Months before the suspected drone-drop of explosives at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging the “serious implications” of delivery of weapons and contraband from Pakistan via low-flying Sub-Conventional Aerial Platforms including UAVs and drones.
Top security officials in Punjab told The Indian Express that the letter detailing the threat and the need for counter-measures was sent in November before the CM met Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the same issue.
Officials said over the last two years in Punjab, there have been between 70-80 sightings of drones – and some cases of their being shot down. After the note to the PM, high-level meetings were held between state intelligence heads, Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF).
In his letter, dated November 21, 2020, Singh referred to the dropping of rifles and pistols by a Chinese-made hexagonal drone in August 2019 at Hoshiarnagar, Amritsar. And to drone sightings in Ferozepur and Tarn Taran sectors the previous fortnight.
The Chief Minister warned that the delivery of long-range weapons from across the border about 5 km deep into Indian territory at a “pre-designated point, through a large sized drone is a matter of national security concern.” And has serious implications for “security of highly threatened…