Ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, police on Sunday shot down a Pakistani drone carrying seven magnetic bombs and as many UBGL grenades in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, a senior police officer said.
Jammu Zone Police Additional Director General Mukesh Singh said the drone was shot down by a group of police officers in Talli Hariya Chak area of Rajbagh shortly after crossing the Indian border from the Indian side .
This is the third Pakistani drone with a payload of weapons and ammunition shot down by forces in the Jammu sector since June 2020.
Singh said a police search team detected the movement of the drone in the morning and shot him. The bomb disposal team, called in to inspect its payload, found seven mag bombs and an equal number of underbarrel grenade launcher (UBGL) compatible grenades attached to it.
He said police search teams were regularly sent to the area due to frequent drone activity across the border.
“The police team noticed a hexacopter drone and shot it down. Experts are on their way from Jammu to decipher the writing on the drone’s two batteries which we believe is in Chinese (language)”,
Kathua Police Chief Superintendent Ramesh Kotwal told reporters at the scene.
He said that over the past six to eight months, police contingents have carried out anti-tunneling, anti-drone and early morning border disinfection activities as part of heightened security measures, particularly in view of of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.
The SSP asked border residents to immediately report any suspicious objects or movements to the police in order to ensure the overall security of the region.
The 43-day Amarnath Yatra is due to start on June 30 on two routes – the traditional 48 km route through Nunwan in the Pahalgam of southern Kashmir and the 14 km route through the Ganderbal of Kashmir. Central cashmere.
Police have called the recovery of magnetic bombs or sticky bombs a major challenge during this year’s annual yatra at the 3,880-meter-high sacred cave shrine.
In a first-of-its-kind seizure in February last year, the Border Security Force recovered a drone-dropped shipment of 14 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with embedded magnets along the international border in Samba district.
The built-in magnets could be used as “sticky bombs” by sticking them on vehicles and controlling them using a timer and a remote-controlled device.
On April 28, security forces detected such an IED on the Sidhra bypass on the outskirts of Jammu.
Four IEDs fitted with sticky bombs were recovered from Poonch district in August and September last year.
On June 20, 2020, the BSF shot down Pakistan’s first Hexa-copter drone with a payload of five and a half kilograms, including a sophisticated American-made M4 semi-automatic carbine and seven Chinese grenades at Border Outpost Pansar in the district of Kathua.
On July 23, 2021, police shot down a drone carrying five kilograms of IEDs along the international border in the Kanhachak area on the outskirts of Jammu.
Security forces had also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in addition to high-grade narcotics dropped by drones from Pakistan over the past two years.