BSF and Punjab Police Recover China-Made Drones in Joint Operations

BSF and Punjab Police foil cross-border drone smuggling attempts, recover 3 China-made drones in joint operations. Investigations ongoing to uncover the nexus between suppliers.

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BSF and Punjab Police Recover China-Made Drones in Joint Operations

BSF and Punjab Police Recover China-Made Drones in Joint Operations

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police have recovered three China-made DJI Mavic 3 Classic drones in joint operations conducted in the Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts of Punjab, India on April 21-22, 2024. The coordinated efforts of the two forces successfully foiled attempts by illicit drone handlers from across the border to smuggle contraband.

On April 22, the BSF and Punjab Police recovered one drone from a farming field adjacent to Village Wan in Amritsar District. The previous day, on April 21, the joint forces recovered two drones from different locations in the border area of Amritsar District, one each from farming fields near Village Hardo Rattan and Village Daoke.

According to BSF officials, the recoveries were made based on reliable intelligence about the presence of drones in the border areas. "The joint efforts of the BSF and Punjab Police successfully foiled the attempts of illicit drone handlers from across the border," stated a BSF spokesperson in an official release.

This incident comes just a day after the BSF recovered a China-made DJI Matrix 300 RTK drone carrying three packets of suspected heroin from the border area of Ferozepur district on April 20. In that case, the drone was discovered in a farming field near Jangir Singh ki Dhani village.

Why this matters: The use of drones for cross-border smuggling and other illicit activities poses a significant security challenge for Indian authorities. The successful joint operations by the BSF and Punjab Police highlight the ongoing efforts to combat this emerging threat and secure the nation's borders.

The recovered drones have been seized, and investigations are underway to trace the backward and forward links to uncover the nexus between cross-border suppliers and their counterparts on the Indian side. The BSF has registered a complaint against unknown persons under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Aircraft Act of 1934.

Key Takeaways

  • BSF and Punjab Police recover 3 China-made DJI Mavic 3 Classic drones in joint ops.
  • Drones were used in attempts to smuggle contraband across the India-Pakistan border.
  • Recoveries made based on intelligence about drone presence in border areas.
  • BSF also recovered a China-made DJI Matrix 300 RTK drone carrying suspected heroin.
  • Drones seized, investigations underway to uncover cross-border smuggling nexus.