Srinagar, September 10
A quadcopter utilized by Pakistani spy company ISI in Jammu and Kashmir has necessitated alert alongside the Line of Control (LoC) within the valley because the Army believes it may very well be used for dropping weapons for terrorists.
Talking to PTI, General-Officer-in-Command of strategically situated XV corps in Kashmir Lt Gen B S Raju stated after an incident “across Peer Panjal”, a reference to Jammu area in military parlance, “we have alerted all formations to keep a check on any flying object seen along the LoC”.
He stated the terrorists holed up within the Kashmir valley had been going through acute scarcity of arms and ammunition and they’re desperately searching for some assist from throughout the border for a similar.
In June, BSF had shot down a Pakistani drone, loaded with a complicated rifle and 7 grenades, alongside the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu area.
The Chinese-made drone weighed about 17.5 kgs and had a payload of 5.5 kg together with a complicated US-made M4 semi-automatic carbine and 7 Chinese grenades. Four batteries, a radio sign receiver and two Global Positioning Systems (GPS) had been additionally recovered.
This, in line with Gen Raju, is a “new dimension” in a long time of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. “Instructions have been passed on to the forward formations to keep an eye on any flying object coming from across the border (LoC) and hit it hard to bring it down,” he stated.
As small drones are robust to detect, an additional vigil utilizing all high-tech devices together with human scrutiny is being maintained.
A strict watch can be being maintained for motion of civilians alongside the Line of Control as terrorists might disguise themselves as nomads or shepherds to choose up an arms consignment.
“We have discovered some dumps of arms and ammunition in recent past along the LoC. This is a clear indication that people across the border are making shallow infiltration, dumping the weapons and returning to their launch pads across the border. This may be because of robust anti-infiltration grid being in place.”
On whether or not Pakistan is gathering its troops alongside the LoC within the view of elevated rigidity in Ladakh sector between India and China, Gen Raju stated: “We have not noticed any such attempts so far but let me assure that we are prepared for any eventuality and ready to give a befitting reply.” PTI