Kathua: Border Security Force (BSF) has foiled a major terror plot by shooting down a Pakistani drone carrying weapons near the international border in Kashmir. US made M4 rifle, seven grenades and other arms were being smuggled on the drone. NS Jamwal, Inspector General of the BSF, said that Pakistan is trying to carry out a major terror strike. There is a strong suspicion that the drone was being handled by rangers from the Pakistani posts across the border.
The drone was spotted by the BSF patrol party, in the Rathua area of the Hiranagar Sector, at around 5 in the morning on Saturday. The drone had entered 250 metres inside the Indian territory. Sub-Inspector Devender Singh fired eight rounds of the 9mm Barret, targeting and shooting down the drone. The drone crashed in a field near Pansar.
NS Jamwal, Inspector General of Jammu-Kashmir Frontier in the BSF, informed that a US-made M4 rifle, 7 M67 grenades, two magazines and 60 rounds were found on the drone. The drone was 8 feet long. Pakistan uses drones for smuggling and to keep track of movements of the security forces.
Last year, between 9th and 16th September, 80 kilograms of explosives had been seized in the actions taken in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts. These explosives had been sent on a drone. Thereafter, it was found out that Pakistan was using drones for arms smuggling. Thereafter, Pakistani drones have many times been noticed on the Punjab and Kashmir borders. Only last month, a drone spying on the security forces had been seized.
Pakistan is trying to take advantage of the increased tension between India and China. A possibility had been predicted that Pakistan is preparing for a major terrorist infiltration. Alert was issued on the international border along with the Line of Control. Thereafter, the BSF increased its deployment and surveillance, even on the international border. This incident of smuggling arms on the drone, across the international border, confirmed the suspicion. Search has been launched for the Pakistani agents who were supposed to receive these arms.
Meanwhile, Pakistan carried out mortar attacks and firing in Baramulla. Senior superintendent of police, Abdul Qayum, said that four civilians were injured in the attack.