BSF to shoot smugglers on border pick-up trips | Amritsar News

AMRITSAR: Adopting a zero-tolerance approach towards cross-border smuggling, the Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to shoot the Indian associates of Pakistan smugglers who come to collect the contraband or arms dropped on the Indian side of the border.
This comes against the backdrop of frequent drone intrusions from Pakistan and airdropping of drugs, arms and ammunition along the 553-km of Indian-Pak international border in Punjab.
A BSF patrol opened fire on two smugglers on a bike past Thursday midnight near Rajoke village in Tarn Taran district. They had come to collect the contraband probably airdropped by Pak drones, said sources.They ran over a BSF inspector who chased them and fled.
BSF IG, Punjab Frontier, Asif Jalal said BSF has decided to adopt stringent measures against smugglers and anti-national elements.
We will fire at smugglers, who will come near the international border area to collect weapons, explosives, narcotics, etc., which are sent to India by Pakistan-based terrorists via drones,” said Jalal. Before this, the Border Security Force (BSF) used to chase smugglers to arrest them but never opened fire on them.
The BSF’s decision came two days after Punjab governor Banwari Lal Purohit expressed concern over drone intrusions from Pakistan and exhorted the force to be extra vigilant about the air-dropping of contraband via drones from across the zero line, and a day after illegal miners hit a BSF vehicle with a sand-laden truck near Dharamkot village in Gurdaspur district.
On the intervening night of September 13 and 14, drones from Pakistan were spotted twice near Rajoke village in Tarn Taran district at around 2.55 am and were fired at. Within minutes of crossborder drone sorties, BSF’s patrolling party spotted the suspicious movement of two motorcycle riders in the area and chased them, but according to sources, one motorcyclist ran over a BSF inspector following which the troopers opened fire upon them but the men on bikes fled.
Sources investigating last night’s intrusion said the Pakistan drone had travelled nearly 4.6 km inside the Indian territory. BSF has captured 7 Pakistan drones in the past and had carried out their forensic analysis which revealed how many times cross-border sorties were made by a particular drone, its point of origin, how long it remained in the Indian territory, how much it traveled in India as well as the point of entry and exit, said sources.

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