“The capture of this type of target has added a new dimension to our security threats from terrorists. We have taken countermeasures. ”
Drones have added a new dimension to threats to the security of terrorist groups, and investigations into the attack on the IAF station in Jammu last month show the involvement of non-state actors, backed by state actors such as the Pakistan Ammunition Factory, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said Tuesday.
He also pointed out that in the past, drones across the border have been used to drop currency, weapons and ammunition inside Indian territory and that with the introduction of air vehicles without pilot (UAV) in terrorist activities, more effort is needed to ensure this. that this new and emerging threat be effectively neutralized.
Mr. Singh, an IPS agent from 1987, spoke about various issues during an interview with PTI, and these included the current situation on the activism front and the new threats that have emerged with the use of drones by terrorist groups like the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“The drones arrived recently, say in September of last year. First of all, it was a big surprise, but we were able to mobilize our resources to counter this threat. I am happy to report that when using drones carrying weapons and narcotics and other explosives … our security grid, intelligence grid of the police and security agencies, has been very effective in taking countermeasures, ”said the DGP.
“We were able to intercept about 32 sorties out of about 40 sorties that were made,” Singh said.
However, what happened on the night of June 26-27 at the Jammu Indian Air Force (IAF) station, where drones were used to drop improvised explosive devices (IEDs), was “a very condemnable incident and a very bad share of non-state actors (terrorist groups) who are likely to have been supported by state actors (Pakistani army or ISI), “he said.
“Capturing this type of target has added a new dimension to our security threats from terrorists. We have taken countermeasures. Some additional technologies have been deployed along the border. We are trying to take precautions. additional with regard to vital facilities, ”said Singh said.
When asked to give details of the investigations into the drone attack on the IAF station in Jammu, he said the investigation suggests a few things such as the flight path of the drones suggests that they came from Pakistan to the airfield, and the air distance from the IAF station to the international border is 14 kms.
The second and most important part that emerged during the investigation, was that the expert opinion “suggests that IEDs may have been made by a well-organized unit such as an ammunition unit … he suggested some imprints from an ammunition unit so that kind of assessment was there, ”Singh said.
The other aspect was that the explosive material used in IEDs was RDX and that it is not available on the open market. This is a military grade explosive material and it certainly must have come from a government agency across the border, he said.
IEDs, weighing around six to seven kg, which were seized on the same day of the attack on the IAF base in another part of Jammu were also dropped from a drone and recovered by a terrorist who was subsequently arrested, the DGP said.
The terrorist group LeT regularly uses drones to drop weapons, drugs and money, he said.
“This act (the attack on the Jammu IAF station) also seems to have some signatures from LeT … some indications like the type of explosives used and the nature of the explosive and the nature of the manufacture, definitely suggest that Apart from non-state actors, state actors must also have been involved in the process, ”Singh said.
He said drones in the recent past have not only been used to drop weapons and ammunition, but also to send money to maintain the terrorist network in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The money dropped by the drones was in Indian currency. The amount was not very large. It was only 50,000 yen, but even that amount for a particular person to do a particular job is enough for a terrorist attack, “he said without sharing further details. .
Mr. Singh said the money came in other forms as well. “Some people visited Pakistan and came back with tiffin holders as gifts. Around the metal and plastic part of the tiffin box, in the cavity, where the Pakistani banknotes were. tiffin box could easily carry 1 lakh to ₹ 2 lakh rupees to be handed over to some OGW (ground workers) working in Jammu and Doda areas, ”he said.
“We were able to capture a lot of these items that came from Pakistan thanks to people who visited these places. Other than that, during one of our searches, we were able to catch, I think, ₹ 26 lakh of cash from a truck that came from Samba in Kashmir. This money was also made mostly from narcotics from Punjab, “Singh said.
Earlier in Handwara, over ₹ 1 crore and ₹ 20-25 lakhs were seized by police from a narcotics trafficker who distributed money to OGWs and active terrorists and their families, the DGP said, adding that these incidents have been brought to our attention and serious measures have been taken in this regard.
“But drones, we absolutely must redouble our efforts to ensure that this emerging threat is effectively neutralized,” he added.