GURUDASPUR: The Border Security Force (BSF) today thwarted Pakistani smugglers' attempt to smuggle arms and ammunition into India close to Border Outpost at Metla in Gurdaspur district along the International Border.
At around 5.35 AM troops heard some sound in the field and saw two to three Pakistani smugglers crawling towards the border fence, BSF Commandant Rajpal Singh said.
BSF personnel challenged the smugglers, who opened fire.
The troops retaliated but the smugglers managed to escape under the cover of wheat crops and dense fog, he said.
One pistol, a magazine, four live cartridges, a mobile handset, two Pakistani SIM cards and a plastic pipe was recovered from the spot, Singh said.
In view of heightened activities of smugglers along the border, Anil Paliwal Inspector General, BSF Punjab Frontier, has issued operational guidelines to further strengthen vigil along the border, he said.