BSF shoots down drone in Amritsar, recovers suspicious polythene bag

Indian Army’s drone mission

In another crackdown against the terror activities, the Border Security Forces (BSF) shot down a drone at the International Border near Punjab’s Amritsar entering from Pakistan into the Indian Territory. “The drone will be sent to the BSF Francis unit after investigation,” Jasbir Singh, Commandant, BSF said on Saturday.

The drone was shot down near the village Chaharpur in the Amritsar Rural district of Punjab, an official statement from the PRO BSF read, adding that the area has been cordoned off and police and other concerned agencies have also been informed. The BSF also recovered one Hexacopter in partially damaged condition with a suspected item in white polythene.

Meanwhile in a major clampdown against terror nexus, National Investigation Agency (NIA) this morning launched massive multi-state raids covering Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, sources said.

With the objective to dismantle and disrupt the emerging nexus between terrorists, gangsters and drug smugglers based in India and abroad, the raids are being conducted at the premises of these gansgtersin more than six districts across these four states.

Till July this year, a total of 107 drones flying from across the border were spotted inside Indian territory as compared to 97 drones spotted last year, according to the BSF. Sixty-four such cases were reported in Punjab last year, 31 in Jammu, and two were seen crossing the Line of Control in Jammu. A total of 107 such incidents till July this year including 14 in Jammu and 93 in the Punjab sector.