Two Pak smugglers arrested, 29 kg heroin seized in Punjab

Two Pakistani drug smugglers were apprehended along with 29.26 kg drugs after a brief exchange of fire in Ferozepur on Monday.

Chandigarh: In a joint operation conducted by the Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police, two individuals involved in drug smuggling from Pakistan were successfully apprehended. The operation, which unfolded in Ferozepur, included a brief exchange of gunfire.

During the operation, one of the smugglers sustained a gunshot wound and was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. In total, 29.26 kilograms of illegal drugs were seized during the operation.

A senior BSF official stated that during the night between Sunday and Monday, based on specific information, a joint operation was conducted by the BSF and Punjab Police (CI Ferozepur) on the banks of the Sutlej River in Ferozepur.

“During the operation at approximately 2:45 a.m., troops observed the movement of some Pakistani miscreants cum smugglers coming from Pakistan to the Indian side.

“The troops initially issued a challenge to them. In response, upon sensing an imminent threat and to prevent further misadventure, the troops fired upon the smugglers. One smuggler was hit on the hand. Consequently, the troops apprehended two Pakistani smugglers along with 26 packets of narcotics suspected to be Heroin (29.26 Kg). After administering first aid, the injured smuggler was referred to the Civil hospital,” said the BSF official.
It said the operation is still underway.

In a separate post, Director General of Police Guarav Yadav said it was an intelligence-led operation against trans-border drug trafficking networks.

He said the FIR was registered at a police station in Fazilka. Investigations are ongoing to establish backward and forward linkages.

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