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J&K: Kulgam encounter ends as terrorists flee spot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The encounter between security forces and militants that broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district this morning has ended as the terrorists fled the spot.Following an intelligence input about the presence of militants, the security forces launched a combing operation in the area.Last night, a Pakistani infiltrator was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Bamiyal sector in Pathankot district of Punjab.Earlier on Tuesday, two terrorists were killed in an infiltration bid in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir. One BSF jawan was also injured in the infiltration bid.

Terrorists took tunnel route to infiltrate into Chamliyal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three terrorists killed by the Border Security Force in Chamliyal area of Ramgarh sector in Jammu on Tuesday had probably crawled more than 100 metres inside a tunnel to hide detection and infiltrate. The BSF troopers discovered this when its jawans chanced upon a 2X2 feet wide tunnel in the middle of a field near the international border.The BSF recovered three AK 47s with 20 loaded magazines, 517 rounds, one 8 mm pistol, two radio sets, GPS, mobiles, 20 hand grenades, seven IEDs and camouflage uniforms from the slain terrorists suggesting they posed grave security threat. To hoodwink BSF jawans, the terrorists had dug the tunnel’s opening about 75-80 metres from the IB near a tube well in an open field in Chamliyal, BSF claimed.“When we found no breach along the fencing after killing the militants, we decided to check the nearby fields where farming is done and has soft soil. There we found the tunnel this morning. It’s suspected that the killed militants had used tunnel to crawl and infiltrate inside India,” said BSF director general, KK Sharma addressing the annual DG’s press conference.Sharma said a parallel cannot be drawn yet between Nagrota attack on Army Corps HQ and Chamliyal and it was part of the investigation to find out if the two had any connection.“We had stepped up vigilance post surgical strikes by the Army… We had deployed “depth nakas” (deep trenches) across the fence that helped us to detect and neutralise the three militants. We could not detect the militants immediately as it was Amavasya (moonless) night,” said Sharma. This, however, leaves out the question why the BSF could not detect the sound or vibration when the tunnel was being dug up from Pakistani side. Even if terrorists did not use machine for tunnel boring, the equipment they used would have made some noise beneath the ground. Sharma said they are yet to find out how deep the tunnel runs beneath the ground.According to BSF officials, the possibility of infiltration through tunnels is very high in the large geographical spread along the IB in Jammu and Punjab because of the soft soil, heavy undergrowth and open crop fields. The only way is to randomly dig deep nakas or deep trenches based on intelligence inputs close to the fencing and lie low to detect over ground movement of militants.

Samba terrorists could have crawled through a tunnel to infiltrate India: BSF

New Delhi: The three militants killed in Samba in Jammu might have crawled through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB), the BSF chief said on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists on the eve of the Border Security Force’s 51st Raising Dayin Delhi, its chief KK Sharma said the paramilitary force had “strong inputs” about possible infiltration bids by terrorists from across the IB following the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads, and hence it was “in a position” to detect and neutralise the heavily-armed militants.

Security personnel after an encounter with millitants at Army camp in Nagrota. PTISecurity personnel after an encounter with millitants at Army camp in Nagrota. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“After the operation got over at the Chamliyal BoP (border outpost), we checked the fence and there was no breach. Then on Wednesday morning, we detected a small tunnel of the size of 2×2 metres… We had deployed ‘depth nakas’ across the fence and hence we could detect and neutralise the three militants. The tunnel was found in a field where farming is done and has soft soil.

“The tunnel is about 75-80 metres from the IB and about 35-40 metres from the fence,” he said.

The DG said the border guarding force would take up the matter with its counterparts — Pakistan Rangers, but added that due to increased hostilities, the other side is not “getting in touch” for quite sometime now.

BSF officials said there is “ample proof” and indication to say that the militants crawled through the tunnel to reach this side of the border. Sharma said the Nagrota attack that took place on Tuesday at an army camp was “separate” and it was part of the investigation to find out if it had any connection with the Samba terror bid.

He said that since the increase of hostilities between the two sides, especially post the surgical strikes conducted by the army across the Line of Control, BSF has killed 15 Pakistani Rangers and 10 militants while it lost five troops.

“For the last 15 days there has been no shelling along the IB. Post the surgical strikes we knew that infiltration attempts and attacks would increase along the IB which we exclusively guard and hence anticipating trouble we have been prepared against such attempts,” he said, adding it was pitch dark last night hence picking up movements along the IB was difficult through naked eye.

Sharma said BSF had “strong inputs that infiltration can be attempted from around the IB area and that is why we were in a position to effectively neutralise the three” on Tuesday.

The DG said the three terrorists were carrying huge arms and ammunition like three AK-47s, 20 full magazines, 517 bullets, an 8mm pistol, 20 grenades and a GPS set along with other items on them.

The BSF chief said there are inputs of a “grave threat” to security establishments and hence the forces have beefed up and reviewed camp and perimeter security.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 19:22 IST

Samba attack: Infiltration might have happened through tunnel in Chamliyal, says BSF DG Sharma

Briefing the media on the Samba incident on Wednesday, BSF DG KK Sharma said that infiltration could have happened through a small tunnel in Chamliyal.

He added that as of now there was no technology to detect the tunnel and that the government was working towards border fencing.

Security personnel on the vigil following the militant attack on Nagrota Army camp, near Jammu on Wednesday. PTI

Security personnel on the vigil following the militant attack on Nagrota Army camp, near Jammu on Wednesday. PTI

Security forces killed three militants on Tuesday morning when a group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan through the International Border near a border outpost in Samba district of Jammu. The three militants were then killed after a “heavy firing exchange” with the Border Security Force (BSF).

The firing took place when the BSF noticed some suspicious movement in the general area of the Border Outpost Chamliyal in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir. The area was immediately cordoned off. When challenged, BSF patrol was fired upon by miscreants holed up in a tube well pumphouse, reported ANI.

Sharma also mentioned that since the 29 September surgical strikes that took place across the Line of Control, more than 15 Pakistani Rangers have been killed and more than 10 militants neutralised, along with many Pakistan border outposts destroyed.

He added that the BSF started an operation known as Operation Rustom, as they “anticipated that problems won’t be confined to LoC and will affect the IB too”.

Apparently, a 45-minute yoga session headed by Baba Ramdev has helped in getting down the “average weight of Jawans”, Sharma mentioned.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 13:28 IST

Demonetisation: Over 33 deaths reported across India after announcement of currency ban

A week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will be banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, at least 33 people have been reported dead in demonetisation-related incidents, according to Huffington Post.

