Five armed intruders, who tried to infiltrate into Punjab from Pakistan, were shot dead by Border Security Force personnel in Tarn Taran in an overnight operation that started late on Friday night and lasted for almost 10 hours.
A patrolling party of the BSF’s 103 Battalion observed suspicious movement near the border ahead of the security fence in Amarkot area of Tarn Taran district late on Friday night. The troops cordoned off the area and challenged the intruders to stop and surrender. However, the intruders continued to move towards the border fence and also opened fire at the BSF team intermittently, BSF inspector-general (IG), Punjab Frontier, Mahipal Yadav said.
In retaliatory fire, the BSF personnel killed the five intruders. “The last bullet was shot at 5.30 am following which a search operation was launched,” said Yadav. During the search operation, five bodies were recovered along with around 10 kg heroin, one AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 27 live rounds, four Beretta 9mm pistols with seven magazines and 109 live rounds, two mobile phones and 610 Pakistani rupees in cash, he added.
The Punjab border with Pakistan is the most vulnerable to drug smuggling as the BSF has seized almost 360 kg of heroin this year till August 22.
Sources revealed that BSF would hold a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers to hand over a protest note over the infiltration bid. The BSF has shot dead a total of 15 Pakistani nationals at the border in Punjab this year.