Tarn Taran: Striking yet another blow to the cross-border smuggling amidst the ongoing war against drugs launched on the directions of Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have recovered one more Quadcopter drone loaded with three packets of heroin, weighing 3.06Kg, during a search operation launched at border area of Border Outpost (BOP) Kalia in Tarn Taran on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The operation was carried out with the support of the Border Security Force (BSF).

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav said that this is the fourth such drone recovered by the Tarn Taran Police in less than a week.

Notably, a hexacopter drone carrying six packets of heroin, weighing 6.68 kg, was recovered in the jurisdiction of Border Outpost (BOP) Harbhajan in Khemkaran on Tuesday. On the very next day, a broken quadcopter drone was recovered from the area of village Van Tara Singh in Khalra. Similarly, another hexacopter drone carrying five packets of heroin, weighing 5.60 kg, was recovered from the Khemkaran area in Tarn Taran on Friday.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that after noticing the drone movement in Indo-Pak border on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, Police teams from Tarn Taran district immediately shared the pin-pointed inputs with the BSF and jointly conducted an intensive search operation in the area of Village Kalia District Tarn Taran, which was just 2kms away from the Indo-Pak border.

He said that the combing operation resulted in the recovery of a Drone model No. DJI MATRICE 300RTX loaded with three packets of Heroin.

Sharing more details, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tarn Taran Sukhminder Singh Mann said that investigations are on to ascertain the identity of the Pak smugglers, who sent the consignment via drone, and also their Indian associates, who were to receive this air-dropped consignment of heroin.

Meanwhile, a case FIR No. 92 Dated 04.12.2022 has been registered under sections 21-C, 23, 27-A and 29 of the NDPS Act and sections 10, 11 and 12 of the Aircraft Act at Valtoha Police Station in Tarn Taran.