22 drones downed, 317kg heroin recovered along Punjab border in 2022: BSF
The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down 22 drones along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab and recovered 317 kilograms of heroin in 2022, a spokesperson said on Saturday.
As per officials, most of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were detected and captured by the BSF men deployed at the border.
Smuggling of drugs, arms, ammunition and explosives via drones had started coming into notice in 2019. Though only one drone was shot down by the BSF in Punjab in 2021, the number saw multifold jump by the end of 2022.
“In 2022, BSF men in the Punjab Frontier maintained extremely high level of alertness and vigil as a result of which, 22 drones were brought down, 316.988kg heroin was seized, 67 weapons along with 850 rounds were recovered, two Pakistani intruders were killed and 23 Pakistan nationals apprehended in separate cases. Displaying humanitarian approach, we had also repatriated nine Pakistani nationals, who had inadvertently crossed the border,” the BSF spokesperson…