BSF Tries To Plug New Intrusion Areas

BSF Tries To Plug New Intrusion Areas

29 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: A day after the twin terror attacks in Kathua district, in which three people, including a soldier lost their life, RAW Commissioner Abhijit Haldar today visited Tarnah Nullah on the international border. Three heavily armed terrorists, which staged attacks at Dayalachak and Janglote areas of the district yesterday, are suspected to have sneaked into the Indian side on the preceding night of March 27 through this rivulet. The Tarnah Nullah flows into Pakistan and has remained a traditional route for infiltration in the past. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's remarks on yesterday's attacks on a micro-blogging site have caught the BSF on a sticky ground. The BSF needs to take a look at vulnerable areas and plug these gaps because these militants haven't given up and we can't let them succeed, Omar posted on Twitter. The BSF, which holds the operational responsibility of the 198-km-long international border in the region, has been looking into every aspect to make sure that no infiltration takes place along the fence. However, the ease with which militants exploited the gaps in the fence was a matter of grave concern. The BSF on its part though maintained that so far no tell-tale signs or breach of fence have been found to establish that terrorists had crossed the border via the Tarnah Nullah. 'There has been no firing, breach of fence or infiltration bid from the Tarnah. But still we are looking into everything. To be doubly sure we are checking the video recordings of the night vision cameras. Our men are deployed 24x7 on either banks of the Tarnah and in the middle of it we have a mound, which again is manned 24x7. There is also early warning and lighting system in place,' a top source in the BSF said. He added that the BSF was on high alert since March 12 following the inputs that Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed had visited a terror camp near Bada Bhai village opposite the Paharpur post of the BSF. We also received alerts from the RAW and on March 25, the BSF again alerted all its deployments along the fence, the source said to drive home the point that the force was maintaining a high level of alertness in the wake of Lok Sabha elections. 'The ultras were carrying a GPS (global positioning system) and if they had switched it on then it would spill the beans…their direction and location,' he said. Soon after the twin attacks, IG, BSF Jammu Frontier, SS Tomar had rushed to the Tarnah Nullah and other areas on the border. 'The bridge over Tarnah Nullah in Dayalachak where three ultras first struck around 4.40 am yesterday is around 9 to 10 km from border. A young and motivated ultra aged 25 to 30 years carrying a weight of 25 to 30 kg on his shoulders can easily cover the distance on foot in four to five hours,' a source in the security agency said. A top police source said the latest strike appeared to be the result of fresh infiltration from across the border. Meanwhile, the police and the Army today launched a fresh search operation in Sar Khud (a dry rivulet) and also scanned the jungles of Janglote. The Army also stationed a combat vehicle with troops in readiness on the bridge overlooking the Sar Khud and Janglote jungles as a precautionary measure. Earlier, it handed over the bodies of three ultras to the Kathua Police, which sent them District Hospital, Kathua, for post-mortem. Searching for clues CM's tweet catches the BSF on a sticky ground BSF says no tell tale signs of infiltration through Tarnah Nullah, but still checking video recordings of night vision cameras Seized Geo Positioning System may divulge the direction and location of militants Bodies of ultras handed over to Kathua police, post-mortem conducted