There are “gaps” in the border protection which will have to be plugged, new BSF Director General Raman Srivastava said in New Delhi on Saturday.
“The border is very long. There are gaps and we have to fill those. We have to further strengthen the organisation,” Srivastava, who was earlier the Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry, told reporters after taking charge.
Asked if the recent incident when rockets were fired from across the Indo-Pak border in Punjab was the handiwork of the Taliban, he said, “It will be wrong to pinpoint anyone right now. Investigations are on to find out who were behind this.”
The 1973 batch IPS officer, who has also served as the Director General of Police of Kerala, said his force was ready for anti-Naxal operations.
“The BSF has always dealt with insurgency besides guarding the border. Fighting the Naxals will be slightly different but the force will rise to any challenge that is posed to it,” Srivastava said.
On smuggling of narcotics and fake Indian currency notes via the border, he said, “The BSF is already on the job and is doing great. We have to see if there are chances of improvement.”