As soon as the announcement was made on 8 November, a Faizabad-based businessman started feeling chest pain and died soon thereafter due to the shock, added the report.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Although the move is meant to flush out black money and put a leash on corruption, the unexpected announcement has caused a lot of inconvenience and panic among citizens across the country. There are reports of senior citizens collapsing and dying of heart attack as a result of standing in long queues outside ATMs and banks to exchange demonetised currency notes.

A 70-year-old man standing in a queue outside a bank in Maharashtra’s Nanded district died on Wednesday, reported PTI.

Digambar Mariba Kasbe, who was standing outside a branch of the State Bank of India at Tuppa, collapsed and died, they said. His body has been taken to Vishnupuri hospital for post-mortem.

According to reports, a 73-year-old man died of heart attack in Mulund, and a 48-year-old man fell from the second floor of a bank in Kerala while trying to deposit old notes on Friday.

All ATMs were shut for two days last week to help banks reload cash. However, not enough cash was available when the ATMs and banks opened after two days as many of the cash vending machines were not functioning. And the cash in few ATMs exhausted soon unable to meet the demands, PTI reported.

Some banks, however, distributed only Rs 100 denomination notes and the queues outside such banks got significantly longer due to easy exchangeability of Rs 100 notes at various shops and commercial establishments.

A farmer, 47, from Tarapur town in Ahmedabad had died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack while standing in a queue for over two hours outside a local bank.

A 69-year-old man, who was standing in a queue in Limbdi town of Surendranagar district in Gujarat, died due to a heart attack on Sunday.

Men and women stood in serpentine queues for hours to exchange or deposit their spiked notes with new ones or withdraw cash to meet their daily expenses.

Some of them were successful and many others lost patience when they couldn’t get any money. There was no respite from the chaos at banks. The security personnel had a tough time controlling crowds.

Lakshminarayana, 75, from Andhra Pradesh collapsed while waiting in a long queue for over two hours at an Andhra Bank branch in Marredpally in Secunderabad.

A teenage son of a Border Security Force officer in Bulandshahr allegedly committed suicide over not possessing smaller denomination notes on Tuesday, reported PTI.

A class 12 student of Jaypee Vidyapeeth, Sumit, was found hanging from the ceiling at his house in Anoopshahr area on Tuesday. He had asked his mother to give him smaller denomination notes, but she refused him as she herself was running out of cash, police said.

Chaotic scenes and seemingly never-ending queues could still be seen outside banks and ATMs as people hustled to get valid currency notes for meeting their daily expenses.

Adding to the customer woes, there have been reports of bank servers facing technical glitches.

It may take two more weeks before ATMs start dispensing new high-value Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Currently, they are mainly dispensing Rs 100 notes.

More and more people across the country are complaining about problems with regard to their daily basic needs as local stores have stopped lending goods and other essential items on credit.

The ongoing chaos has even led to law and order problems in parts of the country. Over a hundred people were booked for pelting stones and clashing with the employees of a bank in Sujru village in Uttar Pradesh over exchanging of old currency notes.

Grappling with unending queues and frayed tempers in banks and to check the operation of syndicates, the government on Tuesday decided to introduce a system of marking customers exchanging defunct currency notes with indelible ink from today onwards in major metro cities.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 13:10 IST

Ceasefire agreement redundant: 286 violations by Pakistan post surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK.There have been 186 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the over 190 km International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier, while 104 violations of the agreement took place along the over 500 km Line of Control (LoC). “There has been 182 ceasefire violation by Pak Rangers along IB targeting civilian areas and BoPs in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts since the surgical strike on the intervening night September 28 and 29,” a senior BSF officer said on Sunday.They also resorted to firing of 120 mortar bombs and from automatic weapons very heavily in which civilians and security personnel were killed and a large number of people including women and children suffered injuries, he said, adding that a large number of cattle perished in the shelling and huge damage was caused to houses.
ALSO READ Pak shelling kills another soldier on LoC, toll reaches 14A large population was forced out of their homes, harvesting of paddy crops halted and marriage season was badly affected in the border areas due to heavy shelling and firing. The officer said there have been 85 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu region falling under 16 Corps area and 19 ceasefire violations have been recorded along the LoC in Kashmir region falling under 15 Corps area.India and Pakistan entered into no-firing agreement along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003. On November 25, 2003, the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border, Line of Control and Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir. The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1 when eight persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.A total of 26 people, including 12 civilians, were killed and more than 85 suffered injuries in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu. The state government had closed over 400 schools along the border in Jammu region in the wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border firing.On a visit to the state in the first week of November, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had asked the army personnel posted along the Line of Control to remain alert and give a befitting response to any “misadventure” from across the border. “While complimenting their valour and fortitude, which Parrikar said was the entire nation’s pride, he also impressed upon the soldiers to remain in a very high state of alert to give a befitting response to any misadventure from across,” an army officer said.There has been 583 ceasefire violations in 2014 and 405 in 2015. In 2014 and 2015, there were 153 and 152 such violations respectively on the LoC managed by the Army. The ceasefire violations on the International Border under the control of Border Security Force in 2014 and 2015 were 430 and 253 respectively.

Maharashtra soldier among 2 killed in Pakistan shelling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Line of Control (LoC) has literally become the Line of Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. On Sunday, the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas, leaving two soldiers dead and five others, including two women, injured in Poonch and Krishna Ghati sectors of Jammu division.For the second time in the last eight days, a soldier from Maharashtra laid down his life in the line of duty on the LoC. Naik Tukpare Rajendra Narayan of Karve village in Chandbad tehsil of Kolhapur was killed in the Pakistan shelling in Poonch sector. Earlier on October 29, Border Security Force (BSF) constable Koli Nitin Subhash of Sangli, Maharashtra, had died on the LoC in Machil.The second deceased soldier was identified as Sepoy Gursewak Singh of 22-Sikh regiment. Singh hailed from Taran Tarn in Punjab, and was killed while foiling the Pakistan Army-backed infiltration bids in the Krishna Ghati sector.Now, the number of soldiers killed in Pakistan firing and shelling on LoC and International Border (IB) since September 29, when the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), has crossed 10. Nearly 12 civilians have also been killed in Pakistani action since the surgical strikes.The latest provocation started on Saturday night, when the Pakistan Army tried to push in a group of militants into the Indian side from the Krishna Ghati sector. “The alert and vigilant troops observed suspicious movement and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire while trying to sneak back towards PoK,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman in Jammu.

