The agriculture land measuring nearly 30,000 acres along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab is being misused to smuggle narcotics.
The seizure of five kilogram heroin from a Muhawa,Attari, Amritsar has exposed how the villagers in the name of tilling their land near the border are helping the Indian and Pakistani drug smugglers to receive consignments.
Three farmers of Muhawa village identified as Babban Raj Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Hardev Singh who own agriculture land near the zero line helped Pakistan smugglers to dig five kg heroin in their fields which was later handed over to another village resident Gurnam Singh.
The counter intelligence wing of Amritsar police has seized five kilogram heroin and currency amounting to Rs 50,000 from the possession of Gurnam Singh who worked as a courier.
The cost of the seized contraband is Rs25 crore in the international market.
“We have arrested Gurnnam Singh who is a resident of Muhawa village located near Attari on a tip off.He was waiting for a customer when the intelligence team raided the place from where the contraband and currency was seized,” IG Counter Intelligence MF Farooqui said.
Farooki said the accused had received the consignment from Pakistan based smuggler Rana. He was helped by three men of the same village who are absconding after his arrest.
Police said the accused Gurnam Singh was about to deliver the consignment to a Ferozepur based smuggler.
More arrested are expected in the case.