5 Pak intruders shot along IB in Tarn Taran - ECAS Punjab

5 Pak intruders shot along IB in Tarn Taran

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Amritsar/New Delhi, Aug 22

In one of the biggest anti-infiltration drives in recent times, Border Security Force jawans gunned down five Pakistan intruders trying to smuggle in contraband from across the International Border (IB) in Tarn Taran early this morning.

Around 9-kg heroin, valued at Rs 45 crore in international market, an AK-47 rifle with 27 rounds, four 9 mm Beretta pistols, seven magazines and 109 live rounds were recovered from the scene. Two mobiles and Rs 610 in Pakistan currency were also confiscated.

This is the first time in a decade that five intruders have been killed in a single operation along the 3,300-km IB — of which Punjab shares 553-km frontier — with Pakistan.

BSF IG (Punjab Frontier) Mahipal Yadav said jawans of 103 Battalion noticed suspicious movement near Dal border outpost around 12.30 am. As the men approached the barbed fencing and tried to smuggle in the contraband, the jawans challenged them to surrender but they opened fire, prompting retaliatory fire.

A BSF official said the exchange of fire began around 4.45 am and continued till 5.30 am. On search, the forces found five bodies, besides heroin and arms. — TNS

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