In the early hours of Sunday, the Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire after a drone was spotted entering Indian teritory from Pakistan near the border outpost Channa Pattan that falls under the Ramdas police station of Amritsar.
Around 12.50am, personnel of the 73rd battalion of the BSF heard a buzzing sound. The BSF personnel began firing at the drone as soon as they spotted it. According to a BSF official who asked not to be named, 43 rounds were fired, but the BSF managed to retreat.
The BSF informed the Punjab Police and Indian Air Force. On Sunday morning, a search operation was launched in the area, but nothing suspicious was found.
The incident comes days after senior officials of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a meeting to curb the menace of drones at the International Border. BSF’s deputy inspector general (DIG), Gurdaspur, Prabhakar Joshi headed the Indian team while Pakistan’s sector commander brigadier Fahd Ayub represented the team of rangers. Two wing commanders of Pakistan were also present at the meeting, which was conducted at Kartarpur Corridor on June 10. The motive of the meeting was to curb the threat of drones being used for the smuggling of arms, ammunition, explosives and drugs from across the border.
BSF hands over Pak boy who crossed border inadvertently to Rangers
Ferozepur: A Pakistani boy who had inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side was handed over to the Pakistan Rangers by the BSF on Sunday, officials said.
The Pakistani national, a juvenile, was apprehended by the Border Security Force personnel from the Ferozepur sector in Punjab on Saturday evening.
“During questioning, it was found that the apprehended Pak national is a juvenile and he had crossed over to Indian territory inadvertently. Nothing objectionable was recovered from him,” a BSF spokesperson said.