Punjab: BSF Intercepts Pakistani Drone With Alleged Narcotics At International Border; 5th Case In 4 Days

A fifth Pakistani drone has been intercepted by the Border Security Force on the Punjab border in the last four days. The drones had alleged narcotics attached to them which are being examined now.

Pak drone shot down by BSF in Amritsar

A drone carrying a drug consignment was intercepted by the Border Security Force on Monday said the reports. This is reportedly the fifth Pakistani drone in the last four days that intruded into India from along the International Border in Punjab to drop drugs.

It was the Amritsar sector where this latest drone was reportedly "downed".

According to reports, the Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered a large black-coloured drone with a payload of suspected narcotics attached beneath it.

The reports said that the officials are not sure about the quantity and quality of the consignment as it is being ascertained currently.

Reports suggest that this is the fifth reported interception of a "rogue" unmanned aerial vehicle along the Punjab border since May 19.

The officials told the media that a few more instances of troops picking up the buzzing sound of a drone were reported over the last four days but nothing more could be established.

The BSF troops shot down two drones and intercepted a third along the front on Friday (May 19). A BSF spokesperson had said to the media that the third drone fell into Pakistani territory and could not be recovered.

A drone that "violated Indian airspace on Saturday night (May 20) was intercepted by firing in the jurisdiction of the Amritsar sector" and the force recovered 3.3 kilogrammes of suspected narcotics that was slung under it. 

Punjab shares an over 500-kilometre-long front with Pakistan that is guarded by the BSF and drones and unmanned aerial vehicles taking flight from that country into India with drugs and arms and ammunition payloads have become a matter of concern for security agencies over the last three-four years.

(With PTI inputs)