SOURCE: Tribune News Service

A fortnight after two Pakistani intruders were gunned down by the Border Security Force close to Rajatal border outpost, the Amritsar rural police have arrested an alleged drug peddler and nominated four others in the case.

According to the police they were to retrieve the drugs and weapons consignment being smuggled by the Pakistani intruders.

A senior police official while preferring anonymity has confirmed the development. The arrested accused was identified as Jobanpreet Singh, alias Luckey of Ladeh village, falling under the Rajasansi police station here.

“He was held following technical input and human intelligence that they were in the area for allegedly retrieving the drugs and weapons consignment,” he said. Among others who were booked in the case included Jaskaran Singh, alias Billa, and Gopi of Dauke, Sukhbir Singh, alias Sukha alias Jagroop, and Chamkaur Singh, both residents of Bhuse village located near Indo-Pak border. Raids were on to nab the accused.

Two armed intruders from Pakistan were shot dead by the troops of 71 Battalion of BSF close to Rajatal border outpost (BoP) near Amritsar during the wee hours on December 17.

The BSF had foiled two attempts of heroin and weapon smuggling from across the border. It confiscated one AK 56 rifle, two magazines and 61 live rounds, one magnum rifle, one magazine with 29 rounds, one pistol with two magazines, two PVC pipes, and Rs 30 in Pakistani currency were recovered from slain intruders.

At the same time it thwarted drug smuggling attempt around a km ahead from the spot where these intruders were shot dead. The jawans observed something being thrown on this side of barbed fence. Later, it had recovered three packets weighing around 3-kg heroin.