ANI

New Delhi, October 12

In the past nine months, security forces have seen the illegal entry of 191 drones into Indian territory from neighboring Pakistan, raising major concerns over the country’s internal security.

The central government has recently shared the contribution of security forces deployed on the India-Pakistan border to keep such illegal attempts at bay by the Pakistani side.

Of the 191 drones observed, 171 entered Indian territory through the India-Pakistan border along the Punjab sector, while 20 were seen in the Jammu sector, a document accessed by ANI said.

According to the document, “UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) surveillance on Indo-Pak border was observed in Punjab and Jammu border with effect from January 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022.

The documents further reveal that most of these drones or drones managed to escape, while a total of seven were shot down by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, who are deployed along the India-Pakistan border to monitor such illegal activities. was orchestrated by Pakistan’s inter-service intelligence.

Seven drones were shot down this year between January 1 and September 15 in Punjab’s Amritsar, Ferozpur and Abohar regions.

According to reports, the first drone was shot down by the BSF on January 18 in Punjab’s Amritsar near the Havelian (BP) border post. BSF personnel on February 13 again shot down another drone soon after it entered Indian territory and was spotted near CB Chand BoP in Amritsar. BSF personnel also shot down two drones on March 7 and March 9 at Amritsar’s Ferozpur TJ Singh and Havelian BoP respectively.

On April 29, BSF personnel shot down a drone near Pulmoran BoP in Amritsar. BSF personnel also shot down another drone on May 8 when it was spotted near Baropal BoP in Amritsar. The last drone shot down by BSF personnel was spotted on June 26 near Jhanger BoP in Punjab’s Abohar region.

BSF officials told ANI that drones are being used by Pakistan to transport arms, explosives and narcotics across the international border in Jammu and Punjab from Pakistan.

The increased drone activity across the border was brought to the fore by Home Minister Amit Shah at a security review meeting in Srinagar recently attended by top security and intelligence chiefs. While the BSF believes it has been able to repel drones carrying arms, ammunition and explosives from Pakistan, state police and intelligence agencies differ on this assessment.

Security forces have seized various AK series rifles, pistols, MP4 carbines, carbine magazines, high explosive grenades as well as narcotics that were being transported into Indian territory from Pakistan from the drones shot down so far.

According to security agencies, BSF inputs and Jammu and Kashmir police officials, drones are also being used to drop packets of Afghan heroin to finance terror operations in the Valley and Punjab.

The group behind the transport of arms, explosives and drugs is learned to be the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorist groups that have camps across the international border and are supported by the ISI.

It is learned that the Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the concerned agencies to find a solution to stop the drone activities, meanwhile security agencies and law enforcement forces have been asked to keep a special watch on such movements.

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