A Pakistani spy drone loaded with a highly sophisticated rifle and seven grenades was shot down by the Border Security Force (BSF) in India’s Hirangar sector of Kathua district on Saturday.
A patrolling party of 19 Batallion of the BSF found the 8×8 (from blade to blade) Pakistani drone flying near the international border in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district at around 5 am and shot 8-9 rounds to bring it down, the officials said.
They said it entered into this side from Pakistan and such attempts have been made in various sectors over the past one year.
The drone was spotted at an approximate distance of 250 meters from the International Border at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post (BOP) Pansar.
A highly sophisticated rifle, two magazines, 60 rounds and seven grenades were the payload on the drone meant to be delivered to Pakistani agents, the officials said quoting preliminary information.
The China-made hexacopter of size 8X6 feet, one radio signal receiver and four batteries of 22,000 MAH power carried seven M-67 grenades, one M4 US-made carbine machine, two magazines, and 60 5.56 rounds of cartridge.
In a statement, BSF said, “The BSF intelligence branch was receiving inputs about possible use of Drone for ferrying arms and ammunition from Pakistan into Indian side. Accordingly the troops were put on high alert and the border domination was exponentially increased.”
Pakistani rangers guarding the forward posts opposite BOP Pansar was controlling the drone to smuggle the weapons into the Union Territory.
“There is no doubt that this drone was remote-controlled by Pakistani soldiers deployed at Thakerpora Picket opposite Panesar post of BSF,” said NS Jamwal, IG BSF, Jammu Frontier.
“No activity in border area can take place without the support of Pakistan security agencies. There is clear cut nexus between Pakistan Army, ISI and terrorists,” he added.