1000 Addl Troops To Be Deployed On IB: DG BSF

16 May 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Khora: Admitting that the border guards could not fully foil the intrusion bid by the Pakistani terrorists in this sector on May 9, the Director General of Border Security Force (BSF), A K Mitra, today said that 1000 additional troops would be immediately deployed on the International Border (IB) with Pakistan to plug the vulnerable areas. This apart, fence on 41.5 kilometre area of International Border is also being re-aligned to bring 4000 acre of land on this side of the fence besides removal of bandh ahead of fence to maintain hawk’s eye on each and every activity on the other side of border. 'We had thought that the fencing was impregnable but our misunderstanding has been cleared with the recent infiltration bid from the Samba sector which was partially successful as only two to three terrorists might have infiltrated', Mr Mitra said while talking to the media-persons here this afternoon after paying visit to some parts of International Border in the back-drop of May 9 infiltration attempt. The inspection of spot where the intruders had cut the fence has indicated that the militants had conducted the recee of the area several times before making the ‘partial successful’ intrusion bid, he said, adding 'BSF had earlier ruled out infiltration attempt as the foot prints of the intruders were only upto the fence and not beyond that on this side'. He, however, said that even then BSF troops alerted several agencies that was why the police had laid special nakas on the highway and interior roads of the Samba sector. In reply to a question, the BSF DG said that the role of Pakistan Rangers in the infiltration bid in this sector cannot be ruled out as some cartridges used by the Rangers have been found. 'We also lodged strong protest with the Pakistan Rangers during two flag meetings but they as usual denied having extended any help to the intruders', he said, adding 'the Pakistan Rangers, however, assured to extend full cooperation to prevent such attacks'. 'The partial successful infiltration bid is a lesson and we have learnt it', Mr Mitra said, adding 'we are going to enhance the strength of the troops on the International Border by 1000 to plug the vulnerable spots'. Two more battalions of Jammu Frontier are being relieved of counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and they will be posted in Jammu region as reserves. He disclosed that more electronic gadgets which includes hand-held thermal imagers and early warning system will also be deployed to detect any attempt to breach the fence. 'I have directed my officers to think on the lines of militants and identify the routes and areas all along the International Border which can be or earlier being used by the militants for intrusion so that the latest electronic gadgets could be put to use there', the DG BSF added. He, at the same time, made it clear that each and every yard of the International Border cannot be guarded round the clock. In reply to a question, he disclosed that four infiltration attempts were made from the International Border during the current year so far. The first attempt was made on February 22 from Border Out Post of Makwal where two intruders were shot dead. The second attempt was foiled on March 3 at BOP Chak Ragwari where one infiltrator was gunned down. On April 30, an attempt was made at BOP Abdullian but the infiltrators ran away following the action by the border guards. Disclosing that fence on 41.5 kilometre area of International Border is being realigned, he said that this step is being taken as huge chunk of the land ranging between 300 metre to 1.5 kilometre has fallen on the other side of the fence making the land uncultivable. 'Because of the re-alignment of the fence, 4000 acre of land would come on this side and farmers would be able to cultivate the same', he said, adding 'of 4000 acre land, 654 acre falls in the Samba sector only'. This area had gone on the other side when the border was being hurriedly fenced amidst heightened tension between India and Pakistan. The DG BSF disclosed that the bandh all along the IB which was made for the safety purpose during the fencing of the border, is being cleared and made on this side of the fence so that border guards would be able to detect any movement on the boundary line between two countries from a long distance. In reply to another query, Mr Mitra said that G-Branch (intelligence wing of the BSF) has also given information that about 400 militants were awaiting on the other side of the border to infiltrate as and when get opportunity. He, however, made it clear that the border guards were ready to foil each and every attempt, adding the realignment of fence, removal of bandh and use of advanced electronic gadgets would prove boon for the BSF troops. About the recovery of huge haul of heroin, the BSF DG said that the contraband was being smuggled to fund militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.