New Delhi: Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the Indian Air Defence radars on Monday detected an unidentified flying object from the the neighbouring side. The Pakistani drone which violated the Indian airspace near Bikaner-Nal sector area in Rajasthan was shot down by a Sukhoi 30MKI at 11.30 AM today, reports claimed.

Soon after the Indian Air Force jets scrambled and fired the drone, the debris apparently landed on the other side near Fort Abbas. According to the reports of ANI, the Pakistani drone had entered the Indian air space to know about the Indian Defence positions in the desert sector.

Notably, this is the second drone which has been shot down since the IAF carried out the air strikes on the JeM terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26.

The first Pakistani drone was shot down on the morning of February 26 after it intruded Indian air space in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The drone was spotted by India’s alert air defence near the Naliya Air Base in Gujarat which is very close to the international border. India attacked the drone and the debris of the Pakistani UAV was seen near Nanghatad village in Abdasa taluka of Kutch, said police sources.

On hearing a loud sound around 6 AM, villagers went to the spot and found the debris of the UAV, the sources said. Asked if a Pakistani UAV had been shot down by the Indian armed forces, a police official, on condition of anonymity, said, “Such an incident has happened, we are investigating the matter.” The drone was downed by the Spyder air defence system using its Derby missile.

Earlier on February 26, in a pre-dawn strike, combat jets of Indian Air Force bombed terror camps at multiple locations across the Line of Control (LoC) on the Pakistani side, 12 days after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group carried out the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir.

(With Agency inputs)