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India will retaliate, won’t count bullets if attacked: Rajnath Singh

India never attacks anyone but will retaliate and “not count the bullets” if attacked, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday after assessing security on border with Pakistan in the wake of surgical strikes.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2016 00:48 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh with MoS, home affairs, Kiren Rijiju at Munabao, Barmer.(PTI Photo)

Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday India will never incite an attack against any other country but won’t hold back either, if provoked.

“India never attacks anyone and we do not intend to occupy others’ land. Our heritage is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - meaning the whole world is one. We never fire first but in retaliation we never count bullets after pulling the trigger,” he said addressing the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on the second day of his visit to Rajasthan.

Singh, who visited BSF’s Munabao Border Outpost, assured the security personnel that the government will do everything to improve the border infrastructure and their service conditions. He said damaged fencing will be repaired and floodlighting and a parallel road along the border fencing will be completed to facilitate effective patrolling.

Appreciating the BSF’s role at the border, Singh said the forces are protecting the country’s borders like the farmers guarding the fields.

He also said the home ministry will address the shortage of bullet proof jackets and also consider procuring lighter jackets.

Expressing concern over shortage of drinking water facility at some of the outposts, the home minister said the government will consider providing piped water to all the border outposts.

The BSF proposal for constructing safety walls and bunds on the periphery of the Battalion headquarters and outposts will be examined by the government, he said.

Noting that some of the border outposts do not have proper telephone facility, Singh said mobile connectivity will be improved with the sanction of more mobile towers close to the border and more satellite phones will also be provided at the border outposts.

Singh was accompanied by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Barmer MP Colonel Sonaram.

Singh had visited Murar and adjoining border outposts in Jaisalmer district and interacted with the BSF jawans on Friday.

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First Published: Oct 08, 2016 21:32 IST