On June 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a meeting with Union Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and National Security Agency executive Ajit Doval discussing the challenges of the defence sector. The meeting was conducted in light of a recent attack at the Indian Air Force Base in Jammu. The agenda of the meeting was to equip Indian armed forces with modern pieces of devices.
Following the attack, a series of drones were also spotted over Jammu. The drone was spotted by the army at the Kaluchak-Ratnuchak military station. Army PRO Lt Colonel Devender Anand stated that due to the proactive approach of the troops, a major threat was thwarted, security forces are alert, and patrolling has increased. The use of commercially cheap drones instead of weapons and ammunition is the first such attack from across the border.
The drone on Tuesday was spotted thrice at the Ratnuchak-Kunjwani area. The first drone was spotted at 1:08 am at Ratnuchak, then again at 3:09 am, and later at 4:19 am near Kunjwani. The major threat was averted by open firing at the drones and increasing the security alert in the area.
Congress general secretary and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala commented on the attacks, urging the Modi government to take advice from strategic experts and implement plans strategically against future attacks.
The Special Secretary of India, Mr V S K Kaumudi attended a discussion at the United Nations on ‘Global Surge of Terrorism.’
He highlighted the various threats India has been facing pertaining to the misuse of the internet for acts of terrorism including spreading propaganda on social media, crowd-funding and financing for recruitment of militants, radicalization on the internet have given rise to terrorist elements. He further stated the usage of drones to attack is a serious matter and should be paid utmost vigilance.
The drone attacks come after a blast at the Indian Air Force station in Jammu. On June 27, two explosives were airdropped at the Air Force station. The first blast took place at 1:27 am and in a matter of five minutes, another one went off at 1:32 am.
The first explosive was dropped at a building roof, while the other went off in an open area. Two air force officials were injured in the blast – Warrant Officer Arvind Singh and Leading Aircraftman S K Singh and were immediately provided medical assistance. The airbase also serves as a civilian airport, the director of the airport, Pravat Ranjan Beuria, stated the attack did not disrupt the airport schedule.
The police of Jammu and Kashmir along with the National Security Guard (NSG), and the National Security Agency (NSA) is currently investigating the attacks.
A complaint was filed at the Satwari police station under Section 16, 18, and 23 (Explosive Substance Act) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 120 B and 307 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).