Stretches alongside border with Pakistan stay susceptible; BSF strikes to plug gaps

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22

The early morning incident on Saturday, during which the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel shot lifeless 5 Pakistani intruders in Punjab’s Tarn Taran sector, has as soon as once more pointed in direction of the vulnerability of sure stretches alongside the worldwide border to smuggling and infiltration.

According to the BSF sources, recoveries from the lifeless individuals embrace one AK-47 assault rifle, 4 pistols, forex notes and a cache of medicine. The intruders had been killed after they opened fireplace on being challenged by the BSF. There had been intelligence stories of elevated smuggling actions alongside the border, sources stated.

The space of the incident is the accountability of BSF’s 103 Battalion. Punjab Police personnel are additionally on the scene and the duty of building the id of the lifeless is below manner.

Also learn: BSF shoots 5 intruders close to Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Tarn Taran

Despite extra measures to plug gaps being proposed, particularly after the phobia assaults in Pathankot and Gurdaspur, the worldwide border in Punjab and Jammu areas stay vulnerable to smugglers and infiltrators as among the initiatives are but to take off.

The BSF is chargeable for peacetime administration of the two,308-km-long worldwide border with Pakistan from the Chenab river close to Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. A couple of BSF battalions are additionally deployed alongside the Line of Control (LoC) from Akhnoor to Kargil, although guarding the LoC is the Army’s accountability.

Under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System, the BSF had conceived the thought of erecting a “smart fence” alongside the border consisting of laser partitions, thermal imagers and sensors to detect intrusions in locations the place a bodily fence can not come up as a result of terrain.

Riverine stretches alongside the programs of the Sutlej and Ravi in Punjab and nullahs within the Samba sector south of Jammu are troublesome to protect due to the undulating terrain, waterlogging and thick development of untamed grass. The rivers criss-cross the worldwide border at a number of locations.

The size of the worldwide border in Punjab is 553 km, of which solely 461 km is fenced.

Two pilot initiatives for the good fence, one within the Jammu sector and the opposite in Punjab had been undertaken below the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs however no additional headway has been made.

“Field reports of the trials are still under process and further course of action will be decided only once these are finalised and appropriate recommendations are put up,” a supply stated. “Some changes in the structure and format of the fence as well as technological upgradation could be required,” he added.

The procurement of drones for border surveillance in addition to counter-drone know-how is a significant focus space for the BSF. “We are giving a high priority to the use of drones as they are tactically effective. A certain number have already been deployed and more are being acquired,” an officer stated.

Since drones are reported to have been used to smuggle weapons and medicines, the BSF has sought a complete system that can have radars, radio frequency receivers, jammers and system controllers to neutralise various kinds of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The BSF’s requirement is a floor or automobile based mostly stand-alone system able to detecting a lone suspicious flying object or a gaggle of UAVs from an extended distance in a 360-degree surroundings.

The BSF can be conducting trials of moveable floor penetration radars to detect cross border tunnels operating below the fence, pinpoint land mines and improvised explosive gadgets or sniff out buried contraband.

“There have been several instances of such tunnels, some several hundred meters long, having been detected and the possibility of more such tunnels cannot be discounted,” an officer stated. “The use of tunnels is not a new phenomenon and over the past years the force has carried out large scale operations along the border to uncover tunnels,” he added.

Sources level out that with engineering help from the army institution, boring lengthy tunnels is just not troublesome. Their exit may very well be hid inside a shack or a barn-like construction close to the border and even below dense vegetation or crevice.

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