Pakistan’s narco-terror operation received a major jolt when BSF today morning seized 62 kgs of heroine, arms and ammunition along the international border (IB) in R S Pura sector.
Giving details, BSF Inspector General, Jammu Frontier, N S Jamwal told Times Now that on the intervening night of September 19 and 20, alert border troopers of 42 battalion, observed some suspicious movement along IB on the Pakistani side.
On being challenged by BSF, anti-national elements opened fire. The BSF troops immediately retaliated in self-defence.
“However taking advantage of darkness and thick foliage, they managed to flee back to Pakistani side,” said IG BSF.
With the first break of light, today morning as earch operation was launched by BSF in the area falling in the vicinity of Budhwar border outpost (BOP). During the ensuing search operation, 62 packets of heroine, two Chinese pistols, four magazines and 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition were recovered near IB on the Indian side.
Earlier a similar technique was used in Punjab to smuggle narcotics and other contraband items. Now failing to push drugs from.Punjab, Pakistan is trying to explore and exploit other routes along Indo-Pak border in Jammu region.
Innovative modus operandi to push drugs
To checkmate border troopers deployed along IB, Pakistan is using an innovative way to push drugs into the Indian territory. This time drug syndicate with the connivance of Pakistani Army and Rangers used PVC water pipe – intersecting the fence – near Budhwar BOP to smuggle heroine and arms.
Packets of heroine were inserted from one side of pipe and person sitting on the other side of the fence was assigned the task to pull those packets from.opening on his side. This way they would have smuggled drugs without crossing IB. However, vigilant BSF personnel foiled their nefarious design.
Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered 62 kgs of heroin being smuggled into India through a water pipe intersecting the fence near Budhwar Post in R S Pura sector. Earlier, a similar technique was used by Pakistan’s spy agency inter-service intelligence (ISI) to smuggle drugs through IB in Punjab.
BSF to lodge protest
To nail Pakistan and its nefarious design, BSF is going to lodge a strong protest. IG BSF N S Jamwal blamed Pakistan Army and Pakistani Rangers of facilitating the smuggling of drugs into J&K.
“Without their connivance, it is not possible for anyone to come close to the fence,” questioned the chief of Jammu BSF Frontier.
Why cross-border narco-terrorism is a big threat?
Mounting intelligence evidence on the ground is enough to nail Pakistan’s sinister plot to smuggle heroine and other drugs to finance terror in Jammu and Kashmir.
In the second week of July, sleuths of National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested bank manager, Afaq Ahmad Wani from Handwara in a case related to the seizure of 28 kgs of heroine and cash from a member of a drug syndicate operating in North Kashmir.
In most of the cases, it has been found that opium is routed through Afghanistan and then processed by criminal syndicates based in Faisalabad and Lahore before being dispatched to different areas along LOC and IB. And from there, with the help of Pakistan’s security agencies, several consignments are smuggled into the Indian side.
“Drug money is then used to finance terror in J&K and other parts of India,” said Manish Sinha, IG crime. Besides this, drugs are also pumped with an aim to target a younger generation of J&K.
“Youth is like the backbone for the country. By making them addict, Pakistan wants to break that backbone and use them as cannon fodder for terror-related activities,” said IG Sinha, expressing concern.