After the terror attack in Dinanagar of Gurdaspur district on Monday in which three terrorists crossed the border, the Border Security Force (BSF) are now reviewing security arrangements at nearly three dozen points where small rivulets, nullahs, choes (seasonal water streams) intersect the 560-km long Indo-Pak border in Punjab.
BSF sources said there are nearly 38 such points on the border which are vulnerable in case of laxity on the part of the force. Sources said dense elephant grass at some points along the border makes it challenging for the security personnel.
The senior officers are preparing a detailed report of such points, including the current security arrangements there. “Such details will help in making an effective plan to avoid any breach of security as happened in the recent Gurdaspur attack case,” said a senior BSF officer in the Gurdaspur sector.
BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak has also assessed the present security arrangements to meet the challenges of guarding the border at the riverine areas of IB.
BSF Inspector General (Punjab Frontier) Anil Paliwal could not be contacted for his comments. RS Kataria, DIG BSF and senior Public Relation Officer, in a press release said that the BSF DG, who had visited the Gurdaspur Sector on Wednesday along with Additional DG (Western theatre) M K Singla and IG Anil Paliwal, has given directions to meet these challenges. Effective border management by using all available resources was deliberated upon at the meeting.
The DG BSF has also assessed the necessity of using technical gadgets apart from human resources for guarding the border.
List of 150 persons involved in narcotics Smuggling prepared
The Border Security Force (BSF) has prepared a list of nearly 150 persons from various border area villages who might be directly or indirectly involved in the smuggling of heroin from the Pakistan side to Punjab. BSF sources said that the list was prepared by officials on the basis of secret information. As per the list available with The Indian Express, there are nearly 70 persons belonging to villages of Amritsar and Tarntaran districts, nearly 20 from the Abohar side, nearly 40 from Firozpur sector and others from Gurdaspur area on the list.