Ferozpur: In a joint operation, the Border Security Force (BSF) along with the Punjab police arrested three alleged smugglers near Indo-Pak international border and recovered 5 kilogram of heroin valued at around Rs 25 crore in the international market.

The smugglers are found to be Indian nationals and four Pakistani SIM cards have also been allegedly recovered from them.

BSF DIG Rajesh Gupta and district SSP Harpal Singh told on Sunday that they received information thorugh sources that drugs will be smuggled from Indo-Pakistan border near the BSF Kasoke Chowki. Acting on the tip-off, 15 BSF jawans were deployed near the border. On Saturday night around 11:00 pm two smugglers started throwing heroin from the Pakistani side, but when the BSF jawans started firing, the smugglers managed to escape. Meanwhile, the three Indian smugglers were apprehended near village Tendi Wala while they were returning after collecting the drugs.

The three smugglers are found to be belonging to nearby villages.

Earlier on March 19, the BSF had recovered 22 kilogram heroin and killed 3 Pakistani smugglers and then on March 26, 14 kilogram heroin was recovered from Indo-Pak international border.