100 UFOs Sighted in J&K: Army

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Srinagar – Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) reportedly sighted over 100 Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) on the skyline of Jammu and Kashmir between August 1 and October 15 this year.

According to a report published in India Today, ITBP has mentioned the details of UFO sightings in a report sent to the Delhi headquarters and to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The report described the mysterious object as “Unidentified Luminous Objects” and ruled out the possibility of saying it as aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites.

“These were not unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites, say Army officials who have studied the hazy photographs taken by ITBP,” the India Today report cited.

The army, which recorded the sightings of drones separately, had made several efforts to identify the airborne objects. UFO sightings have been reported from the region of Ladakh in the past too. But the continual sighting of the celestial object made the army to conduct detailed study of it in order to understand the phenomena. The team tried to detect the object in early September with a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyzer, but the effort ended in vain as the Radar failed to identify the object.

Later in the same month, a group of astronomers from Indian Astronomical Observatory, who observed the phenomena for three days, asserted the flying objects were “non celestial”. The India Today report quoted a senior Army official saying as “Something is clearly wrong, if our combined scientific resources can’t explain the phenomena.”

In 2003, 14 Corps from the same region reported the sighting of non-celestial objects but the report was rejected by the then army chief, General N C Vij calling it as hallucinations.

Though there were reports of UFO sightings in India, in most of the cases the sightings did not lead to further expedition. In 2004, an expedition led by Anil Kulkarni of the ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmadabad captured a robot like object from the Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. This too remained as mystery like any other.

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