Over 100 Pakistani drones recovered from Punjab border in 2023: BSF

PUNJAB: The Border Security Force (BSF) either shot down or recovered 107 drones from along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab during 2023, a senior officer said Monday.

The force guards more than 2,289 km of the International Border that runs along Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat along India's western flank. The Punjab region shares 553 km with Pakistan.

Quoting official data, the officer said almost all of the recovered drones were Chinese made and the maximum were recovered from farm lands running along the border on the basis of intelligence inputs.

Around ten drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were recovered from Rajasthan frontier during the same period, the officer said.

The force, during 2023, also seized a total of 442.39 kg of heroin, largely flown in and dropped by these drones, 23 weapons of different caliber and 505 rounds of ammunition from along the Punjab front, he said.

Three Pakistani intruders were killed while 23 Pakistan nationals that included two smugglers were apprehended by BSF personnel. Fourteen Bangladesh nationals and 95 Indian suspects that included 35 smugglers were also apprehended, the officer said quoting the same data.

A dozen Pakistani nationals, who had inadvertently crossed the IB fence, were also handed back to the other side, he said.

''The BSF remains committed to ensuring the security of the border with Pakistan through active communication and coordination with all stakeholders,'' the force said in a statement.


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