2-3rd length of border bund along IB demolished18 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: With bund along the International Border (IB) with Pakistan is proving beneficial for the anti-national elements and militants to secretly watch the movement of the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, 2-3rd length of the bund has been demolished so far and remaining would be razed in the next phase soon after receiving nod from the Border Management Department of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Official sources said that in order to curb infiltration, smuggling and other anti-national activities from across the border, the Union Government in the year 2000 approved the construction of fencing, flood lighting and roads along the International Border in Jammu and assigned the task to the Border Security Force (BSF). Accordingly, the BSF started fencing of the International Border. But right from the very beginning Pakistan troops didn’t allow the fencing work to go smoothly and started resorting to firing on the work force every now and then thereby disrupting the work badly. In order to ensure that fencing work goes on smoothly and provide safety to the workforce from the small arms firing from Pakistan side, the Border Security Force constructed bund ahead of fencing line towards the Pakistan side and this helped BSF to fence 186 kilometers of IB as against total 210 kilometers length of border. Similarly, under the protection of bund the border guards also succeeded in illuminating 176.04 kilometer length of the IB by March 2006. 'However, with the passage of time, the anti-national elements and militants started using bund as a cover to secretly watch the movement of the border guards and push in the armed infiltrators on getting the opportunity', sources said, adding 'the bund also started creating problems for the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in maintaining hawk’s eye on the Pakistan side'. 'Under the cover of bund, the anti-national elements succeeded in pushing armed militants in this side of border or carry out smuggling of the narcotics prompting the BSF to raise the issue with the MHA', sources said, adding 'as the bund had virtually become watch posts for the militants to monitor movement of Indian border guards, the MHA ordered demolition of bund all along the International Border'. A senior BSF officer said that 2-3rd length of the border bund has been demolished so far and the remaining would be razed soon after receiving nod from the Border Management Department of the MHA. 'The remaining length of border bund would be demolished during the next and last phase, which is likely to be sanctioned by the MHA in near future', he added. To a question, he said, 'there is remarkable improvement in the vigil along the border in those areas where the bund has been demolished', adding 'now we are able to maintain eye on any activity deep into the Pakistan territory'. 'Following the demolition of bund from remaining area, there would be no hindrance in keeping watch on each and every activity on other side all along the International Border', he said, adding 'no doubt the construction of bund and now its demolition involves huge burden on the exchequer yet security and integrity of the country is of prime importance'. It is pertinent to mention here that fencing along the International Border is also being re-aligned to benefit those farmers whose land falls ahead of fencing towards Pakistan side. According to officials, at least 85 infiltration bids have taken place along the border in Jammu and Kashmir till November. A total of 235 Pakistan-based terrorists attempted to infiltrate this year, but only 52 could succeed. Intelligence reports suggested that around 2,500 terrorists are active in training camps and launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some other areas in Pakistan and all of them were primarily trained to infiltrate into India. 'This infrastructure continues to be sponsored by ISI to recruit, train, finance, arm and infiltrate terrorists into India,' the official said.