Amritsar: As the incidents of smuggling along India and Pakistan border have witnessed an increase, the excise custom department has decided to bring two dogs to check the rising number of such cases.

Both the dogs will be kept at a fully air-conditioned room in Custom Colony at Lawrence Road in Amritsar. They have been given personal security -- two trainer and four staff members have been appointed to look after them. Besides, they will be getting a sum of Rs 50,000 each as salary (per month). Two doctors have been also appointed to for them.

These dogs will be brought to Amritsar from Gwalior on Sunday. They are breed of German shepherd aged between 3 to 5 years. Both the dogs have got training at BSF training centre in Tekanpur near Gwalior.

According to reports, the incidents of smuggling between the two neighbouring countries have witnessed an increase in the first four months of 2013 as compared to the corresponding period of last year. This year, Rangers personnel have arrested 14 smugglers so far. Statistics show that only one smuggler was arrested in the same period of 2012.

Deputy Commissioner of excise department, VB Singh said, “One of them will be kept at Atari border, Atari railway station and check post whereas another will be given duty at Amritsar rail cargo and Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport.”


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