DW BUREAU / FEROZEPUR
Days after police recovered Pakistani drones used to airdrop arms and ammunition in border areas of the state, the BSF on Tuesday sighted two high-flying drones along Punjab’s Hussainiwala sector.
Border Security Force personnel sighted the drone four times on the Pakistani side, while once it was seen almost a kilometer inside the Indian territory, a BSF official said.
While going back, the light and sound of the drone went off and it vanished within no time.
Sources said that the troops have been asked to keep hawk’s eye on such developments.
The border guarding force has also started sensitising the residents along the border to immediately inform the police or BSF authorities if they spot anything unusual near the zero line.
In September, two drones were recovered from border areas of Tarn Taran and Amritsar in Punjab. The police have intensified their search operation after the Border Security Force informed about the drone’s sighting.
The drone was seen flying on the Pakistan side from 10 p.m. to 10.40 p.m. and again at 12.25 a.m. when it entered the Indian side, officials said.
Punjab Police has already launched elaborate investigations to account for the weapons consignments apparently smuggled into India from across the border by the two drones recovered near the Indo-Pakistan border over the last around one month.
Police teams are also on the job to ascertain the links of the terror groups involved in sending these drones from Pakistan, said a police spokesperson said on September 27, clarifying that so far only two such drones had been recovered — one last month and the second in a burnt condition three days ago in Jhabal town in Tarn Taran district.
Investigations so far suggest that several Pakistan-based terrorist groups were engaged in s1muggling 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.