The Punjab Police, in a joint operation with Border Security Force, Friday recovered a drone along with over 5 kg of heroin from a field near the India-Pakistan border in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.
The hexacopter, an unmanned aerial vehicle with six rotors, was recovered from Khemkaran, which is just 2 km away from the Indo-Pak border, DGP Gaurav Yadav said. He said, Punjab Police had shared pin-pointed inputs with the BSF after noticing the drone movement along the border on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. “The blue and black-coloured hexacopter (model – E616S) along with five packets of heroin weighing 5.60 kg tied to it with black tape was found lying in the agricultural land of a local resident,” the DGP said, adding that preliminary investigation suggests that the drone was equipped to lift a good amount of weight.
SSP Sukhminder Singh Mann said investigations are on to trace those who were to receive the consignment. An FIR has been registered under Sections 21-C, 23, 27-A and 29 of the NDPS Act and Sections 10, 11 and 12 of the Aircraft Act at Khemkaran police station in Tarn Taran.
On November 28, two Pakistani drones were gunned down by the BSF along the India-Pakistan border in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts.
Two hexacopters were carrying around 10 kg of heroin which were recovered by the BSF troops.
On November 30, a broken quadcopter drone was recovered from the area of village Van Tara Singh in Khalra in Tarn Taran.