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J-K: NIA conducts searches in drone delivery case

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The NIA reports that no detentions have been made in this case to yet. Security authorities have recorded 191 drones entering Indian territory illegally over the previous nine months from Pakistan’s neighbour, which has caused serious worries about the nation’s internal security.

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

A drone that crossed the international border from Pakistan into India in the early hours of this morning in the Gurdaspur area of Punjab was shot down by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.

It is important to note that throughout the previous nine months, army soldiers have spotted 191 drones, of which 171 crossed the Pakistan-India border into India through the Punjab sector, while 20 were spotted in the Jammu sector, according to a document obtained by the news agency.

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 document further revealed that while seven of these drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were shot down by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stationed along the India-Pakistan border in order to keep an eye on such illegal activities being carried out by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, the majority of these UAVs or drones managed to escape.

According to BSF officials, the drones are being used by Pakistan to transfer firearms, explosives, and drugs across the international border in Jammu and Punjab.

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, was informed of the increasing drone activity across the border during a recent security review meeting in Srinagar, which was attended by top security and intelligence officials. The state police and the intelligence agencies disagree with the BSF’s assertion that it was able to fend off drones coming from Pakistan that were carrying weapons, ammo, and explosives in the Jammu sector of the international border.

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.

According to information obtained, the ISI-supported Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terror organisations with bases in Pakistan and camps on both sides of the international border are responsible for the shipment 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.

The seven drones that the BSF personnel shot down between January 1 and September 15 were reportedly spotted in the Punjabi areas of Amritsar, Ferozpur, and Abohar, according to the document obtained by the media outlet.

According to information, the BSF shot down the first drone on January 18 in Punjab’s Amritsar, close to the Havelian Border Out Post (BoP). On February 13, the BSF forces once more shot down another drone shortly after it crossed into Indian territory and was seen close to CB Chand BoP in Amritsar. On March 7 and March 9, respectively, at the TJ Singh BoP in Ferozpur and the Havelian BoP in Amritsar, BSF men also shot down two drones.

A drone was shot down by BSF forces on April 29 near Pulmoran BoP in Amritsar. Another drone was also shot down by BSF forces on May 8 in Amritsar after it was seen close to Bharopal BoP. On June 26, a drone that had been shot down by BSF forces had been seen close to Jhanger BoP in the Punjabi province of Abohar.

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