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'BSF seeks mobile interceptors to curb drug-smuggling menace'

Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, November 30, 2013
First Published: 21:13 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:17 IST(30/11/2013)

Admitting that lack of mobile interceptors, which are used to record conversations, is a major hindrance to curb drug-smuggling menace from across the border, inspector general of Punjab Frontier of Border Security Force (BSF) Ajay Kumar Tomar on Saturday said that he had written to the central government of India, seeking authorisation to use mobile interceptors.

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“We need mobile phone interception facility at the Indo-Pak border, which can be very effective in tackling the menace of drug-smuggling from across the border, for which we have already written to the central government,” IG told Hindustan Times on the sidelines of media briefing on the eve of 48th raising day of BSF.

Currently, the BSF is coordinating with the Punjab Police, which already has the said facility and on the basis of information received from the state force, some of the seizures of narcotics were made by the BSF.

Asked about the allegations levelled by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that the Indo-Pak border in Punjab is porous for large scale flow of narcotics in the state, the IG refuted the allegations and said that it was evident from the seizure of more than 280 kg of heroin in the current year so far, that the border was not at all porous.

“I don't want to comment on the political statements made by the chief minister, who loaded the role of BSF in guarding the border effectively during the recent meeting I had with him,” the IG said.
“To make border guarding more strong, BSF has sought requirement of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), which are expected to arrive very soon,” he said and number of ATVs would be increased after few months, he added.

On the stadium for Retreat Ceremony at Wagah border, the IG said that project for increased capacity and other facilities at the venue had already been sanctioned and work on it would begin soon.

During the year 2013-14, a total of 136 projects under the Border Area Development Programme were submitted by the BSF and budget for 103 projects for six border districts have already been received.
“Even the induction of mahila constables in the force since 2009 in the acting patrolling at border has yielded positive results and now women farmers are also feeling comfortable in border area,” he said.

Highlighting the achievement of BSF, Tomar said that cricketer Virat Kohli is brand ambassador of Board Guarding Force.  “After joining BSF as its brand ambassador, the cricket carrier of Kohli has brightened with his performance in recent matches,” he said.

He said that on the occasion of its 48th Raising Day on Sunday, BSF will take out a cycle rally from frontier headquarters to Wagah border in which more than 50 jawans and officers including him would participate.

IG refutes CM's allegation that Indo-Pak border is porous.

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