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2nd Pakistani Drone Shot Down Within 3 Days by BSF

191 illegal drones have been spotted entering India in the last nine months by the security forces.

2nd Pakistani Drone Shot Down Within 3 Days by BSF

Sentinel Digital Desk

AMRITSAR: A patrol unit of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot down a Pakistani drone over India's Punjab on Sunday night.

According to a report, BSF troops of the 22 Battalion posted at the Border Out Post (BOP) Rania in the Amritsar sector of Punjab spotted a drone. They swiftly opened fire and prevented the intrusion attempt using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The UAV propellors sustained damage and crashed and were recovered by the BSF.

The drone is said to weigh around 12 kg and was found to be carrying a package. Expected to be narcotics, it has been sent for proper testing.

In the early morning of the last Friday, the BSF troops had taken down another drone that entered Indian airspace in Punjab's Gurdaspur sector. It had also entered the region from the Pakistani side of the international border.

As many as 191 drone sightings have been confirmed in the past nine months. While 20 of them is being said to be in the Jammu sector, the remaining 171 have been in the Punjab sector mentioned in a report. Such illegal entry raises serious concerns in terms of the internal security of the country.

A large number of these UAVs have managed to flee back to the Pakistani side. Only 7 of them have been shot down by the Indian forces and these incidents have been in the Amritsar, Ferozpur, and Abohar regions of Punjab in the Northern part of the country.

These drones are used to smuggle a variety of items across the border, generally using the cover of darkness. Arms, explosives, and narcotics are said to be some of the contraband that is being transported. Surveillance of the Indian forces on the border can be another intention of such activities. Indian security forces have seized assault rifles, pistols, MP4 carbines, carbine magazines, high explosive grenades as well as narcotics from the drones shot down so far.

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