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Three more drones spotted in Jammu, Pak say no role in Indian Air Force base attack

The fear of drones is refusing to die down, as armed forces spotted flying objects at three separate places in Jammu for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.

Reports said that drones were seen hovering over Miran Sahib, Kaluchak and Kunjwani areas of Jammu, where the military has a significant presence.

“Around 4:40 am one unidentified flying object with the height of 1000 meters was sighted near Goswami enclave Kaluchak and about 4:52 am one more flying object was seen near Air Force signal Kunjwani area,” sources said, adding that all the activity was witnessed near defence installations.

In the last four days, at least seven drones have been spotted in and around Jammu’s vital military installations.

Meanwhile, Director General of National Security Guard, MA Ganapathy, who is also DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Director General Central Industrial Security Force, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal arrived in Jammu to assess the situation, which is emerging post drone strikes on the Indian Air Force.

Officials said that the they visited Air Forces Station and assessed the situation.

They said they chaired a high-level security preparedness meeting at Police Headquarters Jammu. “Top police officers from Jammu division along with officers from the intelligence agencies also participated in the meeting,” they said.

Meanwhile, the authorities in Rajouri have banned the operation of drones and low flying objects, following the Sunday attack on a military installation in Jammu with drones.

Following the order, issued by Rajouri district magistrate RK Shavan, the government agencies using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance will have to first inform the local police station and the executive magistrate.

The order stated that those who have drones for commercial use like wedding photography, movie making, survey etc. asked to deposit their drones to the nearest police station against proper receipt.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office categorically rejected a reported statement of Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy regarding the recent drone attack in Jammu.

Two explosives-laden drones crashed into the IAF station at Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, perhaps the first time that suspected Pakistan-based militants have used unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack.

Reddy had reportedly said that Pakistan’s role in the attack cannot be denied.

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