THE BSF has formed a team headed by DIG to investigate how and from where the terrorists, who attacked the Pathankot airbase, entered Punjab. The team has been given a 14-day deadline to submit a report to the headquarters.
The BSF top brass has asked field commanders to provide all assistance to the five-member team, which will travel to select areas along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Punjab and Jammu.
Officials said a meeting to deliberate on these issues was held on Thursday between Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and BSF Director General D K Pathak after which it was also decided to chalk out a fresh protocol for checking infiltration and plugging of gaps along the riverine and dense forest areas of the border.
They said the DG reiterated during his meeting with Mehrishi that it has found no evidence of breach or emergence of a tunnel or any secret route along the IB in the two states, which could have been exploited by the terrorists. The meeting, it is understood, also discussed deployment of at least two more battalions — or about 2,000 personnel — of the BSF in vulnerable border areas.