Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai today acknowledged the positive role of Border Security Force (BSF) in manning the borders, even as chief of the force VK Johri said infiltration bids from across the border have intensified following the government’s decision on Article 370, and reorganisation of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the troops and officers of the BSF on its 55th Raising Day event here, Rai said, “Recent decisions (abrogation of special provisions under Article 370) have led to positive developments in Jammu-Kashmir, but anti-national forces want to create trouble in the Kashmir valley.”
Terming the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and the International Border (IB) along Jammu and Punjab “highly sensitive”, Johri said, terrorists were making efforts to infiltrate into India, but almost every such attempt was being thwarted.
Johri also said that the organisation was working on technical solutions to combat the threat of rogue drones on western frontiers.
Claiming that the LoC along Kashmir and IB along Punjab have become “operationally sensitive” in recent times, the DG 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 steps to tackle the issue.”
“Anti-India forces are continuously trying to infiltrate (through the borders)...We assure the country that the BSF will foil all such bids,” Johri said.
The Union Government had abrogated special provisions under Article 370 accorded to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and had reorganised the state into two Union Territories (Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh) that came into existence on October 31.
While the BSF guards the over 700-km-long LoC under the operational command of the Army, it also guards 2,289-km IB with Pakistan that runs along Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
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