Jammu: Amid continuous Pak shelling, govt orders closure of 174 schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the continuous shelling from Pakistan which has resulted in the loss of lives, the Government has ordered the shutting down of 174 schools along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu region.84 schools have been closed in Balakot zone in Poonch and 45 schools in Samba district. Over 25 schools have been gutted in the Valley in the last three months since the unrest broke out after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani’s killing by Indian security forces.Earlier today, the state’s High Court stepped in and asked the government to protect the schools in the Valley which are under attack. The High Court took “suo moto cognizance” or acted of its own accord to order the state government to take preventive measures. The court also directed the police and administration to ensure protection of schools besides unmasking those responsible.Meanwhile in the wake of the continuous ceasefire violations and firing from Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a high level meeting, in which Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and other senior MHA officials were present. The Border Security Force (BSF) today targeted around 14 Pakistan posts along the International Border (IB) in response to the unprovoked firing and shelling of Pakistan Rangers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramgarh and Arnia Sector since morning.

As casualties rise, Rajnath Singh reviews tense LoC situation with Parrikar, Doval

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With cross-border firing escalating, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the situation along the Indo-Pak border where eight civilians were killed and 22 injured due to Pakistani shelling and two Pakistani soldiers killed after Indian forces retaliated. The meeting, attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and other top officials, took stock of the situation along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.Singh asked for strong action to be taken against those who are worsening the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Incidents of schools being set on fire in Jammu & Kashmir, ceasefire violations by Pakistan and BSF’s befitting reply to it were also discussed in the meet. The top security brass briefed the Home Minister and the Defence Minister the steps taken to counter firing by Pakistani forces, official sources said.Since early morning, Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling of hamlets and military posts in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani troops used heavy calibre weapons like 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs, army said.The Border Security Force, deployed along the IB, today said it had destroyed 14 posts of Pakistani Rangers in retaliatory action in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Jammu frontier. Army sources also said two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing along LoC opposite to Naushera sector of Rajouri district today.In the wake of heavy Pakistani shelling, the government has ordered closure of all the 174 government and private schools situated along the IB and LoC in Jammu. There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 27.

India giving ‘hard-hitting reply’ to Pak: Defence Ministry on ceasefire violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking serious note of the ongoing ceasefire violations from the other side of the border, the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday said the Indian troops are hitting them hard. Defence Ministry PRO Manish Mehta while providing details about the present state of affairs at the border said Pakistan is using heavy mortars, adding India is responding in equal measure.”Yesterday there was unprovoked ceasefire violation in Balakote sector where one of our brave soldiers was martyred. Today since 5:30 in the morning, they carried on unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector and presently it is intermittently carried out by them,” Mehta said. “Yesterday they had targeted civilian areas. Today, presently I don’t have those details as to what areas they have targeted. However, they have targeted our forward areas and we have also responded appropriately. They are using 120 mm i.e. heavy mortars and we are also responding in equal measure… We are hitting them hard,” he added.A 19-year-old girl has been killed and two civilians have been injured as Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire in Nowshera, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors of Jammu and Kashmir this morning.The Pakistani forces started unprovoked shelling targeting posts as well as civilian areas in Ramgarh and Arnia areas at around 6.00 a.m.The girl was killed in Ramgarh sector of Samba district while the two civilians sustained injuries in Arnia sector. The injured have been admitted to the nearby hospital for immediate medical aid. Dr Naseeb Chand Dhingra told ANI in Jammu that three patients have been brought from RS Pura sector, adding they have sustained sprinter injuries.However, the Border Security Force (BSF) is strongly retaliating to the unprovoked firing from the other side of the border in Samba sector. Meanwhile, an encounter is presently underway between the security forces and terrorists in Bandipora’s Ajar village.Yesterday, an army jawan and a woman were killed as the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the LoC in Rajouri and Mendhar sectors. The Indian Army on Saturday launched retaliatory fire assaults at Pakistan Army positions, inflicting massive damage across the border by destroying four posts across the LoC in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.The Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire repeatedly in Kathua and RS Pura sector along the International Border on Saturday. A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Machil Sector.An Indian soldier was killed on Friday and his body was mutilated by terrorists in an attack near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly half a dozen people and four BSF soldiers have been killed so far and over 30 others injured in the recent skirmishes along the international border.

BSF jawan, Army soldier fall to cross-border bullets in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is a battle like situation on the International Border (IB) in Jammu division. Pakistan Rangers killed another Border Security Force (BSF) soldier, the third in the last five days, injuring seven civilians including three women when they resorted to heavy gunfire along the IB in the RS Pora and Arnia sectors of Jammu division on Wednesday night.In a separate incident, an Army jawan was killed and another injured when troops foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Tangdhar sector.Border Security Force later hit back and killed one Pakistan Ranger grievously injuring another in retaliation to the cross-border firing and shelling along the IB in the Jammu division.BSF head constable Jitender Kumar, Bihar was killed when he received shrapnel wounds in shelling at Abdulian area of RS Pora sector. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. “Salutes to martyr Jitender Kumar for standing tall to frontiers, defending borders till his last breath. True to motto,” tweeted BSF.Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked shelling at 8.30 pm on Wednesday targeting 15 Border Outposts (BOPs) and more than 18 villages. Seven civilians including three women were injured when a shell exploded in Gopar Basti area of RS Pora sector.Pakistan Rangers have been using long range weapons including 82 mm, having a range of 4.5 kilometers and 120 mm mortars, with a range of seven kilometers, to hit deep into the civilian areas along the IB. Pakistan fired around 200 shells during the night to target BSF and civilian areas.Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, DK Upadhyaya told DNA that BSF is retaliating heavily and in the retaliatory fire one Pakistani Ranger has been shot dead and another has been grievously injured.”Two Rangers were shot by the BSF at two different places. They (Pakistan Rangers) somehow managed to evacuate one of them. Another has been shot dead and he is lying there only. They are targeting almost every post. It is happening in RS Pora, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors,” he said.Upadhyaya noted Pakistan Rangers are making desperate attempts to push in militants to Indian side (under the cover of shelling). “They have been making desperate attempts to send the militants in. That is always there.And that is their prime motive,” he said.In another incident, Indian Army foiled a major infiltration bid when they intercepted a group of militants trying to sneak in from the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector. “In the ensuing encounter one soldier has been martyred and another injured,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Pakistan shelling has also forced thousands of villagers living close to the IB to flee from their homes. Police said 90 per cent of population living around 12 villages have shifted to safer areas to escape the shelling. “Since Wednesday around 18 people are injured in Pakistan shelling. Only 10 per cent people are currently living in 10 to 12 shelling prone villages. Ninety per cent of people have already shifted,” Surinder Chaudhary, sub divisional police officer, RS Pora, told DNA.Police said most of the villagers of shelling prone areas are putting up with their relatives in the safer areas.”We have set up camps for the people of the shelling-prone villages. Most of the people have gone to their relatives places. Last night, around 250 people were putting up in shelter camps,” said Chaudhary. Pakistan army, meanwhile, has violated the ceasefire in Sunderbani sector which is being strongly retaliated by the Indian Army.

