Parliamentary team inspects border facilities in Jammu

26 May 2008

Jammu: A four-member parliamentary team visited the international border in Jammu to assess the prevailing security situation there, Border Security Force (BSF) sources said here today. The parliamentary sub-committee on border fencing and floodlights installation, led by Mohan Singh, paid a one day visit here yesterday. Other members of the team included Rattan Singh, Rajmohan Reddy and Madhuban. Later, the team interacted with senior BSF officials and villagers of border areas in R S Pura and Samba, the sources said. Locals apprised the team of problems being faced by them and demanded that the fencing be taken up till Zero line, the sources said, adding that the team was earlier apprised by BSF officials, who said fencing up to 100 metres near the Zero line would help security forces thwart infiltration attempts by intruders and prevent tampering of fencing by having a close surveillance. The BSF officials also said such a fencing would help farmers cultivate their land in areas where fencing was far behind the Zero line. The team, which left last evening, would submit its report later in New Delhi, the sources added.