“Troops recovered nine packets containing over 9 kg of heroin, along with an AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 27 rounds, four 9 mm Berretta pistols with seven magazines and 109 live rounds, two mobile phones and Rs 610 in Pakistani currency,” a BSF spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said after suspicious activity was noticed near the border fence, the force personnel “cordoned the area and challenged the intruders to stop and surrender”.
“The Pakistani armed intruders did not pay any heed to the challenge and opened fire on the BSF troops,” the official said.
An AK-47 rifle, 4 pistols, magazines, over 9.5 kgs of heroin & 2 android phones have been recovered from the posses… https://t.co/kzNYgawGv7
— ANI (@ANI) 1598091752000
“Hence, to stop their further misadventure and in self-defence, the BSF troops retaliated with fire due to which the five Pakistani armed intruders succumbed to bullet injuries,” he said.
This is the highest number of intruders killed in a single incident along the over 3,300 km-long border with Pakistan in more than a decade, officials said.
Punjab shares a 553-km-long frontier with Pakistan, apart from Jammu, Rajasthan and Gujarat, who together constitute the remaining part of the International Border.
A senior BSF official said the exchange of fire began around 4.45am near the Dal border post which is close to Bhikhiwind town of the district and is guarded by the 103rd battalion of the Border Security Force under the Ferozepur sector.
BSF troops, officials said, first noticed suspicious activity at the border around midnight and launched a “focussed” surveillance and set up multiple ambushes after which the “contact was established” early morning, just behind the IB fence.
The intruders were seen carrying rifles and were taking the aid of ‘sarkanda’ or tall grass to sneak into India, they said.
A photo collage released by the BSF showed two bodies piled on each other while the three others lying separately in the slushy green tall grass. Some weapons and a backpack was also visible in the photographs and the intrudes were wearing T-shirts or shirts and full pants.
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