J-K: Assistant sub-inspector of BSF, 11 civilians injured in Pak firing in RS Pura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assistant sub-inspector of Border Security Force (BSF) and at least 11 civilians were injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday.Heavy exchanges of gunfire are on for the last 24 hours.Several houses of civilians were damaged during the ceasefire violation by Pakistan.In the wake of escalated tension and continuing shelling, the border people are asked not to venture out of their houses and take all precautionary measures.Pakistani shelling in civilian areas has once again created panic among the border people.The international border in RS Pura and Naushera sector of Jammu region has been rough over the past week.A six-year-old boy and a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier were killed in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector earlier on October 24.Another BSF soldier and eight civilians were also injured in the firing.Another BSF jawan Gurnam Singh, who was hit in the sniper attack in Hiranagar sector along the International Border in Kathua district on Friday night, had died late on Saturday.Multiple ceasefire violations have been reported along the International Border and Line of Control after India conducted surgical strikes across the border in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to target staging areas for terrorists last month.Pakistan has, however, denied the cross-border raids.

#Sandesh2Soldiers: PM Modi urges citizens to send Diwali wishes for Indian soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the run up to Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a campaign to send messages to our soldiers who are at the frontlines. It is being viewed as a gesture to boost their morale, especially in the face of increased skirmishes across the border between India and Pakistan.The messages can be submitted to the website mygov.in, by anyone who wants to send a message to the Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Taking to Twitter, the PM said:Actors Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar are amongst many who have already extended their wishes to the armed forces. Cricketer Virender Sehwag also posted a video in his trademark style and ended with an earnest “Aap hai toh hum hai. Jai Hind” (I am because you are. Jai Hind).Here are some of the tweets for #Sandesh2Soldiers:The Prime Minister had earlier spent the Diwali of 2015 with soldiers posted at the harsh terrain of Siachen. Doordarshan will also be hosting programmes around the messages sent to the soldiers by civilians, as a part of an initiative to applaud the armed forces.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri, Kashmir

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Jammu: Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated a 2003 ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district using automatics and small arms to target Indian positions.

Defence Ministry sources said the Pakistanis resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector.

“Firing is still going on,” an official said.

Pakistan Rangers on Monday used mortars and automatic weapons to target civilian and military facilities on the International Border in Jammu. The attack killed a Border Security Force trooper and a minor.

Rajnath speaks to BSF DG; takes stock of border situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation along the International Border on Monday near Jammu where one BSF jawan was killed and three others were injured following heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani forces.Singh, who is Bahrain on a three-day tour, spoke over phone with Director General of Border Security Force KK Sharma, who briefed the Home Minister about the situation along the International Border. “Spoke to DG BSF who apprised me of the situation in border areas of Jammu region. The BSF is capable of giving befitting reply. I salute the bravery and sacrifice of BSF jawan Sushil Kumar who was martyred in RS Pura sector of Jammu region last night,” Singh tweeted.The BSF jawan was killed and three others were injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire, resorting to heavy shelling and firing from automatic weapons in several sectors along the International Border in Jammu district.There have been over 40 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops since India carried out surgical strikes in PoK after the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.

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Gurnam Singh’s body brought home, father proud of ‘supreme sacrifice’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Constable Gurnam Singh won the battle against Pakistan-backed infiltrators but lost the war with his life. The 26-year-old Border Security Force (BSF) soldier valiantly repulsed a major Pakistan-abetted infiltration on the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Wednesday night.Seemingly angry by his bravery, Pakistan Rangers sniped at him on Friday morning causing him serious head injuries. Seven Pakistan Rangers and a militant were killed when BSF launched an aggressive offensive after the sniper attack. Son of soil, Constable Gurnam Singh of RS Pora Jammu was rushed to the Government Medical College hospital Jammu where he breathed his last on Saturday night.”Constable Gurnam Singh was instrumental in repulsing forced infiltration by terrorists on intervening night of October 19 and 20. He was targeted by Pakistan on October 21. The soldier struggled hard but could not win over the war of life and attained highest sacrifice in the line of duty for the nation,” said a BSF spokesman.
ALSO READ BSF pays tribute to Gurnam Singh; says he was ‘instrumental’ in foiling infiltrationPride and pain galore his village when the mortal remains of the martyr reached the area for last rites on Sunday. Patriotic slogans rent the air as people paid their last respect to the soldier.”I am proud of the supreme sacrifice of my son for the motherland. I feel happy that my son bravely defended the border and gave befitting reply to Pakistan rangers and terrorists. He killed one of them and pushed back five others,” said Kulbir Singh, father of the slain constable Gurnam Singh.The sacrifice of Gurnam has only strengthened the aim of the family who want a hospital to be constructed for the injured soldiers where they could be treated by the specialist doctors. “As a child Gurnam used to salute BSF vehicles passing by. Since childhood, he wanted to join the BSF. All boys who attain martyrdom are like my sons,” he saidAdditional director general of BSF, Arun Kumar said that Gurnam Singh’s sacrifice shall be remembered forever and a case will be sent to the government recommending gallantry award for him.”Some days ago Pakistan tried to push some infiltrators into our side. Gurnam Singh bravely fought the infiltrators and thwarted their plans to cross the border. One terrorist was even killed. On the next day Pakistan launched a sniper attack in which he received head wounds. He was shifted to GMS hospital and we were about to shift him to Delhi but we lost him in the night,” said Kumar.The ADG of BSF noted that the history of bravery and this valiant act of Gurnam Singh has once again proved that BSF soldiers are always ready to sacrifice their life for the nation.

BSF trooper Gurnam Singh, injured in Pakistan firing, dies in Jammu

Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) trooper injured in Pakistan sniper firing on Friday on the international border in Kathua district, succumbed to critical injuries in the hospital on Sunday.

Police said the BSF constable, Gurnam Singh, who was injured in Pakistan sniper fire in Bobiya area of Hira Nagar sector of the international border on Friday, succumbed in the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu city.

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Following the sniper injury to their trooper, the BSF had launched an offensive in which, it claimed, seven Pakistan Rangers and a militant were killed on Friday.

Gurnam Singh belonged to Bhalesar village of RS Pura in Jammu district.

Mandeep Singh and Gurjeet Kour, brother and sister of the deceased trooper have alleged that despite a critical head injury, their brother was not shifted for specialised treatment to a neurological facility outside the state.

The BSF had said it was prepared to provide all assistance to its trooper and his family, but would go by medical advice regarding the shifting of the injured trooper to a hospital outside J&K.

