The black coloured flying object was shot at a distance of 300 metres from the international border, and 150 metres from the border fence, said the BSF. It said the drone, which was a hexa-copter with 4 power batteries, weighed about 23 kgs, and could carry a payload of around 10 kgs. However, it was not carrying any drugs, arms or ammunition.
The BSF said that a search operation is being carried out in incident area. The border guarding force has shot down 2 such drones that originated in Pakistan and were carrying arms and ammunition, in the past. Both the incidents happened in the Punjab frontier area.
BSF Director General (DG) Pankaj Kumar Singh said that there have been a total of 67 drone sightings along the border in Punjab, Jammu areas in 2021.
The DG said on eve of 57th Raising Day of the force, “Right now, the frequency of drones that are coming to our country are fairly small and these are by-and-large Chinese-made drones...they are very good...and carrying small payloads and in 95 per cent cases they are carrying drugs.”