Arms-laden Pak drone shot down by BSF in Kathua

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Ravi Kr­ish­nan Kha­juria ravi.kha­juria@htlive.com

JAMMU : The Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force shot down a Pak­istani drone along the In­ter­na­tional Bor­der in Kathua dis­trict of Jammu and Kash­mir on Saturday, the of­fi­cials said. The pa­trolling party of the BSF found the drone fly­ing in the Rathua area of Hi­rana­gar sec­tor in Kathua, Jammu And Kash­mir and shot it down. The drone fell into a field.

“The Pak­istani drone was fly­ing in­side In­dian ter­ri­tory in Rathua area in Hi­rana­gar sec­tor around 5.10 am when a BSF pa­trol shot it down,” said a police of­fi­cer at Kathua police con­trol room.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral, BSF Jammu Fron­tier NS Jamwal said, “The BSF has shot down a drone from Pak­istan near Kathua and re­cov­ered among oth­ers M-4 US-made semi-au­to­matic ri­fle, 60 rounds in it, two magazines and seven M67 grenades.” “It is a big de­vel­op­ment be­cause the Pak­ista­nis have adopted sim­i­lar mod us operandi of what they have been do­ing in Pun­jab,” he added.

The six copter drone it­self weighed around 17.5 kilo­grams and the con­sign­ment weighed around five to six kilo­grams, said

Jamwal. “Surely, it was an at­tempt to de­liver the arms and am­mu­ni­tion to some­one here on this side,” he said.

The BSF IGP in­formed that the drone had a winch mech­a­nism with which en­tire con­sign­ment had to be dropped to this side and it had to fly back . “This de­liv­ery was for some ‘Ali Bhai’ as the pay­load was car­ry­ing his name,” he said. A se­nior police of­fi­cial said that the drone was 8 feet in wide blade-to-blade and seems to have been con­trolled by Pak picket op­po­site Pane­sar post of BSF in Hi­rana­gar sec­tor.

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The Chi­nese-made drone that fell into a field in Hi­rana­gar sec­tor in J&K’s Kathua.

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