Three Pakistani smugglers, carrying 24 kg of heroin, were shot dead by BSF on the Indo-Pak border, as they were trying to sneak into Indian territory, BSF officials said on Saturday.

The Pakistani intruders were shot dead at Mullapur village during the cross-firing with night patrolling party of BSF.

The three intruders opened fire when they were challenged by the BSF night patrolling party who then responded killing the trio, BSF officials said.

A search operation was launched on Saturday morning during which bodies of the intruders were found, besides, 24 kg heroin worth Rs. 120 crore in the international market.

Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the spot.