CHANDIGARH: Two Pakistani smugglers were killed while another injured in a firing between them and the Border Security Force as they tried to smuggle drugs and weapons along the border in Fazilka district of Punjab.
The injured man was apprehended by the BSF. Around 15 kg of heroin and some arms and ammunition were seized from the smugglers.
After detecting some suspicious movements along the International Border under Sohana border post, BSF personnel challenged them. When the smugglers opened fire on them, the BSF personnel retaliated. In the ensuing firing, two Pakistani nationals were killed.
Their two Indian accomplices were also arrested.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Fazilka, Narinder Bhargaw told Express, “We had got information that smugglers from across the border would be crossing into India with arms and narcotics. The information was shared with the BSF. In the joint operation, two Pakistani smugglers, identified as Soka and Bhapa, were shot dead and one Ramzan was injured. Two Indian smugglers, Gurdeep Singh and Baljinder Singh, were also arrested.”
One automatic rifle (12 bore gun with magazine) made in Pakistan, two mousers along with ammunition, mobile phones with Pakistani SIM cards were also recovered from them.
“They tried to get the consignment into Indian territory through a plastic pipe from the Pakistani side,’’ he said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police of BSF Abohar Eepan said, “The bodies have been recovered and a search was launched in the area. The injured smuggler was admitted to the Fazilka civil hospital and later referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital. He is out of danger now.”