Jammu | Jagran News Desk: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday morning shot down a Pakistan drone near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, carrying weapons, explosives, arms and ammunition.

This is the first incident in Jammu region when a drone carrying arms and explosives was shot down by the BSF. According to media reports, the 8x8 drone (from blade to blade) was carrying American-origin M4 rifle, two magazines, ammunition and seven grenades.

The officials said that the drone, which was spotted by the BSF at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post (BOP) Pansar around 5.10 am, was used by Pakistan sponsored terrorists to smuggle weapons.

The officials said that nine rounds were fired by them to shot down the drone 250 metres inside the Indian territory. “It is believed that the Pakistani rangers manning the forward posts opposite BOP Pansar were controlling the drone,” news agency PTI quoted BSF officials as saying.

The BSF officials further said that the Pakistani rangers fired a few rounds on Babiya post in Hiranagar sector around 8.50 am. However, there was no retaliation by the BSF guarding the IB and the situation is being monitored closely, the officials noted.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh told news agency IANS that the consignment was meant for the Jaish e Mohammed (JeM) terrorists in the Valley. "Smuggling weapons on drones happened in Punjab, but this is the first time weapon consignment was sent by a drone into Jammu and Kashmir," he said told IANS.

The officials further noted that similar attempts to smuggle weapons were foiled earlier in other areas bordering Pakistan, especially in Kupwara, Rajouri and Jammu sectors.

“Looking at the kind of weapons that have been recovered, it seems whoever is responsible for this was trying to create a major incident. There is no doubt the drone came from Pakistan,” Border Security Force (Jammu Frontier) Inspector General NS Jamwal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma