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RPG attack in Punjab re-emphasizes poor security management and rogue drones

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oi-Vicky Nanjappa

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Posted: Tuesday May 10th 2022, 9:02 AM [IST]

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A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7:45 p.m. No damage was reported. Senior officers are on scene and an investigation is ongoing. Forensic teams have been called, Mohali Police said in a statement.

New Delhi, May 10: Police are investigating the role of two suspects believed to have fired the rocket-propelled grenade at the Punjab Police Intelligence Bureau in Mohali on Monday.

Investigative agencies learned that the suspects had fired indiscriminately and that it was not a targeted attack. The incident once again brings attention back to the drones that have populated Punjab for the past few months. Police suspect the rocket launcher may have been delivered using a drone.

An explosion occurred outside the Punjab Police Intelligence Department building in Mohali.

While the Punjab Police investigate the case, a team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will be dispatched to look into the wider ramifications.

A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7:45 p.m. No damage was reported. Senior officers are on scene and an investigation is ongoing. Forensic teams have been called, Mohali Police said in a statement.

An Intelligence Bureau official told OneIndia that drones have become a nightmare for security agencies. In 2019, a report was released on the growing threat of rogue drones.

These drones are a potential threat and the government is looking for a solution to counter this problem. In this regard, the agencies made an estimation of the data and learned that there are more than 6 lakh of rogue or unregulated drones of different sizes and capabilities.

Recent incidents like the deadly drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil company and the dropping of weapons by drones into Punjab from the Indo-Pakistan border have only alerted agencies to come up with a plan to counter the drones.

Border Security Force DIG Bhupinder Singh and other personnel display the Pakistani drone that was shot down near Bharopal village in Amritsar district

These agencies are currently investigating some specific anti-drone techniques such as Sky Fence, Drone Cannon, ATHENA, Drone Sensor, and Skywall 100 to intercept and immobilize suspicious and deadly remote-controlled aerial platforms.

A recent article titled “Drones: A new frontier for Police” published in the Indian Police Journal (IPJ) by IPS Officer and Additional Director General of Rajasthan Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh, spoke about these new techniques.

A drone cannon is capable of jamming the radio, global positioning system (GPS) and mobile signal between the drone and the pilot and forces the drone to land in time before it can cause damage. This Australian-designed weapon has an effective range of 2 km, according to the newspaper.

Another solution to blocking a deadly drone is the sky fence system which uses an array of signal disruptors to scramble the flight path and prevent them from entering their target, a sensitive facility or event location, a he declared.

Officials said prototypes of these anti-drone weapons were first displayed in an open field at a BSF camp in Bhondsi, Haryana last week as part of a nationwide conference organized by the Research Bureau. and Police Development (BPRD) on anti-drone technology.

The Center now wants to train police officers in all states to control this threat. The Office of Police Research and Development is currently in discussions with all state police chiefs so that training can be provided to counter new terrorist threats that have emerged.

Article first published: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:02 a.m. [IST]