Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai inspects the parade at the 55th Raising Day Parade of Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi on Sunday. Director General, BSF Vivek Johri is also seen. (PIB/PTI Photo)
NEW DELHI :
THE Border Security Force (BSF) is working on technical solutions to combat the threat of rogue drones along the India-Pakistan International Border, the chief of the force said on Sunday. BSF Director General V K Johri also said that the force has expanded its “strategic capabilities” by using new technology and Intelligence to guard the over 6,386 km long borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh. Addressing the 55th Raising Day event of the force at a BSF camp here, the DG said the Line of Control (Loc) in Kashmir and the International Border in Punjab have become “operationally sensitive” in recent times.
The Government’s decision to bifurcate the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir has rendered the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and the International Border along Jammu and Punjab “very sensitive” as terrorists are making continuous efforts to infiltrate into India, he said.
“We have received reports about the activity of drones along the western border front (along Pakistan) in the recent past and we are working on technical solutions and taking important steps to tackle this issue,” DG Johri said. He added that anti-India forces are continuously trying to infiltrate across the border and the BSF is alert “all times” to thwart these bids. The about 2.5 lakh personnel strong Border Security Force (BSF) was raised on this day in 1965 and is primarily tasked to guard the India and Pakistan borders apart from rendering a variety of roles in the internal security domain.
PM greets BSF on Raising Day
NEW DELHI :
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended greetings to Border Security Force personnel on the organisation’s 55th Raising Day. “Greetings to all BSF personnel and their families on BSF’s Raising Day. This force has been diligently protecting our borders,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
During disasters and crisis, BSF personnel have always worked hard to serve the citizens, he pointed out. The BSF was raised in 1965 with the specific purpose of manning Indian borders as the ‘First Line of Defence’ against infiltration, smuggling and military assault.