In its fight against drugs, Border Security Force (BSF) has taken along border-area villagers. On Sunday, it kicked off a special programme to join hands with them to eradicate the menace.
Led by deputy inspector general MF Farooqui, the BSF organised plays at Hardo Rattan village to motivate villagers to unite and inspire youth to quit drugs. "Many youngsters are trapped in the habit of drugs. Our jawans on the border are vigilant to seize drug shipments but the participation of villagers is more important to curb this evil. This is the reason we have started interacting with villagers," said Farooqui.
The BSF's next mission is to counsel youngsters who have become addicted to drugs. "The aim is to draw a second line of defence," said the DIG. "Once the consumption goes down, there will be a big blow to the drug supply business," he added.
High alert at Attari
As tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch, the BSF has increased security at the Attari border near Amritsar for the Independence Day celebrations.
"The vigil is increased already but there is a specific plan for Independence Day as well," deputy inspector general MF Farooqui said in Amritsar on Sunday. "Thousands of people reach Attari each evening, and ensuring their security is our top priority," he said. Special vehicle search and frisking is on at the joint check post.