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Punjab Police seizes 934 gm heroin, 22 pistols in border area

Punjab Police has seized 934 gm heroin and huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 22 pistols near the India-Pakistan border in Tarn Taran district. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh/Tarn Taran, Oct 20 (MNN) In an intelligence-led operation, Punjab Police on Wednesday seized 934 gm heroin and huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 22 pistols near the India-Pakistan border in Tarn Taran district.

The operation was jointly conducted by Border Security Force and Counterintelligence Wing of Amritsar in Border Outpost Mianwali Hithaar area in Khemkarn Sector, officiating Director General of Police (DGP) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota said.

Police received a tip-off that some Pakistan border operatives had concealed the consignment of firearms and heroin, following which Amritsar Counterintelligence officials went to the spot along with BSF authorities conducted a search operation.

In all, 22 pistols (most .30-bore Star mark) along with 44 magazines and 100 cartridges, besides heroin packed in a kit bag and concealed in a paddy were seized.

During preliminary investigations, it came to light that such modus operandi is mostly used by Pakistan-based smugglers and that this consignment was got delivered in Indian territory and it was supposed to be retrieved by their Indian links.

The DGP said that a case dated October 19 under Sections 511 of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 21, 28, 29 of the NDPS Act, Section 25 of the Arms Act and Section 14 of the Finance Act had been registered at SSOC police station in Amritsar.

Efforts are on to ascertain the identity of Pakistan and Indian smugglers involved, he added.

On June 10, a consignment of foreign-made 48 pistols were seized from Jagjit Singh of Purian Kalan village in Sadar Batala police station jurisdiction. In another operation, Counterintelligence Wing had seized 39 pistols from Barwani in Madhya Pradesh which were to be supplied to antisocial elements in Punjab.

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