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More troops to man border with Pak

india Updated: May 17, 2008 02:12 IST
Zorawar Singh Jamwal
Zorawar Singh Jamwal
Hindustan Times
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Admitting that his troops could have only partially foiled the infiltration bid that occurred on May 9, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) AK Mitra announced on Friday that 1,000 additional BSF troops would be deployed along the 191 km Indo-Pak International Border.

“The bund raised along the border during fencing work will be removed and re-erected behind the fencing. It will solve two purposes: the local populace can cultivate their fields, and BSF troops will be able to observe movement acrosthe border more effectively,” he added.

Mitra was in the area — 100 m from the Pakistani border outpost, Rajab Shaheed, and 60 km south of Jammu — to review the ongoing re-alignment of a 41 km stretch of fencing, and to visit the spot where barbed wire had been cut by armed militants, believed to have been attacked by civilians and security forces on Sunday in Samba.

“Apparently, they (militants) cut the wire, which was spotted by the sentry who opened fire on them,” he said. “But a few of them (infiltrators) may have crossed to this side, which means we were partially successful in foiling the infiltration bid.”

He added that the number of night-vision devices, thermal imagers and early warning systems would be increased as early as possible. “I have asked my officers to think like militants to identify places vulnerable to infiltration. The gadgets will be installed there,” Mitra said.

Saying that the possibility of Pakistani Rangers giving cover fire to infiltrators could not be ruled out, the BSF chief said, “The G-3 cartridges, which were used by the infiltrators and recovered from the site, are used by Pakistani Rangers.”