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A suspected Pakistani drone was spotted by Border Security Forces (BSF) flying on Wednesday night in two villages in the Indian territory along the India-Pakistan border in Hussainiwala sector in Punjab. This was the second incident in the last three days.
Its first sighting was reported in Hazarasingh Wala village at 7.20 pm and later in Tendiwala village at 10.10 pm, an official told new agency IANS.
Villagers took pictures of a drone on their mobiles and said it was flying at a height of around 500 metres. Security forces started a search operation again.
The Punjab Police and BSF along with other security agencies have been conducting search operations since Tuesday morning to find if Pakistani terror groups sent some dropped some material like drugs or arms through drone.
The Pakistani drone sighting comes just a week after Punjab Police recovered two drones used in dropping weapons from across the border.
Earlier, the sighting was observed thrice in the same area on Monday night.
Sukhvinder Singh, District Superintendent of Police told news agency ANI, “For the last two days we have been spotting a drone-like object hovering near our border with Pakistan. We have formed teams to investigate and have approached BSF also.
In September a huge number of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and satellite phones were dropped in Punjab’s Amritsar by heavy-lifting drones that came from Pakistan, just across the border for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, according to Punjab Police officials.
Sources also said that a half-burnt drone was recovered by policemen in Tarn Taran. The terrorists burnt the drone as it was not able to fly back to Pakistan.
“Module was conspiring to unleash series of terror strikes in Punjab and/or adjoining states. Police seized huge cache of arms including 5 AK-47 rifles, pistols, satellite phones and hand grenades. Further investigations in the case handed over to NIA,” said a statement released by the Punjab CMO.
The consignment contained five satellite phones, which hints that the delivery was meant for Jammu and Kashmir since mobile internet connection is still snapped in the valley,” said a senior police officer.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh requested Union home minister Amit Shah to handle the “drone problem at the earliest.”
Investigations so far suggest that several Pakistan-based terrorist groups are engaged in smuggling weapons into India since August after Centre abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
The recovered drones were apparently sent by different terror groups, linked with the Pakistan ISI, and the State-sponsored Jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command.
“Besides the search operation, we are also sensitising border residents to stay alert to such movements and inform the police,” the SP said.
Investigations so far suggest that several Pakistan-based terrorist groups were engaged in smuggling weapons into India since August, post the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, and both the recovered drones were apparently sent by different terror groups, linked with the Pakistan ISI, and the State-sponsored Jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command.
These days’ drones are used at border areas by security forces of both India and Pakistan as a spying device. Drones are lightweight, easy to operate and not that expensive but drones used as arms delivery device is a huge threat to the armed forces.