Rajnath Singh to chair meeting with states bordering Pak, to meet top BSF officials

The meeting comes a day after four militants, who tried to infiltrate the border from PoK, were killed by army troops in the early hours of Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 11:20 am
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday arrived in Jaisalmer to meet with the chief ministers and home ministers of four states bordering Pakistan in Jaisalmer. The meeting will also be attended by top BSF officials. Singh is likely to discuss the sealing of Indo-Pakistan border along the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. He will also be visiting western border districts of Jaisalmer and Barmer in Rajasthan over two days.

Rajnath Singh is expected to visit border outposts in Jaisalmer and Barmet and interact with BSF jawans. The meeting comes a day after four militants were gunned down by security forces who tried to infiltrate the border from PoK in the early hours of Thursday. Having strengthened its defences along the LoC, the army managed to foil three infiltration bids – two in Naugam sector and one in Rampur – on Thursday. Following that, the army said they conducted a combing operation amid apprehension of presence of more terrorists in the area. Aside from that, technical surveillance and use of illuminators was also deployed to prevent militants from escaping.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday had briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that Pakistani army had mobilised about 100 terrorists across the LoC to push them into India to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

At the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was stated that the Pakistani army was planning attacks by terrorists on Indian defence personnel and security establishments besides select civilian targets in the wake of September 29 surgical strikes.

Indian army had carried out surgical strikes on September 29, crossing over the LoC in Kupwara sector in the Kashmir Valley and Poonch in Jammu region and targetting and destroying seven terror launch pads.

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Out of 2289.66 km of Indo-Pakistan Border (IPB), 2034.96 km has been covered by physical barriers, including fencing, and the remaining 254.80 km of border is planned to be covered by physical and non-physical barriers shortly.

There are stretches in which construction of physical barriers is not feasible due to geographic constraints such as riverine, low-lying, creek and marshy areas. In this stretch, it is proposed to deploy technology solutions, including deployment of cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc.

The BSF is testing the available technologies through pilot projects in the Jammu region, Punjab and Gujarat. The paramilitary force is in the process of rollout of a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) for this stretch of IPB, which is due to be undertaken in a year’s time.

The Indian side of the IPB, which is 3,323-km-long, passes through the states of Gujarat (508 km), Rajasthan (1,037 km), Punjab (553 km) and Jammu and Kashmir (1,225 km). Out of the 3,323-km border with Pakistan, about 2,289.66 km of the International Border (IB) is under the operational control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Apart from the IB, there is a Line of Control (LoC), which is under the operational control of the Ministry of Defence.