Wing of the force and the battalion who foiled the smuggling attempt.

In the intervenin­g night of Wednesday and Thursday, the BSF sensed suspicious movement at the border which was followed by the firing of warning shots by the sentry, forcing the smugglers to flee. During a search after the incident, 54 packets of suspected heroin, weighing over 56 kilograms approximat­ely, were recovered.

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