NIA takes over Jammu Air Force Station drone attack probe

Military installations on high alert
NIA takes over Jammu Air Force Station drone attack probe
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Mir Imran for Greater Kashmir

Jammu, June 29: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday took over the probe into the June 27 Jammu Air Force Station drone attack.

Though it had been working with other agencies right from day one yet the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) this morning handed over the investigation to it.

In pursuance to the MHA order, the NIA took over the investigation from Jammu and Kashmir Police, re-registered the case and initiated “requisite actions as per law for expeditious probe.”

As per an official statement, the NIA re-registered the case FIR No. 170/2021 of Police Station Satwari, Jammu, dated June 27 as RC-03/2021/NIA/JMU under sections 3 & 4 of Explosive Substances Act, 1908, sections 13, 16, 18 and 23 of the UA (P) Act, 1967 and sections 307, 120B of IPC, 1860.

“The case relates to an explosion that occurred inside the premises of the Air Force Station, Satwari campus, Jammu on June 27 and a subsequent blast, after about 6 minutes carried out by drones in a well-planned conspiracy that led to the injury to two Air Force personnel and damaged the office buildings,” it said.

Officials stated that immediately after the MHA order, the premier investigation agency took all the documents and other evidence collected from the scene of occurrence by different agencies in its possession. Besides JKP, National Security Guards (NSG), Air Force officials and anti terror squad of Delhi Police's Special Cell too were part of the probe into the incident, being perceived as a major attack.

The investigating agencies are still clueless as to whether the drones were being operated from across the border or were being handled from the adjoining areas of the Technical Airport, which is a high-security zone. Similarly confusion persisted over the kind of explosives used.

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has stated that drones were used to drop explosive material, which was more likely to be RDX. Singh had even hinted at the involvement of LeT module in this case.

Some reports suggested the recovery of two unexploded IEDs from the site yet officially it could not be confirmed.

Meanwhile, consecutively for the second day, separate reports of drone movement around Sunjwan Military Station, Kunjwani and Ratnuchak cantonment after 2.30 am were received. However, the army officially did not issue any release about drone activity today.

A senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity, did confirm the incident yet refused to elaborate on this account. “See we’re in the midst of a probe so it will not be appropriate to share any half-baked details in this connection,” was his terse reply.

“Following regular incidents of drone spotting, the security forces continued searches in some peripheral areas of Jammu city today also. All attempts to trace the drones or any clues about them have failed so far. However, as a precautionary move, all the military installations were put on high alert,” said another official.

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