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Monday, 21 September 2020

Terror groups’ bid to revive insurgency

Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, September 20

In an apparent bid to foment trouble and revive insurgency in the state, Pakistan-based agencies have intensified their efforts to push arms and ammunition across the border using various methods.

Highest seizure this year

  • Sources said there had been a rise in smuggling of sophisticated arms along the border this year
  • BSF officials have said till date, 32 weapons have been seized along the border
  • In contrast, 20 weapons were seized in 2014, 17 in 2015, 12 in 2016, 23 in 2017, 12 in 2018 and 12 in 2019

Last week, the BSF recovered three AK-47 assault rifles, six magazines, 91 rounds (7.62 mm), two M-16 rifles, four magazines and 57 rounds (5.56 mm), two pistols, four magazines and 20 rounds (7.63 mm) near the New Gazniwala border outpost in the Ferozepur sector. On August 22, the BSF had gunned down five intruders near the Dall border outpost here. The BSF had recovered nine packets of heroin, AK-47 rifle along with two magazines, 27 live rounds, four pistols (9 mm Beretta) with seven magazines and 109 live rounds and two mobile phones from them.

Sources said there had been a rise in smuggling of sophisticated arms along the border this year. BSF officials said till date, 32 weapons along with 57 magazines and 650 rounds had been seized along the border. In contrast, 20 weapons were seized in 2014, 17 in 2015, 12 in 2016, 23 in 2017, 12 in 2018 and 12 in 2019.

This year's recovery is the highest since the times of insurgency.

Pertinently, the list does not include the weapons recovered by the Punjab Police and other security agencies that has also seen a manifold rise this year.

Last year, the Special Task Force and the BSF had seized five AK-47 rifles, 10 magazines, 200 rounds, one Austria-made Glock pistol, 22 magazines and 20 rounds from the Mamdot area. However, it could not be ascertained whether this consignment of arms was smuggled across the border by land or through a water channel or was dropped by a drone.

As per information, the BSF and other security agencies had been earlier seizing small arms, including Pakistan and China-made pistols which were generally sent along with drug consignments. "The recovery of highly sophisticated weapons during the recent times indicates that our hostile neigbour is making all possible attempts to revive insurgency in the state," said an officer, adding that the investigation had further revealed that Khalistani and Islamic terror groups were working in tandem for the purpose.



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