AMRITSAR: The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down a Pakistani drone in the Amritsar sector of Punjab on Friday night and made another such flying object to return to Pakistan in the Pathankot sector on Saturday.
also spotted some suspicious movement in Pathankot sector, following which an operation was launched in the area.
BSF inspector general (
said that on Friday, arounnd 7.45pm, BSF troops heard the sound of a drone entering Indian territory from Pakistan near Daoke village in Amritsar sector.
The troops first light up the sky by firing illuminating rounds and then shot down the Pakistani flying object. “A bullet hit the drone, following which it fell on the ground,” said the IG, adding that BSF along with police force and other agencies cordoned off the area and began a search operation. BSF, Punjab Frontier, has so far shot down 15 drones, said the IG.
During search, BSF recovered a China-made DJI Matrice 300 RTK Quadcopter in a partially damaged condition lying in the field ahead of the border fence in Daoke.
IG said the Amritsar sector, including a part of
, was the worst-affected by drone intrusions. “Every second day, there used to be a drone intrusion from Pakistan in the Amritsar sector. But, with our anti-drone technology and strategy, only one drone from Pakistan could violate the airspace in the Amritsar sector in past month, and that too was shot down,” he said.
Meanwhile, a drone was sighted twice in the Panjgarain border outpost area of Pathankot sector on Saturday.
BSF troops fired over 100 rounds at the direction of the drone, following which it flew back to Pakistan. BSF and police have launched a joint search operation in the area, but nothing objectionable has been recovered so far, said BSF sources.
Sources also informed that the movement of two suspects were spotted in Paharipur area of Pathankot, but they moved back to Pakistan on seeing a BSF patrolling team. The same couldn’t be confirmed by BSF officials. However, BSF deputy inspector general (Gurdaspur sector)
informed that he himself launched an operation in Paharipur area and opened seven rounds in retaliation.