Safety forces have seized 11 hand grenades suspected to have been dropped by a drone flying in from throughout the Pakistan border into Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, a senior police officer mentioned on Monday. The grenades are suspected to have been made by an ordnance manufacturing unit in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi.
The consignment of Arges Sort HG-84 sequence grenades, packed in a plastic field, is the eight occasion of seizure of firearms and grenades smuggled into the nation for terrorists from throughout the border within the final 15 months, a senior Punjab Police officer mentioned.
The Arges HG-84 is an anti-personnel fragmentation grenade designed to inflict huge injury towards mushy targets inside its blast radius, spraying shrapnel out to a distance of 30 meters at velocity. The Arges grenade, manufactured by an Austrian agency, have been utilized in main assaults in India – together with the 2008 Mumbai strike, the 1993 Mumbai blasts and the 2001 Parliament assault. The Wah Cantonment Ordnance manufacturing unit in Rawalpindi earlier had a franchise to fabricate the high-explosive grenades.
The seizure comes weeks after an alert by intelligence businesses that cautioned safety personnel about Pakistan’s Inter Providers Intelligence’s strikes to amass upgraded variations of drones from China that may carry massive portions of firearms in each sortie.
The primary occasion of ISI-backed terror teams utilizing drones to smuggle weapons in Punjab was on 19 August 2019 when safety personnel noticed a big quadcopter dropping a weapon consignment of 10 kg together with AK 47 rifles, MP9 rifle, pistols and faux Indian forex. This drone, nevertheless, ran out of battery on its manner again and fell inside Indian territory.
Counter-terror officers in Delhi mentioned Pakistani terror teams and the ISI may have been utilizing drones for arms trafficking for for much longer.
“Recently, the drones have been getting greater and extra highly effective, triggering considerations that these couldn’t solely be used to hold bigger portions of arms but in addition rain explosives at safety camps in border areas,” an official mentioned.
This improves the capability of the ISI to produce weapons for Khalistani terror teams in addition to its teams in Jammu and Kashmir.
Police groups discovered the packet with 11 grenades throughout a search on Sunday morning.
Border Safety Drive personnel on the Chakri border outpost in Gurdaspur sector had noticed a drone getting into Indian territory shortly earlier than Saturday midnight. The troopers, and later Punjab law enforcement officials additionally, fired on the drone however couldn’t carry it down. In addition they alerted Punjab Police who additionally tried to carry down the drone.
The packet was discovered close to Dhussi bandh in Salach village of Gurdaspur’s Dorangla space. A senior police officer mentioned the field of grenades had been hooked up with a picket body and lowered from the drone to the bottom from a nylon rope.