Pak drone carrying M4 rifle, grenades shot down
The 8x8 drone (from blade to blade) was spotted hovering in the skies by a BSF party on patrol duty at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post (BOP) Pansar.
The Border Security Force has shot down a Pakistani drone, loaded with a sophisticated rifle and some grenades, along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Officials said that that this was the first such incident in Jammu region when a drone carrying arms and explosives was shot down by the BSF, frustrating Pakistan's attempt to smuggle the weapons into the Union Territory using the flying machine.
The 8x8 drone (from blade to blade) was spotted hovering in the skies by a BSF party on patrol duty at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post (BOP) Pansar around 5.10 am, the officials said. It carried an American-origin M4 rifle, two magazines and ammunition, along with seven grenades. It was meant to be delivered to Pakistani agents, the officials said quoting preliminary information.
They said the BSF personnel fired nine rounds and shot it down 250 metres inside the Indian territory.
"These shameless acts by Pakistani agencies are aimed at arming Jaish terrorists active in Kashmir to carry out terrorist acts and disruption of peace and order," a police officer told NDTV.
"Similar attempts to smuggle weapons have been foiled earlier in other areas bordering Pakistan, especially in Kupwara, Rajouri and Jammu sectors," he said.
Pak rangers and Pakistani Army use such drones to keep an eye on the deployment of Indian forces and gaps to push terrorists into India.
Meanwhile, officials told PTI Pakistani rangers fired a few rounds on Babiya post in Hiranagar sector around 8.50 am. There was no retaliation by the BSF guarding the IB, they said, adding the situation is being monitored closely.
The development comes at a time India lost 20 of its soldiers on June 15 at Galwan valley in the hands of Chinese soldiers.