Fazilka, April 4
Three members of a family including the 60-year-old man, his wife and son were arrested by the sleuths of the Border Security Force (BSF) when they were smuggling two kg of heroin from across the cobra fencing.
Information gathered by TNS revealed that these three members of the family, whose names were not being disclosed by the BSF authorities to avoid any problem in the investigation of the case, were bringing the two packets, containing one kilogram of heroin each, in the battery of the tractor, which they used for agricultural operations.
Vimal Satyarthi, DIG, BSF, Abohar, when contacted, while confirming the seizure of the narcotics, worth Rs 10 crores in international market, said the accused had emptied the battery of the tractor by draining out its water. After emptying the battery, the accused had inserted two packets of heroin in it to avoid detection by the BSF sleuths.
He said that as the BSF jawans patrolling the area had been alerted apprehending mischief by elements across the Radcliffe line, taking advantage of the considerable height of wheat and other crops, grown in close vicinity of the Indo-Pak border, they carried out intensive checking of the tractor and managed to find out the narcotics.
He said that all the accused were taken into custody near Bhaini Gulaba village, which is located near the international border and fell under the Gorkha Gatti (GG) border observation post (BOP).
The sleuths of the 199 Battalion of the BSF had made this seizure. "Last year, the alert BSF sleuths managed to unveil a modus operandi of the smugglers in which they were trying to smuggle narcotics by creating a special cavity in their bullock cart," pointed out Satyarthi, adding that the BSF jawans had been asked to inensify the checking of people and vehicles, which moved in the area, located close to the international border.
The DIG said the police authorities concerned had been approached to register a criminal case in this connection.
The questioning of these accused was expected to reveal useful information in connection with the new modus operandi, being adopted by the smugglers.