Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Monday shot dead two youth, who were allegedly heroin smugglers, in an encounter at Border Outpost Burj in Amritsar sector.
Inspector General BSF, Aditya Mishra said the killed youth were identified as Ajaypal Singh (31) and Harpal Singh (30), residents of Indo-Pak border village Lopokey, and had gone to Indo-Pak border village beyond the barbed fencing wire to retrieve a consignment of heroin from their Pakistani counterparts.
The two were shot dead by BSF during a brief encounter, he added. Both were described as smugglers as per their police record.
Ajaypal belonged to a rich family and used to visit Canada frequently on valid visa, said the BSF official. Mishra said BSF troops were on high alert as inputs had been received regarding an attempt of smuggling from the area of Border Out Post Burj.
Around 2.00 am, a team of BSF personnel noticed some persons crawling towards Border Security fence. On being challenged by BSF, Ajaypal fired from a weapon, drawing retaliation in which both the suspects were shot dead.
In the morning, when a search operation was launched, BSF recovered one .32 bore caliber revolver, five live cartridges and one mobile phone with two Indian SIM cards.