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10 kg heroin rerovered in Punjab after gunfight

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Chandigarh: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 10 kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab after an exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers, a BSF spokesman said on Tuesday.

The heroin was recovered near border outpost (BoP) Muthianwala in the Ferozepur sector.

Based on specific information about smuggling of narcotics through international border, special ambush were laid by BSF troopers in the area and on observing suspicious movement of some miscreants ahead of the border security fence, the troopers challenged them.

“But the Pakistani smugglers did not pay any heed to the challenge and opened fire on BSF troopers. The BSF fired back in self-defence,” the spokesman said.

“However, the smugglers managed to escape taking cover of standing paddy crops and darkness. During search of the area, 10 packets (about 10 kg) of contraband, two magazines of an AK-47 rifle and one PVC pipe (approx 12 feet long) were recovered,” he added.

The heroin is valued at Rs 50 crore in the international market.

The total seizure of heroin this year by the BSF along the Punjab border is over 291 kg.The seizure of heroin in the entire last year (2014) was 361 kg in the Punjab sector, which was the highest ever.

(IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: www.defence.pk)

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Sri Lanka May Soon Introduce a GPS Tracking System to Foil Human, Drug Smuggling Via Sea

Sri Lanka to introduce GPS system to foil human, drug smuggling via sea

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The Sri Lankan Fisheries Ministry will soon introduce a GPS tracking system and a special identity card for all fishermen across the island country to prevent human and drug smuggling via the sea, a government official has said.

Fisheries Director General Prasanna Geeganage said on Monday that drug trafficking, smuggling of illegal migrants and other illegal activities were being carried out under the guise of fishing and steps would soon be taken to tackle this issue, Xinhua news agency reported.

Following the introduction of the GPS tracking system and the identity card, all fishermen who set out to sea will be required to prove their identity by scanning their fingerprints.

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The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen. Pixabay

The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen, Geeganage said.

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The Sri Lankan government recently said the island country had become a transit point for major drug cartels as a consequence of the prolonged illicit activities of the Tamil Tiger rebels who were defeated by government troops in 2009 following a 30-year civil conflict. (IANS)