The recovery of weapons by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab witnessed an eight-fold spike this time as compared to the corresponding month last year.
According to officials, 32 weapons of different types, including AK-series assault rifles and Berretta pistols, were seized along the border till September 12. Last year, the figure was only 4 till September 30. The BSF personnel seized 12 and 19 weapons along the Punjab border during the entire year in 2019 and 2018.
Also, a spike of more than two-and-a-half times was witnessed in the recoveries of heroin along the international border this year, said BSF. The BSF seized 394-kg heroin along the border till September 12 against 149kg till the corresponding period last year.
“Pakistan is really desperate to push in consignments of weapons for Kashmir and anti-national elements in other parts of the country. Prima facie, it appears the weapons are being smuggled to encourage terror activities in India,” said a senior BSF official.
“Not only the quantity of heroin recovered increased but also the number of incidents of consignment being pushed into the Indian territory went up.