Hard questions need to be asked about how a terror outfit a few km across the border in Pakistan was able to drop, completely undetected, two 5-6 kg improvised explosive devices (IEDs) within yards of the air traffic control tower and a parked helicopter at Jammu airport. Although the damage was not severe and fortunately did not result in any deaths, the incident — like those multiple terrorist attacks on army bases in the region since 2015 — raises some doubts about the robustness of India’s intelligence and surveillance capabilities in this sensitive border region. Though it is admittedly near-impossible to detect drones of this size (known as quadcopters) and flying at relatively low altitudes (1.2 km in this case), the fact is that the security apparatus in the region has long been well aware that Pakistan-based terrorists use drones to deliver weaponry (principally AK47 rifles), IEDs, and drugs to colleagues across the border in Punjab and Jammu and have, in fact, been flying several such sorties in recent weeks.
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First Published: Mon, June 28 2021. 22:40 IST