12 kg heroin found near Indo-Pak border in Punjab

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Amritsar, Jun 16 (UNI) Security agencies today recovered 12 kg heroin smuggled from Pakistan at two different places close to the Indo-Pakistan border in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts.

According to official reports, eight kg heroin was recovered in the border area under the jurisdiction of Kalanaur police station of Gurdaspur district and the carrier of the drug was taken into custody by the police. The heroin had been smuggled from across the border near Border Outpost (BOP) Dostpur.

The carrier identified as Darshan Singh, a resident of a border village was nabbed after he had retrieved the drug from a field near the zero line. The eight heroin packets had been concealed in Indian territory by a Pakistani smuggler, police sources said.

In the second incident, a joint operation by the Punjab Police and the Border Security Force (BSF) led to the recovery of four kg heroin near Kakkar Border Outpost (BOP) close to the Indo-Pakistan border this morning in Amritsar district.

Amritsar Rural SSP Iqbal Singh stated that the heroin packets, four in number were dug out from a field between the barbed wire fence and the zero line. These had been smuggled from Pakistan and were to be recovered by a drug carrier or carriers active on this side of the border, he said while referring to the 'conceal and retrieve' approach that smugglers adopt for small quantaties of heroin.

The SSP said the operation was conducted on certain inputs gathered by the police. So far no arrests had been made and the matter is being investigated.

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