Written bySiddhant Pandey ·
Last month, Punjab Police had reported multiple weapon drops in the state conducted by Pakistani-origin drones.
Earlier, it was reported that heavy-lifting drones from across the border dropped weapons, ammunition, counterfeit currency, etc., in Punjab to conduct 26/11-like terror attacks.
The BSF said it cannot monitor aerial movement and since such operations occur at night, they aren't visible to the naked eye.
Meanwhile, the IAF added that unmanned aerial vehicles remain undetected by radars.
Now, the Ministry has directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the involvement of Pakistan's "state actors" in the weapons-drop.
The MHA has also asked the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) to find out the frequency at which the drones operate. This would help jam communication between the drones and their base.
NTRO is already working on detecting the frequency, NDTV reported.
To recall, in September, Punjab Police had reported drones dropping AK-47 rifles, grenades, satellite phones, Rs. 10 lakh counterfeit currency, in eight sorties over 10 days (September 6 and 16).
On Wednesday, drones were reportedly spotted again in Punjab: one at Hazarasingh Wala village at 7.20 pm, and another at Tendiwala village at 10.10 pm.
One of the drones recovered was of Chinese make.
According to officials, the weapons-drop is linked to the clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir.
An officer on the counter-intelligence team of the Punjab Police told NDTV last month, "We have observed that smuggling from the Pakistani side has increased since the Centre's move on Jammu and Kashmir."
Pakistan has vehemently opposed India's move to repeal J&K's special status in August.
Separately, intelligence agencies have also reported that Pakistan has reactivated several terror camps, including the Balakot terror camp, which was bombed by the Indian Air Force in February earlier this year in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack.
Amid the likelihood of a terror threat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah last week directed forces guarding the borders- the Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Sena Bal, and the Assam Rifles- to identify security issues.
Shah had also asked the forces to further strengthen security and devise a long-term plan for fool-proof border security of regions under their jurisdiction.
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