Mumbai: A senior BSF official said that the Border Security Force killed five intruders along the Indo-Pakistan international border in Punjab early Saturday.
This is the highest number of intruders killed in a single incident along the 3,300-km-long border with Pakistan in more than a decade, officials said.
Punjab shares a 553 km border with Pakistan apart from Jammu, Rajasthan, and Gujarat, which together form the remaining part of the international border.
The senior officer said that “vigilant soldiers of the 103rd Battalion violated the IB in violation of suspected movement of infiltrators in Taran Taran district of Punjab”.
When asked to stop, the intruders retaliated in self-defense and opened fire on BSF personnel. Subsequently, five intruders were shot, he said.
BSF soldiers, officials said, first noticed suspicious activity at the border around midnight and launched “focused” surveillance on the intruders and “established contact” behind the IB just in the morning after which several ambushes along the front.
He said that the intruders were seen carrying rifles and resorting to ‘Sarkanda’ or tall grass to enter India.
(With PTI Inputs)