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India to deploy anti-drone system on borders soon: Home minister Shah

Speaking at an event in Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab, he said the Narendra Modi government is dedicated to the region’s security and development.

Indian home minister Amit Shah (ANI Photo/Jitender Gupta)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday (26) made a significant announcement that his government would deploy an anti-drone system on the borders “soon”.

Speaking at the 31st Northern Zonal Council meeting in Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab, he said the Narendra Modi government is dedicated to the region’s security and development.

“The unwavering vigilance of our security agencies has resulted in numerous successful operations against terrorists and drug traffickers in the region. To further strengthen the region’s security apparatus, an anti-drone system will soon be deployed along our country’s borders,” the minister, who is the second most powerful leader in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party after prime minister Narendra Modi, said. 

Smuggling of arms, ammunition and narcotics from across the international border to Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been a major problem confronting the border guarding forces. The northern part of India has borders with two neighbours — Pakistan and China — whose relations with India are far from smooth.

During the meeting, some crucial issues concerning the member states in particular and the country as a whole were discussed, according to a statement by the Indian ministry of home affairs.

The meeting was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the chief ministers of the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh; the lieutenant governors of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and top bureaucrats and officials.

Shah said that the majority of personnel in the Central Armed Police Forces and Army, guarding the country’s borders, come from the states and Union Territories in the Northern Zonal Council. He said under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi, the government has been successful in cracking down on narcotics and terrorism.

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