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Indo-Pak Border Priority, 'Smart Fence' by March 2018, Says DG BSF

Border Security Force DG K K Sharma added that since India's relations with Bangladesh are "very good" presently, a similar plan would be put in place to make the Indo-Bangla border secure, once the "resources" are available.

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Updated:August 2, 2017, 11:02 PM IST
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Indo-Pak Border Priority, 'Smart Fence' by March 2018, Says DG BSF
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New Delhi: The immediate priority for India is to seal the border it shares with Pakistan and install a smart technology-aided fence along the Jammu sector by early next year, the BSF Chief said on Wednesday.

Border Security Force DG K K Sharma added that since India's relations with Bangladesh are "very good" presently, a similar plan would be put in place to make the Indo-Bangla border secure, once the "resources" are available.

"My priority is Pakistan, as anything happens here (along the Indo-Pak border), it has grave consequences. We are working to ensure complete sealing of this border and make it more fortified," the Director General said on sidelines of an event to announce the 'BSF half marathon for martyrs' to be held in October this year.

"We are implementing a comprehensive integrated border management (CBIM) plan and are running a pilot project to make our international border (IB) along Pakistan secure," he said.

By March next year, Sharma said, this project will be in place in the Jammu sector (of the IB).

Asked if there were any similar plans for the 4,096-km long India-Bangladesh border, the DG replied "it is a question of priority".

The DG stressed that the ties between the BSF and its counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) are at an all-time high.

"We are also conducting simultaneous coordinated patrolling wit the BGB ... once we have the resources (after completing the border sealing task with Pakistan), we will do it on the eastern side," Sharma said.

He added that the project to create "smart fencing" along the Indo-Bangla border has "not started" as of now along the eastern frontier.

The BSF DG's statement comes in variance with that of Union home minister Rajnath Singh who had earlier said that the Assam portion of the Indo-Bangla border (about 200kms) will be completely sealed by the first half of 2018.

He added that the challenges of guarding these large borders on the two flanks of the country are very "dynamic" and hence the security requirements keep changing and nothing can be said to be adequate.

"We are modernising our equipments and the Indo-Pak border will be more fortified by the use of advanced technology. What we keep doing, I am sure, will have to be followed by my successor even," he said.

Talking about the security situation along the Indo-Pak border, the BSF boss said terror "launch pads are always active to infiltrate terrorists from across the border into India".

"We are committed to ensure fool proof security along the border despite all hardships and challenges at these two borders," he said.

Sharma said since the last year, there has been no infiltration from across the IB that is under the absolute control of the force.

He added that these instances instead have taken place from the Line of Control (LoC), where the BSF is deployed under the operational command of the Army.

Talking about the half-marathon, the BSF chief said it will be held in the national capital on October 22, a day after the national police commemoration day, in the memory of its martyrs.

The families of the martyrs will be invited to witness and participate in it and the trophies of the event will be named after those personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty, he added.

The about 2.5-lakh personnel strong force was raised in December 1965.

(With inputs from PTI)

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