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Drones sent from Pak for 7 to 8 times to deliver arms in Punjab: Police


NL Correspondent
Chandigarh, Sept 25

GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kg flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times to airdrop the cache of arms, ammunition and fake currency seized in 's Tarn Taran district, a police probe revealed on Wednesday.
It was the first incident reported in Punjab, in which drones were used to drop weapons and communication devices, among others, from across the border, an official said, adding that a half-burnt drone used in the operation was recovered from Tarn Taran.
Punjab Police on Sunday had claimed to have busted a terror module of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a group based in Pakistan and Germany. It said the terror group was conspiring to unleash a series of strikes in Punjab and adjoining states.
Four members of the module–Balwant Singh, alias Nihang, Akashdeep Singh alias Akash Randhawa, Harbhajan Singh and Balbir Singh–were arrested from the outskirts of Chohla Sahib village in Tarn Taran on the same day.
During questioning, the accused told investigators that GPS-fitted “big” drones were used to drop arms and ammunition from across the border in Tarn Taran district, an official of the Counter-Intelligence wing of Punjab Police said on Wednesday.
“Drones were sent from across the border for seven to eight times to deliver arms and ammunition,” the official said, adding that consignment of weapons was delivered this month.
One drone could lift up to 10 kg of weight, he added.
Five AK-47 rifles, 16 magazines and 472 rounds of ammunition, four Chinese-made .30 bore pistols, along with eight magazines and 72 rounds of ammunition; nine hand grenades, five satellite phones with their ancillary equipment, two mobile phones, two wireless sets and fake currency with a face value of Rs 10 lakh were seized.
Though investigations are under way, it is believed that the weapons meant were to be used to spread terror in and .

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