Hundreds of villagers in Bhalesar village had been praying for recovery of the injured BSF trooper.

BSF retaliates to Pakistan’s sniper attack; neutralise 1 militant, 7 Rangers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>​The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday evening said that the army launched an offensive on Friday morning after the Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district. “In a befitting reply to a sniper attack of Pakistani Rangers at 9:35am on Friday morning in Hiranagar Sector of Jammu, BSF launched an offensive. During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapon one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead. Today in Hiranagar Sector, Pakistani Rangers injured one BSF trooper Constable Gurnam Singh, he was evacuated and his condition is critical,” said BSF on Friday evening. After the BSF foiled an infiltration bid in Hiranagar’s Bobiyan in Jammu on Wednesday night, Pak Rangers targeted the same area on Friday morning. Pakistani troops used small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm mortars bombs to target Indian positions. ​With this, the number of ceasefire violations along the IB and the LoC in the state after surgical strikes by the Indian Army in PoK has risen to 31. Indian and Pakistani forces are exchanging fire for past four days in the sector. Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire five times in past four days. Pakistani troops on Thursday had heavily shelled areas in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC in Rajouri district.

Pakistan violates another ceasefire in J&K, resort to firing in Pooch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016-11:21am , Poonch (J&K) , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani forces resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Poonch District along the LoC and Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday night.”Detailed checking revealed that the firing at International Border in Kathua was an attempted forced infiltration bid by a group of six terrorists, foiled,” Border Security Force (BSF) official said.The Pakistani forces also started unprovoked firing on Indian posts in Bobiya area of Hirangar sector along the International Border in Kathua around 11:30 pm on Wednesday.The troops guarding the borderline retaliated the firing and the exchange of fire lasted for about four hours. There is no report of any casualty or injury on the Indian side.

Dhaka-New Delhi bonhomie to touch new high

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first of its kind, cross-border cooperation, India is planning to allow Bangladesh to build its Border Outposts (BOPs) manned by Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on the Indian side to help restrict the movement of insurgents groups.The idea came up when BGB said that it was very difficult for its personnel to watch and detect movement because of the dense foliage on their side of the International Border (IB), and they could do well if they are facilitated by India to build their BOPs on the Indian side that has clearing and good embankment roads.Later, it was discussed at the DG level between Border Security Force (BSF) and BGB, and then between the home ministers of the two countries, and given in principle approval.”The proposal is at an advance stage with the union home ministry and likely to be cleared soon. If cleared it will be the first of its kind border cooperation between two countries in the world. It shows the kind of confidence level the two countries enjoys with each other.””It will prove highly effective to control the movement of insurgent groups and smuggling cartels from Bangladesh side through the forested area, especially along the Chittagong hill tracts,”said highly placed sources.Once cleared at the highest level, as it involves tinkering with the international border, the BSF is likely to facilitate BGB in Tripura, Mizoram and Assam that sit on the Chittagong hill tracts (CHT) and some forested patches along the border in West Bengal, and Meghalaya also to build their BOPs on the Indian side.The first such BOPs of BGB may come up along the international borders in Tripura and Mizoram, and depending on their efficacy in other northeastern states.After committing terrorist acts, most northeast insurgent groups use CHT route to cross over to Bangladesh and then Myanmar to escape Indian security forces. Many of the insurgent groups have also established camps in CHT.The Chittagong hill tracts in Bangladesh covering an area of 5,093 sq. miles, touch boundaries with Indian states of Tripura in north, and Mizoram on the east, and Arakan state of Myanmar on south and east, and provides an ideal base for anti-India insurgent groups like ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom), PLA, UNLF and PREPAK and KYKL etc. India fears that here, they could obtain support from the JMB and other Bangladesh terror groups to launch terror attacks in India.

Third Pakistani boat apprehended in a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force on Wednesday morning apprehended a boat with nine Pakistani nationals in Chauhan Nala, Creek area of Bhuj. This is the third boat to be intercepted inside Indian borders in a week.BSF PRO, Shubhendu Bharadwaj said that a BSF speed boat patrolling in creel area noticed a wooden fishing boats in Indian waters near G-43 pillar. “The Pakistani nationals are being questioned. Other than fishing related equipment nothing objectionable was found,” he said.On Tuesday, the BSF had spotted an empty Pakistani boat which appeared to have drifted accidentally in the Ravi river in Amritsar, Punjab. No suspicious material was found.BSF DG K K Sharma during a press briefing had said that BSF troops are alert on the border areas to prevent any intrusion from Pakistan territory.Last week the Coast Guard apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members last week during patrolling.Post Uri attack last month, the Center has issued high alert in the Western states bordering Pakistan. Gujarat which has a maritime boundary with Sindh in Pakistan has high number of cases where fishermen trespass waywardly in each other’s territory. Until investigation is completed fishermen who mostly belong from poor communities languish in jails in India and Pakistan.

BSF captures Pakistani boat near Gujarat, nine people apprehended

BSF captures Pakistani boat near Gujarat, nine people apprehended

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The BSF on Wednesday intercepted a Pakistani boat in Sir Creek area adjoining Gujarat’s Kutch district close to the Pakistan maritime border with nine people on board.

A senior Border Security Force official said the boat “with eight to nine persons on board was caught by our patrol team in the morning close to the Sir Creek area.

“Interrogation teams have been sent to inquire about them in depth. So far, we have seized only fish and some fishing equipment from the boat.

“But the possibility of these people spying for Pakistan can’t be ruled out,” an officer said.

On Tuesday, the BSF had seized an empty boat belonging to the Pakistan Rangers after it drifted from across the border into the frontier district of Amritsar in Punjab.

The boat, painted in green and carrying a Pakistani flag, was washed into the Indian territory by the Ravi river that flows into India from across the border.

The Indian Coast Guard on Sunday had apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew off the Gujarat coast.

With inputs from IANS

Confusion reigns over Baramulla attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director General of Border Security Force K K Sharma today denied that the death of constable Nitin Kumar took place in a friendly fire. A day after militants attacked an Army-BSF camp in Baramulla and fled, contradictory reports have emerged raising doubts on the operation that killed the young BSF constable.The BSF, while giving details of the attack said that militants had lobbed a grenade which landed close to Kumar and shrapnel hit his groin. He died after bleeding profusely from his injury. Interacting with media on the sidelines of India-Bangladesh border co-ordination conference, DG Sharma strongly denied this version of events and said constable Kumar died bravely and continued firing even when he was injured. He however added there was no way to know whose actions (on firing or grenade) killed him because it was dark.The Centre was reportedly miffed over allowing militants to escape in the `hit-and-run’ operation, although such attacks on military establishments were expected following the cross-border surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). BSF officials said the militants took advantage of the darkness to flee. During sanitising and combing operation when the illuminator was lit up, BSF recovered GPS trackers, a compass and wire-cutter as evidence that militants planned to enter the camp.However, reports contradicted the BSF version and claimed that on late Sunday night, BSF personnel spotted some suspicious activity on the rear side of the camp near Jhelum river. They suspected human movement as dogs began to bark and fired some gunshots in the air. When the army troopers who share the camp accommodation with BSF heard the shots, they too fired in the direction of ‘suspected militants’. It was during this panic of both, BSF and Army forces shooting that constable Kumar was grievously injured allegedly from the shots in this firing, and not from terrorists. He later succumbed to his wounds.

