Drone exercise alongside India-Pak border in Punjab poses large problem to safety companies
Chandigarh, October 23
Motion of drones for airdropping medicine, arms and ammunition continues to pose a giant problem to safety companies with over 150 such actions seen this yr up to now at a number of factors alongside the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, stated officers.
They stated the usage of drones for the smuggling narcotics, arms and ammunition first got here to note in 2019 in Punjab.
The Border Safety Power, which is guarding the 553 km stretch of border with Pakistan, has this yr shot down 10 drones—three within the final week—moreover thwarting intrusion of many unmanned aerial automobiles, the officers stated.
“Greater than 150 drone actions have been noticed up to now,” stated a senior official of the BSF (Punjab Frontier).
One drone was shot down close to the Shahpur border outpost in Amritsar on October 14, two had been gunned down on October 16 and 17 within the Amritsar sector, stated the officers.
The officers stated smugglers backed by Pakistan’s spy company ISI are utilizing subtle and high-end Chinese language drones, with minimal sound and able to flying at larger stage.
A drone which was shot down on October 14 was a quadcopter (DJI Matrice) and a holding and releasing mechanism additionally discovered with this drone.
Most drone actions have been concentrated in areas alongside the worldwide border in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts, stated the officers.
Nevertheless, drone actions have additionally been noticed in Ferozepur and Gurdaspur areas, they added.
The BSF had coordinated with the Punjab Police in busting a gang concerned in smuggling of narcotics and weapons from throughout the border in Tarn Taran space this yr, stated the senior BSF official.
Final month, the BSF had determined to shoot Indian smugglers who come to gather narcotics and weapons, smuggled from Pakistan, close to the worldwide border.
“If a smuggler involves obtain the consignment or assaults, the regulation permits us to fireside on the smuggler,” stated the BSF official.
The BSF has additionally determined to reward its personnel who gun down a drone sneaking into Indian territory.
In April this yr, the BSF had introduced to provide Rs 1 lakh reward to an individual who offers info resulting in the arrest of individuals utilizing drones for smuggling of narcotics, arms and ammunition from Pakistan.