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August 23, 2020

5 Infiltrators Shot Dead By BSF Along The Border With Pakistan In Punjab

Five infiltrators were shot dead by the Border Security Force in an encounter along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab early this morning.

The infiltrators were trying to enter the Indian side through the Khemkaran border area in Tarn Taran district when they were spotted by the BSF patrol team, officials said.

“Upon being challenged to stop, the intruders fired upon the troops who retaliated in self defence. Five intruders were killed in the gunfight,” they added.

“Alert troops of 103 Bn #BSF noticed suspicious movement of intruders violating IB. Upon being challenged to stop, intruders fired upon #BSF troops who retaliated in self defence. Resultantly, 05 intruders were shot. Intensive search ops is underway,” the border guarding force said in a tweet.

BSF troops had first noticed suspicious activity at the border around midnight, following which they launched a “focussed” surveillance on the intruders and set up multiple ambushes along the front. The “contact was established” around 4:45 am, just behind the IB fence, news agency PTI reported quoting a BSF official.

The intruders were carrying rifles and were taking the aid of the “sarkanda” or tall grass to sneak into India, they said.

“1 AK-47 rifle with two Magazines and 27 live rounds and four pistols (9 mm berretta) with seven Magazines and 109 rounds were recovered from the intruders,” the BSF tweeted giving details of the search operation.

Apart from the weapons, the intruders were also found to be carrying  9.920 kg of contraband suspected to be heroin. Pakistani currency was also found from their possession, it said.

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