He additionally identified that previously, drones from across the border have been used to drop forex, arms and ammunition inside Indian territory and with the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in terror actions, extra efforts are required to see to it that this new and rising menace is neutralised successfully.
Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, spoke on numerous points throughout an interview with PTI, and these included the current state of affairs on the militancy entrance and the brand new threats which have emerged with the use of drones by terror outfits just like the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“Drones have come recently, say in September last year. First, that came as a big surprise, but we were able to gear up our resources to counter that threat. I am happy to report that in cases of use of drones carrying weapons and narcotics and other explosives… our security grid, intelligence grid of police and security agencies, was very effective in taking countermeasures,” the DGP said.
“We have been in a position to intercept round 32 sorties out of roughly 40 sorties which have been made,” Singh said.
However, what happened during the intervening night of June 26 and 27 at the Jammu Indian Air Force (IAF) station, where drones were used to drop improvised explosive devices (IEDs), was “a really condemnable incident and really mistaken form of doing on the half of non-state actors (terror teams) who’re prone to have been supported by state actors (Pakistan military or ISI)”, he said.
“Picking up this type of a goal has added a brand new dimension to our safety threats from terrorists. We have taken countermeasures. Certain further applied sciences have been deployed alongside the border. We try to take further precaution with regard to very important installations,” Singh said.
When asked to give details of investigations into the drone attack on the IAF station in Jammu, he said the probe suggests a couple of things like the flight path of the drones suggests they came from Pakistan right to the airfield, and the aerial 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 expert opinion “instructed that the IEDs might have been fabricated by a properly organised unit like an ordnance unit…it instructed sure footprints of an ordnance unit so that sort of evaluation was there”, Singh said.
The other aspect was that the explosive material which was used in the IEDs was RDX and this is not available in the open market. It is a military grade explosive material and it definitely must have been sourced from a government agency from across the border, he said.
IEDs, weighing around six to seven kgs, which were seized on the same day of the IAF base attack, from another part of Jammu had also been dropped from a drone and collected by a terrorist who was subsequently arrested, the DGP said.
The LeT terror group has been on a regular basis using drones for dropping weapons, drugs and money, he said.
“This act (assault on Jammu IAF station) additionally appears to have sure signatures of the LeT… sure indications like the sort of explosives used and nature of the explosive and nature of fabrication, positively instructed that other than non-state actors, state actors additionally should have been concerned within the course of,” Singh said.
He said drones in the recent past have not only been used to drop arms and ammunition, but also has been used to send money to maintain the terror network in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The cash dropped from drones was in Indian forex. Amount was not very big. It was solely Rs 50,000 however even this quantity for a specific individual to do a specific job is sweet sufficient for one terror attack,” he said without sharing further details.
Singh said cash has come in other forms too. “Some folks had visited Pakistan and returned with tiffin carriers as a present merchandise. Around the tiffin field’s metallic and plastic half, throughout the cavity, the place forex notes from Pakistan. So, a tiffin field may simply carry Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh rupees to be given to explicit OGWs (over floor staff) working in areas of Jammu and Doda,” he said.
“We have been in a position to seize a big quantity of such gadgets which got here from Pakistan by way of individuals who visited these locations. Other than that, throughout one of our searches we have been in a position to catch, I believe, Rs 26 lakh of money from a truck which was coming from Samba to Kashmir. That cash additionally was mainly realised from narcotics from Punjab,” Singh said.
Earlier in Handwara, more than Rs 1 crore and Rs 20-25 lakhs was seized by police from a narcotics smuggler who was distributing cash among OGWs and active terrorists and their families, the DGP said, adding so these incidents have come to our notice and serious action has been taken on that count.
“But drones, we positively have to put in additional effort to see that this rising menace is neutralised successfully,” he added.