BSF probes pak infiltrators' stay in India with cache

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Ferozepur, Nov 9 (UNI) The Border Security Force has begun a probe into how three Pakistani infiltrators, carrying a cache of arms and other contraband, managed to sneak into and stay in an Indian border village.

Police sources said here today that Punjab Chief NPS Aulakh took up with senior BSF officials the ''serious and dangerous'' security lapse due to which the Pakistani infiltrators managed to travel along the Sutlej riverine terrain in Hussainiwala Border area to reach Khanike village about 5 m from the border.

It was alarming that they not only delivered AK 56 rifles, 11 pistols, large amount of ammunition, Rs 21 lakh in fake Indian currency notes and 25 kg heroin to Khanike village sarpanch Sukhminder Singh on October 31, but also stayed for a day before returning home safely, police sources said.

The BSF has now begun a probe into the reasons of the lapse so that guilty be brought to book and immediate remedial action could be taken to make the region secure, sources said.

Mr Aulakh had disclosed in the press conference yesterday that Khanike Sarpanch Sulkminder, Kuldeep Singh and Gursevak Singh of this district who had been nabbed with the cache had revealed during polce interrogation that the consignment was sent by Pak-based Khalistan Zindabad Force chief Ranjit Singh Neeta to help execute a plan of assassinating Sacha Sauda Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The Punjab police chief however asserted that the state police was alert against such devious plans and no one would be allowed to disrupt peace in the state.

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