Increase in infiltration attempts and drug trafficking after Punjab poll announced

By Amresh Srivastava

New Delhi, January 24 (IANS): Shortly after the announcement of assembly polls in five states including Punjab, there was a substantial increase in attempts to infiltrate and attempt to smuggle arms, ammunition and narcotics across borders west and north. The Border Security Force (BSF) has increased its vigilance at the border.

According to Sector West BSF officials, attempts to send narcotics to Punjab through the western border increased and on January 20, the force recovered around 7,250 kg of heroin in seven packets at the international border in the sector. of Amritsar while a Pakistani infiltrator was killed. by alert soldiers on January 15.

BSF sources said IGs in Amritsar, Firozpur, Jammu and Kashmir sectors have been tasked to intensify patrols and increase human intelligence network in border areas of Punjab and other sectors . Night patrols at the international border have been intensified despite intense cold and dense fog and the number of troops has been increased for better surveillance of the border fence.

Infiltration attempts and attempted smuggling of narcotics have increased and they were expected as Pakistan sponsored terrorist groups believe this is the right opportunity to derail the elections in Punjab. These activities started in November-December last year, BSF officials from Firozpur and Amritsar sectors said.

On January 18, 2022, the force shot down a Chinese-made drone sent from Pakistan in the Amritsar area. Also on January 11, security agents recovered 19.37 kg of opium, a pistol, 8 cartridges, a magazine and 1.20 kg of heroin in the Firozpur sector in Punjab.

These shipments were thrown through the border fence on the Indian side near the international border in the state.

The BSF had also recovered three AK-47 rifles, five kg of heroin, four pistols, five AK-47 magazines, two pistol magazines and 14 rounds of AK-47 ammunition on January 3, while on December 26, the Force recovered 34.34. kg of heroin in the Firozpur area near the international border.

The BSF had shot down a drone in the RS Pura sector in Jammu which entered from the Pakistani side on December 17 and also neutralized a Pakistani intruder in the same sector on December 13 last year.

About 104 to 135 militants are ready to sneak into the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC), Raja Babu Singh, Inspector General (IG) of BSF Kashmir Sector, said on Monday.

Seeing the Punjab election as a good opportunity to reactivate the Khalistani movement in the state and also in other polling related states where Sikh voters are in the majority, the ISI has activated all small and large terrorist groups that have charged with derailing the electoral process. in the state, the security agency sources said.

The BSF is fully capable of securing our western and northern borders and will thwart all attempts at infiltration, narcotics trafficking and cross-border terrorism, a senior BSF officer said Monday.

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