"Rains aren't the only factor making patrolling difficult," said the officer. "The BSF fights on many fronts. Besides the Pakistan aggression, there are venomous snakes in the water and insects that keep attacking the wading soldiers." Night patrol is full of dangerous assaults.
Since the Kargil War in 1999, the past fortnight has been the most violent, with nearly 19 ceasefire violations on the LoC and border, where the BSF thwarted all enemy attempts to dominate. "We are the only border protection force in the country that is assigned to react to any hostile condition," said another BSF jawan at Bakaurpur near Suchetgarh.
Union home secretary Goswami, who is from Jammu, had an interaction with the jawans and commandants at Suchetgarh before releasing the statement that the jawans' morale was upbeat and their vigilance had prevented infiltration many times. "We have never given the enemy any chance to intrude," said a BSF official, "even though in some sniping incidents over the past week, our jawans have lost lives."