Three injured in fresh Pakistan ceasefire violations in Kashmir

Srinagar: Two women and a man were injured in mortar and small arms firing from across the de facto boundary with Pakistan on Monday as border tension continued amid fresh ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Defence sources said Pakistan Rangers fired indiscriminately using mortars and automatic weapons to target Indian border outposts in Akhnoor sector of the International Border in Jammu district.

Indian border guards effectively retaliated using same calibre weapons, they said. The intermittent fire exchanges continued in Akhnoor till noon.

Frightened by shelling and firing, dozens of families abandoned homes, cattle and agricultural fields in Pallanwalla area and fled to safer places.

Similar scenes were witnessed in Poonch near the Line of Control (LoC) later when Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling and firing in Shahpur, using 82 mm mortar shells which fell in a large area on the Indian side.

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Three civilians sustained splinter injuries. Police said the injured were removed to hospital.

The third violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement occurred in Sabjiyan sector of Poonch when Pakistan Army used mortars and heavy fire arms to target Indian posts.

Intermittent shelling and firing exchanges were still going on at both Shahpur and Sabjiyan sectors till late Monday evening.

The fresh border skirmishes came hours after militants attacked the local headquarters of a counter-insurgency military unit on the banks of the Jhelum river in a north Kashmir village on Sunday night, killing a paramilitary trooper.

Border Security Force (BSF) troopers guarding the outpost of the camp were the first to engage at least two militants in a gunfight at the entrance of the camp.

Police said the militants with clear intent to enter the camp lobed over a dozen grenades before opening automatic gunfire at the outpost.

The militants, however, managed to escape under the cover of darkness and a six-hour-long search to locate them yielded no result.

Security forces recovered a GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter besides some ammunition from the shootout site.

Inspector General (Kashmir) of the BSF Vikash Chandra said two militants were involved in the attack.

“My boys from the spot confirmed that there were at least two terrorists who were firing at them,” he said.

Security forces are now assessing as to how the militants managed to reach the outpost of the camp since it is situated in a highly secured area of Baramulla town.

BSF hands back thirsty Pak boy who crossed LoC by mistake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a noble gesture amid heightened tension between the two countries, the BSF handed back to Pakistan authorities a 12-year-old boy who had accidentally crossed over to the Indian side in search of drinking water.Officials said the the boy identified as Md Tanveer was apprehended by the Border Security Force last evening at the Dona Telu Mal border post in Punjab. They said he “inadvertently” crossed the International Border (IB) and came over to the Indian side in search of drinking water from a tubewell as he was thirsty. The BSF, officials said, took care of Tanveer overnight and kept him at their camp and early today contacted their Pakistani counterparts so that he could be sent back to his village Dhari in the Kasur district of that country. “Tanveer was handed over to the Rangers at about 11:00 AM today as per the policy of handing back inadvertent crossers on humanitarian grounds,” they said. An Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, is in Pakistan’s custody after he “inadvertently” crossed over last week. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said a well- established mechanism through the DGMO has been activated to bring back Chavan.

Terror, hatred can never succeed: Rahul Gandhi on attack on BSF camp

Mon, 3 Oct 2016-07:59pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Condemning the militant attack on the two adjoining camps of BSF and Army in Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said on Monday terror and hatred can never succeed against the courage and resolve of our soldiers.”Strongly condemn the attack on the army base in Baramulla.Terror&hatred can never succeed against the courage&resolve of our bravehearts,” he said on Twitter.A BSF personnel was killed while another was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and the paramilitary force in Baramulla.The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces. “My thoughts&prayers are with our soldiers as they defend and protect our country. Salute to the martyr who laid down his life,” Gandhi said.

Indian Army giving befitting reply to terrorists: Rajnath Singh

Indian Army giving befitting reply to terrorists: Rajnath Singh

Updated: Oct 3, 2016 18:37 IST

#India #Pakistan #Rajnath Singh #Terrorism #TheySaidIt

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Leh: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Indian Army is giving a “befitting reply” to the terrorists as well as to continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

“Our soldiers and army are giving a befitting reply,” Singh said in reaction to Sunday night’s attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Baramulla town of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Militants attacked a camp of the counter-insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Janbazpora area of Baramulla on Sunday night. One BSF trooper was killed and another injured in exchange of fire during the attack.

File photo of Rajnath Singh. AFP

File photo of Rajnath Singh. AFP

Rajnath Singh made the remarks after reaching Leh on his two-day visit to Ladakh as part of the central government’s efforts to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The visit comes as tension escalated along the Line of Control and the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at seven terror launch pads on September 29 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Singh also said that he will meet the delegation from Leh and Ladakh people and listen to their problems. “I will try to resolve their problems,” Singh added.

Earlier, 19 soldiers were martyred in the 18 September terror attack at an army camp in Uri town of north Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Saujian, Mandi sectors of Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing to attack Indian Army post, Pakistan violated the ceasefire second time in the last 24 hours in the Saujian and Mandi sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army retaliated to the ceasefire violation.Earlier today, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Shahpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.Heavy mortar shelling and firing was reported from the Pakistani side in Poonch. Till now there are no reports of casualties on either side.The fresh attack comes after terrorists attacked the Indian Army and BSF camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla, late on Sunday night.Around three-four terrorists, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiaz Hussain claimed that the security forces could not retaliate in a heavy manner fearing civilian casualties.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Baramulla attack: Search called off, militants’ attempt at entry foiled

Srinagar: The over six-hour long search operation against militants was called off on Monday morning as the security forces said the attackers had failed to breach the security parameters of the army camp in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town.

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One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and another injured late Sunday night when a group of heavily armed guerrillas attacked the camp of counter insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Baramulla.

“Militants with suicide intent used grenades and heavy automatic gunfire to enter the camp in Janbazpora,” a senior police official said.

“They first attacked the outpost of the camp which is guarded by the BSF,” a senior police officer said.

“The attempt of the ‘Fidayeen’ militants to enter the camp was foiled by the security forces.”

