Pakistan is using drones to dump weapons like AK-47s across the Line of Control at night, the Jammu and Kashmir police said today, revealing that assault rifles and a pistol had been found at a village in Akhnoor last night. Evidence points to the role of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, which is involved in major terror attacks including the Pulwama strike, the police said.
Based on specific inputs that weapons were air-dropped by a Pakistani drone at a village in the dead of night, the Jammu and Kashmir police searched the area. Two AK assault rifles, a pistol, three AK magazines and 90 rounds were seized from Zad Sohal village, the police said.
Two consignments of arms and ammunition have been found in Akhnoor, which is around 12 km from the border. The weapons were meant to be handed over to terrorists in the Kashmir Valley, said the police.
"Our initial probe suggests Jaish-e-Mohammed is behind this," said senior Jammu officer Shridhar Patil.
There were sightings of Pakistan-origin drones near the border in Punjab last year, after which the police alerted the Border Security Force.
Punjab Police also reported on drones dropping AK-47 rifles, grenades and satellite phones in October last year. Officials believed the weapons were meant for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.