BSF on high alert, operations, anti-drone exercises intensified: IG

IG BSF Jammu D K Boora addressing a press conference in Jammu on Monday.
IG BSF Jammu D K Boora addressing a press conference in Jammu on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 24: BSF troops deployed on the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on high alert following a threat of anti-social elements creating trouble on Republic Day.
This was stated by Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontiers, DK Boora at a press conference this morning at Paloura headquarters.
He also said that the BSF has launched a number of operations along the International Border, including anti-drone exercises and those related to detecting tunnels.
“The BSF is also conducting joint patrolling with the Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police to thwart nefarious attempts of terrorists,” Boora said.
“There is input that anti-national elements are likely to create trouble (in connection with Republic Day) but we are very, very alert on and along the border, including the Line of Control (LoC),” he said. Click here to watch video
“We have heightened our vigil on the border extensively,” the IGP BSF said.
Boora said intelligence inputs clearly point towards the possibility of some activities from across the border.
“We have got inputs (that such activities) like infiltration or induction of weapons, ammunition, explosives and its assembling inside our area or drug smuggling (can take place). But we are on high alert and we will not allow anyone to succeed in these nefarious designs,” he said.
Keeping in mind the present security scenario and intelligence inputs ahead of Republic Day, the BSF is carrying out extensive anti-tunnelling drives, special patrolling and depth area domination despite extremely hostile weather conditions.
“We had planned these activities, which are being conducted on the border. Maximum number of troops and officers are present on the border. We have declared two weeks long heightened vigil on the border and extensively carrying out operations along the border, including anti-tunnelling exercises and anti-drone exercises,” Boora said.
“To strengthen border domination, mobilisation of troops has been done. Regular monitoring of suspicious activities of counterparts is being carried out through surveillance equipment,” he added.
The IG said that joint patrolling and exercises are also being conducted along with the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police to scuttle any nefarious attempts of anti-social elements.
He said that “during this period, every year, there is a stress on the security situation along the borders.”
“But we are here to meet all the challenges and pre-empt the nefarious designs of anti-national elements (ANEs),” Boora said
He said the BSF is confident that the ANEs and militants will not succeed in whatever plans they have.
“Our own kind of resources that are human resources and technical resources are in place. We are confident that we will be able to meet the challenges very effectively,” he added.
The IG assured people residing along the border and hinterland that they have nothing to fear as the BSF troops are very alert on the border.
“We will do everything that it takes to ensure the safety and security of the people,” he added.
BSF troops deployed on the International Border in Jammu have been quite successful and consistent in foiling attempts from across the border by eliminating Pakistani intruders, seizing huge caches of arms, ammunition, narcotics and detecting tunnels in the past one year, Boora said.
He said in the beginning of this year, alert BSF troops scuttled a major bid of anti-national elements by recovering 4.950 kg narcotics and a consignment of arms and ammunition on International Border in Arnia Sector.
Sharing the details, the IG said this year so far, 4.950-kg narcotics, three AK-47 rifles, five AK-47 magazines, four pistols, seven pistol magazines, 10 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition, four 7.62 mm ammunition and seven 9 mm ammunition, were recovered.
“Being the first line of defence on the Pakistan and Bangladesh Borders, BSF is dominating the International Border relentlessly,” said Boora adding, “Frontier Headquarter BSF Jammu is manning about 192 km of International Border with Pakistan and is also deployed on Line of Control along with Indian Army in Nowshera sector in Rajouri and Poonch districts”.
He said BSF Jammu Frontier has also been in the forefront in assisting border population through various initiatives.
Further, the IG BSF said, “BSF has performed exceptionally with strict vigil and made remarkable achievements in the Year 2021. Despite deployment in hostile area as well as sensitive and hyper sensitive scenarios, BSF has always stood up to the challenges with aplomb.”
“As a result of robust domination and surveillance on International Border, there has been continued peace on the Jammu border and BSF Jammu has relentlessly carried out anti-tunnel drives along IB and due to its efforts it was able to detect two tunnels on International Border in the month of January 2021and made a huge dent to the infiltration attempts by anti national elements from Pakistan,” said Boora.
He said detection of these tunnels also exposed the nefarious designs of Pakistan based terrorists and smugglers, adding, “Hence, Jammu IB remained peaceful as a consequence of strong dominance and surveillance of BSF.”
“The last year has been ‘Achievement Oriented’ with detection of tunnels and seizure of huge cache of arms, ammunition and narcotics and the aim of anti-national elements to spread disharmony by carrying out nefarious activities stands thwarted,” said the IG.
He added that BSF is fully prepared and has augmented its resources to rise up to the challenges in 2022, further adding, “BSF Jammu has been dedicatedly participating in relief work during COVID-19 pandemic and always endeavoured to help the needy during difficult times.”
Boora said the ever vigilant troops of BSF were also able to neutralize one Pakistani smuggler who was trying to smuggle a consignment of narcotics from Kathua border wherein BSF seized about 27.225 kilograms of narcotics. Apart from this, BSF troops also recovered about 10.935 kilograms of narcotics from Akhnoor, along with Rs. 2,75,000 fake Indian currency notes.
“Keeping continued vigil, BSF was able to neutralize six intruders and apprehend three Pakistani intruders, who were trying to infiltrate through the IB from January 2021 till date,” he said.
Meanwhile, sharing the details regarding recoveries made in 2021 by the BSF, the spokesman said in Jammu region and Rajouri, Poonch sectors, it included 38.160-kg narcotics, four AK-47 rifles, seven AK-47 magazines, 339 AK ammunition, 13 pistols, 32 pistol magazines, 371 rounds of pistol ammunition, eight hand grenades, four Chinese grenades, one UBGL grenade, over 233 rounds of other ammunition, 16 metres cordex, one wireless set, six mobile sets, one radio signal receiver, 13 detonators, 15 fused detonators of Chinese made with levers, two nine volt batteries, five unified Electronic Equipment and four sticky bombs.