In the recent development in the drone threats in the J&K valley, 3 more drones were sighted in Jammu just days after attack on the IAF base rocked the J&K valley. The three drones were spotted at three different spots on Jammu outskirts on the wee hours of Tuesday night and early Wednesday. After the explosion and the continuous drone sighting, the security agencies in the country are on the edge.
According to new emerging reports, multiple drones were sighted in the Jammu valley. The first drone was sighted at 9:23 PM on Tuesday night in the Miran Sahib region. The next two drones were sighted at Kaluchak and Kunjwani regions at wee hours of Wednesday morning – 4:40 AM and 4:52 AM.
Drones Sighted On Everyday Basis after IAF Attack
It should be noted that since the drone attack that shook the IAF station in Jammu on Sunday, drones have been sighted this week on an everyday basis. On Monday, just a day after the attack on IAF station, drones were spotted at the Ratnuchak-Kunjawani regions. While the first sighting was reported at 1:08 AM at Ratunchak, the next two sightings were reported from Kunjwani at 3:09 AM and 4:19 AM.
Although the Indian Army did not confirm on the sighting immediately, later on Monday, Army PRO Lt. Colonel Devender Anand was quoted by Indian Express saying-
“A major threat was thwarted by the alertness and proactive approach of troops. The security forces are on high alert and a search operation is in progress.”
PM Modi Chairs High Level Meeting with NSA and Defence Minister
Amid the rising security threats due to futuristic technologies such as drones, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. According to the sources familiar with the matter, the meeting was regarding the futuristic warfare challenges in Indian defence sector and how Indian armed forces can be equipped with modern equipment.
The meeting came at a time when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was on a 3-day visit to Ladakh. Singh’s Ladakh visit pertained to security review and the situation in the Union Territory. An ANI report said that Singh will be debriefed by the top Indian Air Force officials on the recent drone attack and other high-level defence officials too will take part in the meeting.
Moreover, the Indian Defence Minister will also be given a detailed account of the increase in drone sightings in J&K. A Hindustan Times report cited that Pakistan makes the use of drones to illegally transport and drop arms, drugs, weapons and money to inject capital required for terrorism in Kashmir.
Over 300 Drones Sighting Since Article 370 Was Revoked
Although the attack with drones on the IAF base was first of its kind in India, drone sightings have been a common occurrence in the J&K region. As per the data shared by central security agencies with the Indian government, over 300 definite sightings were made by Border Security Force and relevant security units after August 5, 2019.
For the uninitiated, J&K’s special status was revoked on the aforementioned date. On the western front (Jammu and Punjab) a total of 167 sightings were registered in 2019, 77 were registered in 2020 and in 2021, till date, about 60 drone sightings have been registered.