Naushera Dhalla (Punjab), Mar 27 (ANI): Border Security Force (BSF) personnel gunned down two Pakistani smugglers and seized fake currency worth 6.5 million rupees, while the duo were attempting to sneak into Punjab's Naushera sector.
A top BSF official said both intruders were shot dead near the Naushera Dhalla village, as they infiltrated into Indian territory.
BSF Inspector General (Frontier) Himmat Singh said: "A movement of some people was noticed at the border fence last night, they were successful in reaching to the fence taking advantage of standing crops and darkness. Two people remained in front while the other two provided them a cover from behind."
"They tried to insert something through pipe. Our personnel challenged them while people who were providing cover to them from behind opened fire," he added.
Singh also said both intruders were backed by a couple of armed persons from across the border.
"Our personnel also opened fire in self-defence in which two people were killed, probably one sustained injuries. Two people have been shot dead while the other two managed to escape. After checking the pipe, fake Indian currency notes of about 65,00000 rupees have been seized," he said.
The incident took place just a day after the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers had held a joint meeting to chalk out plans for curbing smuggling across the international border. (ANI)