In a joint operation, Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF) downed three trans-border rogue drones and recovered 12 kgs of heroin over the last week.
Taking to Twitter Director General of Police, Punjab, Gaurav Yadav tweeted, “Tarn Taran Police, working jointly with @BSF_India has downed three trans-border rogue drones in the last one week and recovered 12 kgs #Heroin Major blow to trans-border smuggling networks operating in the international border.”
Meanwhile, a Hexacopter drone that contained 5 kgs of heroin was recovered by Tarn Taran Police, during its joint search operation with the BSF.
“Tarn Taran Police in a joint search operation with @BSF_India have recovered a Hexacopter drone equipped with modern technology & packets containing #Heroin weighing 5Kgs from fields near the Indo-Pak border,” the DGP tweeted.
So far 16 drones have been shot this year and the force has also adopted an anti-drone system and in-depth patrolling to take down unmanned aerial vehicles.
“While rogue drones have emerged as a new security challenge for the BSF, we haven’t yet achieved success with any one mechanism to counter them. Hence, we have adopted three to four ways of dealing with this threat and they have been giving very good results,” BSF DG said.
At some specific locations (along the India-Pakistan border) anti-drone systems were installed.
“As the border is vast, anti-drone systems cannot be installed at all places. However, the system would be installed at more places in the coming days,” Singh said.
Moreover, three-four km of in-depth patrolling has been started by the BSF to collect illegal items.
“We have also given very good incentives to our jawans who shoot down these drones. Due to these efforts, we have shot down 16 drones this year till November, which is significantly more than just one drone shot down last year. The number of drones shot down is likely to increase to 25 by the end of this year,” Singh said.
Earlier on 28 November, a hexacopter drone weighing 18.050 kg carrying 3.110 kgs narcotics was shot down by women personnel of the BSF in Chaharpur village in Amritsar.
However, trained Kites and dogs are being used to prey on enemy drones and to deal with drones sent from across the border.