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Terror groups’ involvement suspected in heroin smuggling through Indo-Pak border in Bikaner

June 4, 2021, 9:50 pm

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Jaipur: A day after the BSF seized over 56 kg heroin worth Rs 283 crore from the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, it is suspected that some Pak-based terror organizations can be behind this smuggling attempt. The smuggler had used pipes to push the narcotics consignment to the Indian side. This is believed to be the biggest ever seizure of heroin in the border area.

According to preliminary investigation, the consignment was to be smuggled to Punjab via Sriganganar. The seizure was made in Bandhali chowki area of BSF. The smugglers packed the narcotics in pieces of clothes and then pushed them into Indian territory through pipes. The BSF jawans spotted two smugglers on the Indian side trying to collect the consignment. The smugglers opened fire on jawans who retaliated, but the smugglers took advantage of dust storm and escaped. Two men were later rounded up, but it was yet to be confirmed if they were the same smugglers.

A senior BSF officer said that the BSF intelligence branch had been gathering inputs on smuggling attempts for the past two months. They already had a tip-off about the smuggling attempt following which the border patrolling was stepped up.

First published: June 4, 2021