New Delhi, India (CU)_ Over the past three years, the BSF has confiscated around 1,150 kg of narcotics along the Punjab border. From January to April of this year, the BSF captured 150 kg of drugs, including a huge haul of heroin. Sources indicate that 53 drone intrusions have been recorded at the border so far this year. On nine separate instances, security personnel shot down these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and retrieved bombs and narcotics from them.
According to the reports from intelligence sources, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is establishing drone centers to transport weapons and narcotics into India. Together with the Pakistani Rangers, the country’s formidable intelligence agency has established six such drone centers so far. With the assistance of smugglers and terrorists, the ISI has established the drone centers and is operating them on the opposite side of the International Border (IB) in Punjab.
According to the sources from the Border Security Force (BSF), increased drone activity has been spotted at many Pakistani border outposts across the International Border from Ferozepur to Amritsar. The sources said, “Pakistan is using ‘dummy drones’ for weapons, drugs and explosives. Across the border near Khemkaran, smugglers fly drones with the help of Pak Rangers”.
Terrorists and smugglers are placing bombs, weapons, and ammunitions onto these faux drones in order to elude Indian security officials and transfer the contraband into border regions such as Punjab. They are mostly employing GPS-controlled drones for their illicit activities. In response to this danger, the BSF has issued a warning about drone activities from the Pakistani side of the border. Additionally, it is deploying anti-drone devices at select, vulnerable sites along the Punjab border. For the destruction of enemy UAVs, special drone hunting squads have been deployed.