The Rajasthan police will reactivate 24 ‘check posts’ in border districts of Barmer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Ganganagar in the wake of rise in spying, intrusion and smuggling cases.
Considered as ‘eyes and ears’ of the state police, these check posts are manned by staff of the CID’s Border Intelligence unit.
In 2009, the 24 check posts were closed after police claimed fencing at the Indo-Pak international border stopped spying, intrusion and smuggling in the four border districts.
The state police headquarters had sought inputs from the district police chiefs of Barmer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Ganganagar regarding their opinion to reactivate the check posts. The four SPs (superintendents of police) have submitted their proposals to the headquarters, demanding these check posts are reactivated.
Barmer SP Parees Deshmukh told HT that he had sent a report seeking that four of the eight closed check posts be reactivated. Earlier, Barmer had 12 such check posts. In 2009, the check posts at Sedwa, Gagriya, Janpaliya, Khalife Ki Bawdi, Kelnor, Harsani, Gandhaw and Panchla were closed.
“The Sedwa, Gagriya, Kelnor and Harsani check posts will be reactivated,” Deskhmuk added.
Rajasthan shares a 1,048 km-long international border with Pakistan. The state’s western front is witnessing growing incidents of spying, intrusion and smuggling in the last few months.
In December, Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested a retired army havildar on the charge of spying for Pakistan. Four postal department employees - two each from Pokhran in Jaisalmer and Balotra in Barmer - were held for spying for Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on February 1.
In January, a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft fighter jet of the Indian Air Force had intercepted and shot down a suspicious “balloon-shaped object” violating Indian air space near Barmer in Rajasthan.