JAMMU: Wary of frequent sighting of drones sent from across the border by Pakistan, residents of a locality on the outskirts of Jammu city on Tuesday spotted another flying machine, but this time it turned out to be from Indian security forces.
Police sources said that the drone was found abandoned in Garota area on the outskirts of Jammu by locals and cops rushed to the spot and seized the object immediately. A senior police official said that after investigation it came to the fore that the drone belonged to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). “The device would be handed over to the authorities concerned,” he added.
Over the past two years, the Border Security Force (BSF) and the police have recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition, including sticky bombs, dropped into the Indian side by Pakistani drones. On May 16 a suspected Pakistani drone was seen hovering along the international border (IB) in Kanachak sector during night time, prompting security forces to launch a massive search operation in a vast area between Panch Talli and Laliyal to check if it had dropped anything inside the Indian territory. On May 14, BSF recovered an AK-47 rifle, a pistol and some ammunition dropped by a Pakistani drone in the border belt of Samba district. Several similar incidents in which arms and ammunition were dropped by Pakistan drones have been reported earlier from areas falling along the IB in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts.
BSF had also recovered bombs dropped by a drone along the IB in Samba sector on February 14, putting security agencies on high alert. The drone-dropped consignment had six pistols and 14 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with inbuilt magnets, which could be used as sticky bombs. On September 22, 2020, an arms consignment including 2 packets containing two AK assault rifles, three magazines with 90 rounds and a pistol with two magazines and 14 rounds dropped by a drone operated by Pakistan-based terrorists was seized in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district. The consignment was seized in a joint operation by the police and the special forces of the Army at an aerial distance of 13 km from the border. Earlier on July 3, 2019, a drone was seen hovering over the Kishtwar district jail, which later crashed and was taken into custody by the police.