200 Trained Militants Waiting For Infiltration: IG BSF
24 July 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: More than 200 trained militants are waiting at various launching pads along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC) to get an opportunity to infiltrate into this side. Inspector General, Border Security Force Jammu Frontier, Bansi Dhar Sharma, who took over the charge recently told media-persons during an informal chat today that several intelligence inputs regarding presence of militant groups at various launching pads have been received by Frontier headquarters and a strict vigil is being maintained to check any infiltration attempt. Referring to the border situation, the new IG said that infiltration along the International Border has decreased after completion of fencing work along a larger area. Out of the total 187 kms International Border in Jammu sector, the fencing work along more than 140 kms has been completed besides completion of flood lights work along 85 kms. Some nullahs and riverine areas remained unplugged but extra vigil is maintained there by BSF men. To a question on the number of launching pads situated closer to border where militants are held up, Mr Sharma said as per inputs reaching here, about 20 such pads are there along border but most of them are situated along the LoC.' It is not easy to cross the border as jawans are well equipped with night vision devices and censors are there to keep watch on the activities of infiltrators.' When asked about tampering with the fencing by the militants by using specially designed gadgets, the IG said till now no such information has been received in Jammu sector. But reports reaching here have indicated that infiltrators are also being trained to perform the tampering job and work against the censors and other instruments installed along border by Army and BSF. Referring to the fencing project, the IG said that target date given for the completion of fencing along 187 kms International Border in Jammu was March 2006, but as per the progress of work is concerned, the project will be completed one year ahead ( i.e. March 2005) of the scheduled date. Mr Sharma also referred to the influx of Bangladeshi nationals in Jammu area and said that their movement has increased in Jammu sector recently as many of them were captured while crossing over to Pakistan. In response to a question, he said ' We do not think any security threat from these Bangla nationals but there is urgent need to deal with the emerging situation. We are studying this problem, discussing it with civil administration and other agencies. They usually try to exfiltrate through unfenced gaps at nullahs and riverine areas in Samba sector,' he maintained. In response to yet another question, the IG said after the cease-fire agreement there is no firing along the International Border in Jammu sector. Not even a single shot has been fired from the either side. But earlier, the BSF lost six jawans in Pakistani firing while performing fencing work and 32 sustained bullet injuries in Jammu sector in past three to four years. Besides border management and internal security duty, the BSF is also assisting the other security agencies involved in the security of Shri Amarnath pilgrims. He said BSF has given the task of protection of convoy from Jammu to Shaitani Nallah near Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal. The jawans are performing this task with utmost vigil and alertness on Jammu- Srinagar highway, he added. Deputy Inspector General BSF, S I D Peter (PSO to IG), Jammu Sector Commander DIG P K Mishra, Addl DIG (Ops) Alok Sinha and Addl DIG (G), R S Panwar were also present.