JAMMU, Nov 24: Police today recovered a consignment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), pistols and cash dropped by a drone from across the border in Samba district and averted what could have been a major terror attack by the militants later had the consignment landed in their hands.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Abhishek Mahajan told the Excelsior that local people saw the consignment, somewhere between Ramgarh and Vijaypur, about five-six kilometres away from the International Border, at around 6.15 am and they informed the police.
He said the Bomb Disposal Squad recovered two unassembled IEDs with detonators, two Chinese pistols, 4 magazines with 60 rounds and Rs 5 lakh in Rs 500 denomination. The consignment was covered in a wooden box with a steel base, the SSP said.
“It is a case of cross-border drone-dropping. We are investigating it,” he said.
“The consignment could have been used for any untoward incident, but the attempt has been foiled,” he added.
The SSP said the police team and the local people will be rewarded.
During past few months, police and security forces have recovered a number of consignments dropped by the drones along the International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.
“There has been an increase in drone droppings along the border with Pakistan in Jammu region and Punjab. Besides arms, ammunition and explosives; narcotics and cash are also being dropped through the drones,” the sources said. Most of such attempts have been foiled by security forces and police.