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BSF procures state-of-art infrastructure to stop infiltration

BSF is becoming techno-savvy and has procured state-of-art infrastructure from many foreign countries to check infiltration bids, reports Faisul Yaseen.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 18:12 IST

The Border Security Force are becoming techno-savvy and have procured state-of-art infrastructure from many foreign countries to check infiltration bids from Pakistan and PoK through the 198 kms international border and LoC.

Addressing a news conference in Jammu on Saturday, BSF Director General AK
Mitra said that four Fast Attack Crafts had been acquired for Jammu and Kashmir.

Such devises are already in use in the creek areas of Gujarat where Pakistani troops have access but the Indians don't have.

In addition to this the Battle Surveillance Radar Equipment has been installed at a number of places around the border and LoC.

"It is a mechanised board and a fully sophisticated one," Mitra said.

BSF has also procured 600 Hand Held Thermal Image devices for surveillance around the LoC and the International Border.

"These devices are not affected by bad weather and help in checking on
the infiltrators," Mitra said.

The devices have already been provided to a number of battalions with each battalion getting three or four such equipments.

The DG BSF informed that the orders for 1,000 more such devises had been placed.

In addition, the Night Vision devises have also been distributed to the BSF personnel guarding the border and the LoC to stop infiltrators from crossing over during the wee hours of the night.

Mitra also informed that 15 battalions of BSF had left the state and 10 more would leave by January end. "We would now fight the Naxalitesin the Northeast," he said.

About infiltration in the state, he said that though the infiltration was going down there was a slight increase in terrorism-related incidents in the state. "However, the infiltration is not still over," he said.

Mitra also rejected the role of Bangladeshi residents in terrorist activities across the country saying that they were illegally migrating into the country for greener pastures. But he put a question mark on the role of DDIS, the Bangladeshi intelligence agency saying their people could be responsible for carrying out some terror activities in the country.

Commenting on the increase of "fratricide" (fragging) among the BSF personnel, Mitra said 41 cases of suicides had been reported this year against the 33 last year.

For tackling this problem he said troopers were being trained for counseling their stress prone colleagues. "We've sent a proposal seeking psychiatric counselors. Till then some of our own men have been given specialised training for counseling," he said.

Mitra said that among the 41 cases of "fragging", 27 were of those troopers who had returned from home after their leaves ended and in four cases, they had moments back talked to their family members.

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First Published: Dec 16, 2006 18:12 IST