In a major development in the Pakistani drones found in Punjab, the Home Ministry on Friday has handed over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA)for further probing. The drones were allegedly sent by Pakistan to smuggle weapons into India via Punjab. Sources report that the NIA has re-registered the case and a team is currently in Punjab to investigate the same. The issue was previously raised by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, asking Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene.
Earlier on September 24, Punjab police had recovered a half-burnt unmanned vehicle from Tarn Taran district. The police had stated that the drone was used to drop weapons from Pakistan to fuel unrest in Punjab and adjoining states. The police said the terror group - Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) was conspiring to unleash a series of strikes in Punjab and neighbouring states. During the investigation, the accused allegedly revealed to the police that drones were used to airdrop arms and ammunition from Pakistan.
Two days later, on September 26, the Punjab Police recovered another Pakistani drone at a border village in the state. The drone, according to the police, was used to airdrop arms and ammunition in Punjab. It was found in Mahawa village, by Punjab police’s counter-intelligence unit. The police were acting on information given by a terror-accused apprehended by them.
The police revealed that the accused had been identified as Akashdeep. He is allegedly a part of the terror group Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF). The drone was hidden in the undergrowth of a paddy field in the village since it couldn’t fly back to Pakistan due to certain technical malfunctions, said the police. The terror accused also reportedly accompanied the team of the State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) of the Punjab Police to the site from where the drone was seized.