Security forces on Tuesday intercepted a Pakistani drone which allegedly airdropped an arms consignment in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector.
Based on specific inputs that some weapons were airdropped by a Pakistani drone in a village at night, the Jammu and Kashmir Police seized two AK assault rifles, one pistol, three AK magazines and 90 rounds of ammunition from Sohal Khad, located at an aerial distance of 13 km from the border.
“We have successfully scuttled the attempt to send weapons to the terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir… Dropping weapons from drones is a new technique being used by terrorist organizations,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Jammu) Shridhar Patil told reporters.
He said an investigation is on to identify the terrorist group which is behind the dropping of the weapons.
“A case has been registered in connection with the recovery of the weapons and further investigation is on,” Patil said.
He said security agencies are aware of the threat posed by the use of drones to drop weapons in India from across the border and “we are tackling it by the use of technology and human intelligence. Human intelligence played a key role in today’s recovery”.
The arms and ammunition were packed in blue thermacol with wooden fittings, wrapped by adhesive tape, the officer said, adding that two rolls of parachute thread about 300 metres in length were also seized.
The SSP said a joint operation was launched after credible information was received about a planned attempt by anti-national elements to smuggle arms into India.
“The search operation was started at various places in Jammu, including Sohal Khad, Shamshan Ghat, Punnu Chowk, Sohal Market in Akhnoor sector. While recovering a packet containing arms, the sound of a drone was heard but it was not visible due to darkness,” he said.
Patil said continuous search led to the recovery of another packet of arms and ammunition.
(with inputs from PTI)