Heroin, fake currency rain on Indo-Pak border, Pak Rangers look other way

With heroin seizures with total worth of Rs. 1440 crore in international market registering a jump of over four times last year (2012) as compared to heroin seized worth Rs 340 crore in previous year (2011), the psychotropic substance continues to rain on Indo-Pak border as in less than four months alone this year also as Border Security Force (BSF) seizes nearly 144 kilogram of heroin, worth Rs 720 crore.

The BSF had also seized heroin worth Rs 90 crore from Rattoke Khemkaran sector in Ferozepur district on Tuesday and in two days alone heroin worth Rs 350 crore has been seized by the paramilitary force.

Intriguingly, the Pakistani Rangers continue to be oblivious over the issue and are rather suspected to be extending their tacit support for smuggling from across the border.

The value of each kilogram of heroin in international market is Rs 5 crore. In 2012 and in 2011 (From January to December), the BSF in Punjab had seized 288 kilogram and 68 kilogram of heroin, respectively.

On Wednesday, in two separate seizures, BSF deployed along Indo-Pak border seized 52 kilogram of heroin, pegged at Rs. 260 crore in international value.

The BSF personnel of 163 battalion recovered 20 kilogram of heroin from across the fence near Roranwali border outpost in the wee hours today.

What has made the BSF suspect strongly about tacit support of Pak Rangers to the smuggling is the total indifferent attitude of the Rangers despite the fact that smugglers held their ground in Pakistani side for more than two and a half hours and fired a number of shots from AK 47 assault rifles to retrieve the contraband lying near the fence after their movement was detected by BSF and they were challenged.

BSF DIG R P S Jaswal said as many as nine empty shells and two live rounds of AK 47 had been recovered by BSF so far from the spot. Jaswal said the actual number of shots fired by smugglers believed to be two to three in numbers was more and more empty shells could be recovered later on. He said BSF also retaliated by opening fire towards smugglers. The firing, intermittent, started at about 2:40 am and continued till about 5 am. The only thing Pak Rangers did, Jaswal said, was that they turned search lights towards Indian side at about 5 am when last round was fired.

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