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Army, BSF sound red alert along LoC, IB in J&K

Army, BSF sound red alert along LoC, IB in J&K

Jammu: Taking serious note of Pakistan using Chinese drones to airdrop weapons in Punjab, the Army and the BSF has sounded an all-out alert along the entire Indo-Pak border and LoC, asking border guarding troops and observation posts to keep a "hawk's eye" over similar air-intrusions in future.

GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kg of weight flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times to airdrop several cache of arms, ammunition and fake currency, which were seized in Punjab's Tarn Taran district, the ongoing probe by the Punjab police has revealed.

The Army and BSF officials said the troops and observation posts had been asked to maintain the highest possible vigilance along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch and Baramulla, Kupawara districts of the state.

"It is a new modus operandi of Pakistan to smuggle arms, ammunition and explosives in India for triggering terror. We have activated our forces to keep a hawk's eye on the movement of drones along the IB," BSF officials said.

BSF troops guarding over 180 km of IB with Pakistan have strengthened their observation posts and "listening posts" to keep a close watch against any intrusion by drones.

The BSF is also patrolling riverine areas along the IB and has deployed water patrol teams in the Chenab river.

They have been told to shoot down any drone intruding into the Indian airspace, they said.

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