BSF completes fencing 40 km of border in Jammu
29 November 2002
The Times of India
NEW DELHI: Braving persistent shelling and firing from the Pakistani side, BSF had fenced 40 km of the border in Jammu after completing the process in Punjab and Rajasthan, its director general Ajai Raj Sharma said here on Friday. He told reporters that further work on fencing was continuing and the BSF had devised a mechanism to avoid casualties. Stating that the Pakistani firing had created a lot of difficulties in the fencing work, Sharma said that an organisation entrusted with the job had refused because of the dangers involved in it and so the task was taken up by the BSF itself. He said that the fencing would help significantly in checking infiltration and smuggling from Jammu sector as it did after fencing of Punjab and Rajasthan. ''Moreover, the BSF personnel can be relieved from there and redeployed along mountain passes in Kashmir sector,'' he said. On the Eastern front, the BSF DG said that 900 out of 4000 km along Bangladesh border had been fenced. He said that the BSF had also introduced deployment of ''floating Border Outposts (BoP)'' in creek and riverine areas along Gujarat and Suderbans border to check infiltration. As many as 14 BoPs had been deployed which comprised ships along with four speed- boats each, he said.