Amid rising tension following the fierce engagement between India and Pakistan across LoC, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Ferozepur on Friday apprehended an Indian national with a Pakistani SIM card from the border areas of Punjab.
"Punjab: BSF in Ferozepur has arrested an Indian national near border out post, Maboke and seized a mobile phone with Pakistani SIM card, in use, from his possession," the news agency ANI reported.
Punjab: BSF in Ferozepur has arrested an Indian national near border out post, Maboke&seized a mobile phone with Pakistani SIM card, in use, from his possession. The number is added to 8 Pak groups. 6 other Pak phone numbers also retrieved from him. The man is from Moradabad (UP)— ANI (@ANI) March 1, 2019
The number, which was in use at the time of apprehension, is added to 8 Pakistani groups. However, the police has retireved the SIM along with a mobile phone and six other Pakistani numbers from his possession. The mystifying man, who hails from Muradabad, has been questioned and handed over to police for further investigation.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has put all air defence systems on alert to deal with the intruders along the international border and Line of Control (LoC). Security in several states sharing the border with Pakistan has also been beefed up. Police in Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra issued a high alert following the air strikes.
Border districts were put on high alert after the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday, in a pre-dawn airstrike, bombed terror camps at multiple locations across the Line of Control on the Pakistani side, 12 days after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group carried out the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir.
Adding fuel to the already worse situation, Pakistan retaliated with sending its US-made F-16 across LOC, targeting India's military establishment. MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were sent to engage with comparatively advanced F-16s. MiG-21 of the IAF even managed to bring down one F-16 of Pakistani Air Force, before being shot down.