Wednesday, December 6, 2023

BSF shoots down Pakistani drone in Punjab

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According to a senior BSF official, BSF soldiers on patrol saw the drone around 4.35 am. They started firing right away, and it was taken down.

An extensive search operation has reportedly been underway in the vicinity to see if the drone has dumped any cargo there, according to a BSF officer.

Under the direction of BSF DIG, a probe is in progress. The drone was believed to be transporting cargo from Pakistan.

“Brave BSF jawans saw a drone leaving Pakistani territory. Jawans opened fire with 17 rounds of ammunition as it crossed into India. The drone’s blade sustained damage. The region is being thoroughly searched.

The drone will be examined, according to BSF DIG Prabhakar Joshi of Gurdaspur.

It’s important to note that during the past nine months, security personnel has seen 191 drones enter Indian territory illegally from Pakistan, raising serious questions about the nation’s internal security.

In order to stop such illegitimate attempts from the Pakistani side, the central government recently conveyed advice from the security forces stationed at the India-Pakistan border.

According to a document received by the media outlet, of the 191 drones detected, 171 crossed the India-Pakistan border into Indian territory through the Punjab sector, while 20 were spotted in the Jammu sector.

The paper states that from January 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022, “UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) surveillance on Indo-Pak border was witnessed in Punjab and Jammu frontier.”

The documents also show that most of these drones or UAVs were able to escape, but seven were shot down by members of the Border Security Force (BSF), who are stationed along the Pakistan-India border to keep an eye out for any nefarious activities being carried out by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

Amritsar, Ferozpur, and Abohar in Punjab are the locations of three of the seven drones that were shot down between January 1 and September 15 of this year.

BSF officials said that drones are being used by Pakistan to penetrate the international border in Jammu and Punjab with firearms, explosives, and drugs.

Home Minister Amit Shah was informed of the increasing drone activity across the border during a recent security review meeting in Srinagar with top security and intelligence officials present. The state police and the intelligence agencies disagree with the BSF’s assertion that it has been successful in thwarting drones from Pakistan that were delivering weapons, ammo, and explosives across the international boundary in the Jammu sector.

From the drones that have been shot down so far, the security forces have captured a variety of AK series assault weapons, pistols, MP4 carbines, carbine magazines, high explosive grenades, as well as drugs that were being brought into Indian territory from Pakistan.

According to sources from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, security agencies, and BSF intelligence, the drones are also used to drop packs of Afghan heroin to fund terrorist activities in the Valley and Punjab.

It has been shown that the ISI-supported Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorist organisations with bases in Pakistan and camps on both sides of the international border are responsible for the transfer of weapons, explosives, and narcotics.

According to reports, the Home Ministry has ordered the involved organisations to find a way to put an end to drone activities while also requesting that security and law enforcement organisations maintain a close eye on any such activity.

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