Drones have added a brand new dimension to safety threats from terror teams and investigations into the assault on the Jammu IAF station final month present the involvement of “non-State actors” supported by State actors such because the ordnance factory of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh mentioned on Tuesday.
IMAGE: The Jammu air drive station. Photograph: Shilpa Thakur/ANI Photo.
He additionally identified that in the previous, drones from throughout the border have been used to drop foreign money, arms and ammunition inside Indian territory and with the introduction of unmanned aerial autos (UAVs) in terror actions, extra efforts are required to see to it that this new and rising menace is neutralised successfully.
Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, spoke on numerous points throughout an interview with PTI, and these included the current scenario on the militancy entrance and the brand new threats which have emerged with the usage of drones by terror outfits just like the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT).
“Drones have come just lately, say, in September final yr. First, that got here as an enormous shock, however we had been in a position to gear up our assets to counter that menace. I’m completely satisfied to report that in instances of use of drones carrying weapons and narcotics and different explosives… our safety grid, intelligence grid of police and safety companies, was very efficient in taking countermeasures,” the DGP mentioned.
“We had been in a position to intercept round 32 sorties out of roughly 40 sorties which had been made,” Singh mentioned.
However, what occurred through the intervening evening of June 26 and 27 on the Jammu Indian Air Force (IAF) station, the place drones had been used to drop improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs), was “a really condemnable incident and really fallacious form of doing on the a part of non-State actors (terror teams) who’re more likely to have been supported by State actors (Pakistan military or ISI)”, he mentioned.
“Picking up this sort of a goal has added a brand new dimension to our safety threats from terrorists. We have taken countermeasures. Certain further applied sciences have been deployed alongside the border. We try to take additional precaution with regard to very important installations,” Singh mentioned.
When requested to offer particulars of investigations into the drone assault on the IAF station in Jammu, he mentioned the probe suggests a few issues just like the flight path of the drones suggests they got here from Pakistan proper to the airfield, and the aerial distance from the IAF station to the worldwide border is 14 km.
The second and most necessary half that emerged through the investigation, was that professional opinion “recommended that the IEDs could have been fabricated by a nicely organised unit like an ordnance unit…it recommended sure footprints of an ordnance unit in order that form of evaluation was there”, Singh mentioned.
The different side was that the explosive materials which was used in the IEDs was RDX and this isn’t obtainable in the open market. It is a army grade explosive materials and it positively should have been sourced from a authorities company from throughout the border, he mentioned.
IEDs, weighing round six to seven kg, which had been seized on the identical day of the IAF base assault, from one other a part of Jammu had additionally been dropped from a drone and picked up by a terrorist who was subsequently arrested, the DGP mentioned.
The LeT terror group has been utilizing drones for dropping weapons, medicine and cash frequently, he mentioned.
“This act (assault on Jammu IAF station) additionally appears to have sure signatures of the LeT… sure indications just like the form of explosives used and nature of the explosive and nature of fabrication, positively recommended that aside from non-state actors, state actors additionally should have been involved in the method,” Singh mentioned.
He mentioned drones in the latest previous haven’t solely been used to drop arms and ammunition, but in addition have been used to ship cash to take care of the fear community in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The cash dropped from drones was in Indian foreign money. Amount was not very large. It was solely Rs 50,000 however even this quantity for a specific individual to do a specific job is nice sufficient for one terror assault,” he mentioned with out sharing additional particulars.
Singh mentioned money has come in different kinds too. “Some individuals had visited Pakistan and returned with tiffin carriers as a present merchandise. Around the tiffin field’s metallic and plastic half, inside the cavity, had been foreign money notes from Pakistan. So, a tiffin field may simply carry Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh rupees to be given to explicit OGWs (over floor employees) working in areas of Jammu and Doda,” he mentioned.
“We had been in a position to seize a lot of such objects which got here from Pakistan by individuals who visited these locations. Other than that, throughout considered one of our searches we had been in a position to catch, I believe, Rs 26 lakh of money from a truck which was coming from Samba to Kashmir. That cash additionally was principally realised from narcotics from Punjab,” Singh mentioned.
Earlier, in Handwara, greater than Rs 1.25 crore was seized by the police from a narcotics smuggler who was distributing money amongst OGWs and energetic terrorists and their households, the DGP mentioned, including that these incidents have come to our discover and critical motion has been taken on that rely.
“But drones, we positively must put in extra effort to see that this rising menace is neutralised successfully,” he added.