The officer said a massive search operation was launched to locate the militants immediately after the two-hour long gunfire exchange stopped.

“After six hours, the search operation was called off and traffic restored in the area,” he said.

The suicide attack at the 46 RR camp is the first such assault in the wake of the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on 29 September morning across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

On 18 September, militants had killed 19 soldiers and injured 29 others in the garrison town of Uri, which is also located in the same district.

J &K: 2 militants neutralised in attack on Rashtriya Rifles camp in Baramulla; 1 jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), militants launched a major attack on an Army camp at Baramulla town on late Sunday evening. Late night reports said two terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were killed. One jawan was wounded.The gunfight started at 10.30 pm when unknown militants attacked the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Janbazpora area.Taking advantage of the darkness, militants first lobbed grenades and then opened heavy fire on the camp, sources said. The Army immediately retaliated on the militants. The exchange of heavy firing between the militants and the Army was on till reports came in.“Terrorists opened fire on the Army camp. The exchange of fire is still going on”, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.Panic has gripped the area, which has been witnessing massive protests and stone-pelting for the last few months. The entire area has been rattled by gun roars as the locals apprehend another major standoff between the troops and the militants in the area.“Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.It was not immediately known whether it was a fidayeen strike or a standalone militant attack on the Army camp. There was no confirmation of any casualty immediately.Locals said that the entire area has been sealed and heavy volume of gunfire has broken the eerie calm in the area. “We were retiring to bed when we heard the gunshots. We do not know what is happening in the vicinity. It seems heavy gunfight is on,” said a local of the old town.The attack has come four days after Indian Army launched surgical strikes on the terror launch pads on the other side of Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The attack comes 15 days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens barged into the Army’s 12 brigade headquarters at Uri and unleashed mayhem, killing 19 soldiers and injuring 20 others.

Search operation, flag march in villages near Indo-Pak border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday carried out a joint search operation and flag march in villages near Indo-Pak border, amid a heightened vigil in the wake of the Uri attack a week ago.The objective of carrying out search operation was to ensure safety, security and thwart any attempt by intruders coming from across the border, Pathankot police said. As many as 150 security personnel including SWAT team members also participated in the search operation with Pathankot SP (Operation) Hem Pushp leading the Punjab police team.The operation was carried out in 12 villages, situated near Indo-Pak border and Jammu and Kashmir, which fall under Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamial police stations, police said. The villages where search was conducted included Bamial, Dhalotar, Plah Vadda and Chhota, Bhupalpur, Dhinda and Dostpur. After the search operation, a flag march was also taken out by the security agencies, police said.On September 18, an alert was sounded in Punjab’s border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur following the terror strike on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 18 soldiers.Earlier this year, terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border had attacked Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1-2 while Dinanagar in Gurdaspur was targeted on July 27 last year.The Pathankot attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed. Three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.

JKLF opposes construction of army colonies in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik has strongly objected to a government plan to construct colonies for army soldiers and officers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”Whether the soldier is a resident of Jammu and Kashmir or is a resident of India, we will not accept this colony on any grounds. Tomorrow, you will ask for land to build colonies for CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and BSF (Border Security Force). Already a lot of land has been given to the army,” Malik told media here on Friday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In April 2015, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, NN Vohra, approved the establishment of army colony in Srinagar and said that 21.6 acres of land had been identified for the colonies.However, under severe criticism, the state government has denied the allotment of land to army colonies.Malik also claimed that ?atrocities? on native Kashmiris have risen ever since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine came to power in the state last year.He also protested against the creation of separate settlements for Kashmiri Hindus in the state.

BSF recovers heroin worth Rs 10 crore along International Border

Border Security Force (BSF) has seized heroin with street value of Rs 10 crore and foiled a smuggling bid along International Border (IB) in Jammu district.Acting on a specific information, BSF launched a search operation along IB in RS Pura sector of Jammu district yesterday, a senior BSF officer said on Saturday.During the search, two packets weighing approximately one kilogram each containing granular substance was found hidden at International Border near a tree.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The packets were seized from the place and after sample test of the recovered substance, it was found to be heroin estimated to be worth Rs 10 crore,” the officer said.

Forces on extra vigil amid record IED seizure, rising casualties in Naxal zone

New Delhi: Security forces conducting operations in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states have been directed to be extra vigilant in view of enhanced IED attacks and an all-time high recovery of over 5,000 kg of the deadly bombs in these areas.

With back-to-back incidents of security forces personnel and civilians being targeted by using these bombs in the affected states in the recent past, Central security agencies and the operations command of the CRPF have ordered a “strict observance” of operating procedures, usage of sniffer dogs, absolute discard of vehicles and effective gathering of intelligence every time a patrol goes out or an operation is executed.

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A report prepared by these agencies states that as many as 1,702 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing about 5,908 kgs have been recovered from the LWE-affected states last year.

The report, accessed by PTI, states that during 2014, only 523 IEDs were recovered and they weighed about half of what was recovered in 2015.

What has worried the security establishment is the fact that fatal injuries and casualties have occurred to the troops of Central forces like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and those from state police units.

“Gun battles are reducing between security forces and Naxals. It has been analysed that Maoist cadres are low on weapons and obviously no match with the security forces when it comes to fire power. Hence, IED attacks of the deadly variety are increasing,” a senior official working in the anti-Naxal operations domain said.

While 19 troops lost their lives in the line of duty due to IED blasts and 67 got injured (with six amputations) in 2014, the next year saw three personnel getting killed and 47 injured (three personnel had to undergo amputation).

“Maoists have elevated IED warfare on the security forces using a cocktail of command wire IEDs to victim operated IEDs to radio controlled ones. They are capable of launching rocket attacks on camps of security forces, blowing mine proof vehicles apart and creating a minefield for targeting a foot patrol. So, wherever the forces are in conflict zones they can be targeted,” the report said.

The official added, “Now, in the first about four months of this year, we are witnessing a spurt in IED related casualties and injuries again. While nine personnel lost their lives, 13 have been injured and two had to undergo amputation during this time period. About 250 such improvised bombs have been recovered this year.”

The last year, the data said, also witnessed the recovery of the highest number of detonators—at 20,871—used to trigger these IEDs. In 2014, the numbers were a mere 6,643.

“An advisory has been issued again to the forces keeping in mind the spurt in these incidents. Every week, such incidents are happening with the maximum being reported from Bastar area of Chhattisgarh. Not only personnel of the security forces, civilians have also become a target of these deadly kill devices,” the official said.

The CRPF, mainstay for anti-Naxal operations in the country, has recently admitted that it has witnessed a smart technique of planting these IEDs deep inside ‘pucca’ roads with Maoists creating ‘fox holes and tunnels’ to plant these bombs.

