JAMMU: Border Security Force (BSF) troops spotted a suspected Pakistani drone along International Border (IB) in Ramgarh area of Jammu early Saturday and opened fire at it, forcing it to retreat.
“A blinking light (of the suspected drone) was observed around 12:15 am on the IB in the night in the general area of Ramgarh. Alert troops fired towards the blinking light, due to which it (the drone) was forced to return,” a BSF spokesperson said.
The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway. “Despite harsh rainy conditions, a massive search operation is underway to ensure no weapons or narcotics were air-dropped by the drone,” the spokesperson said.
This is the second such incident in the past two weeks. On March 22, BSF troops had fired at a Pakistani drone at Chamliyal border post in Jammu’s Samba district, preventing it from flying into India.
Drones are now increasingly being used to drop arms and ammunition and narcotics from across the border in order to support terrorism.
On November 24 last year, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had recovered a drone-dropped consignment of two unassembled IEDs with detonators, two pistols, four magazines with 60 rounds and Rs 5 lakh in Rs 500 denomination in Chhani Manhasan-Vijaypur of Samba district.
On October 30, 2022, police had arrested two persons for receiving a drone-dropped arms consignment. This was the fourth such catch last year and the first involving a Europe-based over ground worker of a terrorist group, Balvinder.
Source: The Times of India