Tribune News Service
Amritsar, December 30. As the dense fog continues to engulf the region, the BSF authorities have intensified patrolling along the porous Indo-Pak border. RPS Jaiswal, DIG, BSF, said besides intensifying the patrolling of jawans along the 553-km-long border in Punjab, officers had been directed to visit the border more often. The strength of the jawans at the border had also been increased to cover a wider area, he said.
“We have been using electronic devices besides installing special equipment to check anti-national activities from across the border,” he said.
Round-the-clock vigil has helped the BSF authorities confiscate about 280 kg of heroin worth crores of rupees from the border this year. Besides contraband, the BSF also seized a huge cache of arms and counterfeit currency from smugglers this year.
During this time of the year, Pakistan-based drug smugglers step up their attempts to push contraband and counterfeit currency into the Indian territory to take advantage of decreased visibility due to dense fog.
Earlier, the BSF authorities had to face a lot of problems in curbing the menace in view of the low visibility.
Recently, the BSF authorities have installed special equipment which has helped in checking the problem to some extent. This year, the force has witnessed unprecedented seizure of narcotics besides killing seven Pakistan-based smugglers and one Indian smuggler.