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BSF puts anti-sniping measures along Indo-Pak border

india Updated: Dec 08, 2013 19:24 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF) has put up anti-sniping measures to ensure safety of its troops guarding the border in Jammu frontier.

"We have installed anti-sniping measures for safety and security of our jawans guarding the borderline with Pakistan in Jammu frontier," BSF deputy inspector general Virender Singh told PTI here on Sunday.
The measures have been taken in view of the several incidents of sniping from the Pakistani side, in which one jawan was killed and three others injured, in the last few months.

BSF head constable Ram Niwas Meena, of the 200th Battalion, was injured in sniper-firing on Narainpur border out post (BOP) area in Samba district, along the international border (IB), on August 5 this year. He later succumbed to his injuries.

On August 6, another jawan, Pawan Kumar, received bullet injuries during a sniping-firing incident at Alfa Machial BOP, along the IB in Jammu sector. He is reported to be suffering from paralysis.
BSF constable M Basu was injured on October 14, when Pakistani troops resorted to sniping on Katav BOP along the IB, in Samba district.

Nets have been put in place in most of the BOPs and observation posts to avoid sniping, the DIG said.
"Nets and green corridors for the jawans would not allow anti-national elements from across the border to have a clear view of our troops or sentry," he said, while displaying special nets and green slides around the Shap Nallah post.

"The green slides have been put to avoid sighting of jawans ascending or descending the OPs and BOPs", he added.

Apart from these anti-sniping measures, the BSF is all set to raise a 10 mt-high embankment along the IB in Jammu frontier, he said.

"The 41-metre wide and 10-metre high embankment being raised from Akhnoor Sector to Kathua will play a vital role in the security of our troops," said Singh.

The BSF, in collaboration with the state government, would acquire land in 122 villages along the border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.