About 50 Militants Waiting At Launching Pads Across IB: IG BSF

About 50 Militants Waiting At Launching Pads Across IB: IG BSF

28 December 2012
State Times


Jammu: Jammu Frontier Border Security Force Inspector General Rajeev Krishna today said about 50 militants are waiting to infiltrate at the launching pads across the Indo-Pak International Border. “At present five launching pads are active across the international border in Jammu and approximately 50 to 60 militants are waiting to sneak into the Indian territory,” Krishna told a press conference at BSF Headquarters here. The IG said, “Though the number of militants at the launching pads keep varying but still around 50 to 60 are active and eager to infiltrate taking an advantage of dense fog.” Asserting that there were more infiltration attempts in 2012 as compared to 2011, Krishna said, “Our jawans are maintaining vigil along the international border and BSF has planned different strategies to curb infiltration in view of fog.” The BSF top officer said as per records in the recent past infiltration bids are increased in the winter along the international border than summer due to fog but strict vigil is being maintained and surveillance is being kept on every movement along the fence”. “Winter season has its own challenges and we would have very heavy fog in winter. The fog again would be achallenge for us and we cannot forget that there are disruptive elements across the border, which may not always be within the control of the rangers. So we have to be alert,” he added. As a part of the precautionary measures, he also accounted some of the steps that would be adopted in the coming months. “We have identified sensitive points. We have strengthened our troops over there. We have put more element of surveillance equipment; night vision devices and we have got a second line of defence behind them in case someone gets through. So we have identified those places and we have increased our presence,” he said. Rajiv also said that sensitive areas have been demarcated and troops’ presence has also been strengthened in those locations. “During winter, the task to keep vigil on the border becomes harder due to fog and cold but jawans and officers are being sensitised,” the IG said. On tunnel detected in a forward village Checwhal of Samba District along the border, the IG said, “Before the episode of tunnel, Pakistan had adopted different strategy but in post tunnel session, they started targeting civilians and BSF men with sniper shots to develop mental pressure.” The officer said a committee has also been constituted to study the water contents, quality of soil at all the vulnerable places along the IB adding, “Geological Survey of India is also taken into account besides other agencies to look into the matter at nearly 17 vulnerable points.” Vigil has been strengthened at the porous locations along the Indo-Pak International Border. Inspector General (IG) of the Border Security Force (BSF), has said that strategies are in place to stop cross-border infiltration of militants during the winter in Jammu and Kashmir State.