Sri Ganganagar new target of Pak agencies to smuggle arms, drugs to India
Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district has become the new target of Pakistan agencies to smuggle arms and drugs to India. Central agencies have since issued alerts to state police and state IB.
- Sri Ganganagar district has become target of Pak agencies
- The new route is being used to smuggle arms, drugs to India
- IB has issued alerts to Rajasthan Police and state IB
After more than 50 failed attempts in Punjab, Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan is on the radar of Pakistan agencies to smuggle drugs and weapons to India. The Central intelligence Bureau has issued an alert to different security agencies of Rajasthan, including state IB and police, in reference to this
According to the alert, after agencies enforced strict measures in Punjab, Pakistani drug peddlers along with the ISI have prepared a new plan to smuggle drugs and arms via the Sri Ganganagar route using drones.
It is worth noting that Pakistan has been sending consignments to Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts of Punjab since 2019, but authorities have adopted strict security measures in recent months.
Till May 11 this year, in these districts, the BSF has caught 53 cases of drone smuggling and destroyed nine drones in the process.
The IB has instructed the ATS and Intelligence Unit of Rajasthan Police and BSF to keep a close watch on the border adjacent to Sri Ganganar district. However, drugs have been coming via drones to Sri Ganganagar for the last several months.
At present, small smugglers operating at the local level are doing this work by luring farmers, who have their agricultural farms on the border, with money.
Recently, BSF and local police have caught heroin worth over Rs 70 crore in four cases in two and a half months. The police are investigating links between Punjab smugglers and are trying to break the chain.
“Four accused, who were arrested a few days ago with heroin worth Rs 25 crores, are being quizzed. The accused who received drugs from Pakistan said that they have links with Punjab and we have sent teams to the accused. The new development is that the smugglers have become smart and have started using internet calling because they know how they can be caught,” said Anand Sharma, SP, Sri Ganganagar.
According to the information received, many gangs in Punjab and pro-Khalistan movement supporters will make Hanumangarh district their base apart from Sri Ganganagar. These people have been involved in the smuggling of drugs, arms and explosives from Pakistan to Punjab for the last three years. Some of these people have also reached Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh. Apart from smuggling, these people will also work to mobilise people in support of Khalistan in these two districts.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan has made drones a new weapon of smuggling. It is getting highly equipped drones from China and Turkey, which can easily carry up to five kg of drugs, weapons or explosives. Pakistan also uses them for espionage activities.