The Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down five Pakistani intruders who were trying to sneak into the Indian side along the India-Pakistan International Border. BSF officials said the incident took place Saturday morning in the Taran Taran district of Punjab.
BSF Punjab tweeted that it has recovered 1 AK 47 rifle with two magazines, and four pistols and seven magazines. It also informed that 9.92 kg of heroin was also found from their possession. This apart, two mobile phones and 610 rupees in Pakistani currency were also recovered from the spot.
During search following weapon and contrabands recovered from the spot-
– 01 AK 47 rifle with 02 magzines and 27 live rds,
– 04 pistols (9 mm beretta) with 07 magazines and 109 live rds,
– 09 pkts (appx 9.920 kg) of #heroin.
– 02 mobile phones
– Pak Currency 610 rupees. pic.twitter.com/gaq6Wp4ivp
— BSF PUNJAB (@BSF_Punjab) August 22, 2020
Highest number of intruders killed in a single incident
It is the highest number of intruders killed in a single incident along the over 3,300 km-long border with Pakistan in more than a decade, officials said.
Punjab shares a 553-km-long frontier with Pakistan, whereas Jammu, Rajasthan and Gujarat together constitute the remaining part of the International Border.
Intruders opened fire on BSF troops
A senior officer said “alert troops of the 103rd battalion noticed suspicious movement of intruders violating the IB” in the Taran Taran district of Punjab.
When asked to stop, the intruders fired on BSF troops, who retaliated in self-defense. As a result, the five intruders were shot dead, he said.
Suspicious activity detected around midnight
Another BSF official said the incident happened around 4:45 am near the ‘dal’ border post. It is close to the Bhikhiwind town of the district.
BSF troops, officials said, first noticed suspicious activity at the border around midnight. It then launched a “focussed” surveillance on the intruders and set up multiple ambushes along the front after which the “contact was established” early morning, just behind the IB fence.
Intruders were carrying rifles
The intruders were seen carrying rifles and were taking the aid of the ‘sarkanda’ or tall grass to sneak into India, they said.
A photo collage released by the BSF showed two bodies piled on each other. The three others were lying separately in the slushy green tall grass. In fact, some weapons and backpacks were visible in the photographs and the intruders were wearing T-shirts or shirts and full pants.
The second BSF official said one AK-47 rifle and four pistols have been found.
An intensive search is underway to find other possible weapons carried by the infiltrators.
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