Two Pakistani were shot dead by Indian BSF personnel in the early hours of Sunday as they intruded into Indian territory.
The BSF said they were trying to smuggle in heroin worth Rs 600 million into India, a day after 24-kg of the contraband was seized following a similar operation near the border.
Confirming the killing of two Pakistanis at border outpost Rattan Khurd, Border Security Force (BSF) DIG RPS Jaswal said that an AK-47 assault rifle, too, was recovered from the intruders along with 12-kg of heroin.
Jaswal said that the duo were challenged by BSF personnel and were repeatedly asked to surrender, but they ignored the warnings and kept marching towards Indian territory while firing at the troops. That invited retaliation from the jawans and, during the exchange, the intruders were shot dead, he said.
Thereafter, after undertaking a comprehensive search at the spot, BSF recovered the drugs and the weapon from near the bodies of the two intruders, who are yet to be identified. BSF said it may investigate who the Indian contacts were for whom the intruders had brought the drug consignment and the rifle.
A Pakistani smuggler carrying 24-kg heroin was yesterday shot dead by BSF troops near Ajnala village on the Indo- Pakistan border in Amritsar.