One such technique of planting IEDs claimed the lives of seven of its men who were travelling in an un-marked vehicle in order to transport a cooler for a force dog in Chhattisgarh.

In 2015, a total of 41 such incidents of IED explosions took place which was the highest in the last five years, the data said.

In order to buttress the threat level of IEDs, the advisory specifically talks about two incidents where a seven-year-old girl and a woman were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma due to IED blasts thereby underlining the fact that even civilians are not safe from the impact of these bombs.

PTI

Body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh brought back to the country

Amritsar: The body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died in suspicious circumstances in a Lahore jail last week, was brought back to India on Tuesday.

A family member holds up Kirpal Singh's photograph. AFP

A family member holds up Kirpal Singh’s photograph. AFP

Pakistani authorities handed over the body to Border Security Force (BSF) officials at the Attari-Wagah land border check post after completing necessary formalities.

Close relatives and residents of Kirpal Singh’s village were present at Attari, 30 km from here, when the body was brought back to India.

Kirpal Singh, a former serviceman, had been lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison since 1992. He died on 11 April.

Pakistani authorities had labelled him a spy and got him convicted for terror attacks inside Pakistan.

While Pakistan attributed his death to heart attack, his family has alleged he was murdered in prison. Kirpal Singh, the family has maintained, had inadvertently crossed into Pakistan and was arrested and charged with spying by Pakistan authorities.

BSF repatriates minor boy from Pakistan who crossed border accidentally

Amritsar: A minor boy from Pakistan who crossed over into Indian territory along International Border (IB) in Punjab’s Abohar sector was on Friday handed over to Pakistani Rangers by the Border Security Force (BSF).

“M D Waqas Akram, a resident of Pakistan’s Bhawalnagar had crossed over to India inadvertently through International Boundary on 14 April,” BSF DIG Punjab Frontier R S Kataria said.

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Akram, around 13-14 year old, was apprehended by BSF troops at Border Out Post Nirmal, Ex-90 Bn BSF, Abohar Sector, he said.

During questioning, it came to notice that the boy had crossed over to Indian territory inadvertently. Nothing objectionable was found from his possession, the DIG said.

Immediate after questioning, a flag meeting was held with the Pakistan Rangers on Friday and the boy was handed over to them on humanitarian ground, the DIG added.

Two Pakistani nationals (including Akram), who had crossed over inadvertently so far this year, have been handed over to Pakistan Rangers by the Border Security Force, Punjab Frontier, said DIG.

Concerns mount for security forces after Maoists acquire advanced tech to trigger off IEDs

New Delhi: The Maoists have acquired a new level of advanced technology to set off Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which has left the security forces operating in the left-wing extremist areas worried. An alert sent by the Operations Directorate of the Border Security Force says that the Maoists have now got the know-how of using remote or combination of switches in IEDs that enables them to target security forces with utmost precision.

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Representational image. AFP

The BSF was alarmed by first such incident in January this year when an IED blast led to the death of its two personnel in Odisha’s Dandabari village, close to Chhattisgarh. About 20 BSF troops were returning on 10 motorcycles on the night of 7 January after tracking a group of Maoists when an IED set by Maoists blew up the first motorcycle carrying deputy commandant Sunil Behera and constable Sibasis Panda. After a thorough search of the site, the BSF troops found no wire on the either side of the road that is usually used by the Maoists to trigger off the IED from a safe distance.

After ten days, an operations party of the BSF conducted further searches in the area and recovered a black antenna unit normally used in two-wheeler’s anti-theft alarm system. The unit manufactured by a Coimbatore-based company, Roots Auto, was connected with two 6 volts battery on one side and with the IED on the other side. The recovery, says the alert, confirmed the use of remote along with combination of switches. The two switches are for “arming” and “firing”. In this case, the condition of the motorcycle suggested that the IED blasted when the motorcycle was exactly on top of the IED. The Maoists had switched the IED on by “arming” it with a remote just before the motorcycle arrived and the subsequent pressure led to the activation of “firing” switch, leading to the blast.

In another recovery, the BSF recovered a similar unit with number “128” on it, suggesting that many such switches had been assembled. The BSF alert has recommended that a special drive be conducted to train security forces about the new technology. It also says that while searching for IEDs, the troops should look out for antennas, especially those used in automobiles, toys and home appliances.

The achievement of new sophistication in IEDs acquires more significance in the wake of recent intelligence inputs that the Maoists have decided to target security forces through such blasts rather than using its cadre for guerrilla warfare. In the last three months in Bastar alone, the Maoists have carried out around three-dozen IED blasts. This change in the Maoist strategy has been attributed to increased security operations in left-wing extremist areas, leading to a significant reduction in the striking capability of the Maoists.

Assam Rifles not being withdrawn from Myanmar border

Shillong: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ruled out the withdrawal of Assam Rifles from the Indo-Myanmar border and its replacement with another paramilitary force, saying no such decision has been taken yet.

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“We have not taken any decision yet. Whenever we take any such decision, we will let you know,” he told reporters here, on the sidelines of a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ organised on the occasion of the 181st Raising Day of Assam Rifles.

There have been reports that the central government may entrust the task of guarding this border to another border guarding force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Border Security Force (BSF) was earlier being considered for the task and it had also prepared an assessment report in this regard.

India and Myanmar share an unfenced border of 1,643 km adjoining Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Nagaland (215 km), Manipur (398 km) and Mizoram (510 km) and permit a “free movement” regime up to 16 km across the border.

Assam Rifles, raised in 1835, functions under the operational command of the Union Home Ministry. The Home Minister is on a two-day tour of Meghalaya.

PTI

BSF may be withdrawn from LoC, deployed to secure India-Pakistan IB

Government is mulling a proposal to “thin out” presence of BSF personnel on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and deploy them along the International Border (IB) in Punjab and Jammu regions in the wake of the Pathankot airbase terrorist attack.Officials said a proposal to de-induct at least four out of the dozen-odd battalions of Border Security Force (BSF) from LoC has already been sent to the Union Home Ministry and a note for taking a final decision in this regard by the Cabinet Committee on Security will be prepared soon after deliberations with the Ministry of Defence and army.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top sources in the security establishment said National Security Council, headed by NSA Ajit Doval, is considering whether all 12 BSF battalions can be removed from LoC and deployed as the ‘second tier’ of defence, behind existing BSF positions, along IB which witnessed incidents of terrorists crossing over the border to attack vital military, police and civilian establishments in Jammu and Punjab.The move, however, is being strongly opposed by senior BSF commanders as they feel that its removal from LoC where its men are deployed under the operational command of the army will take away vital exposure of the personnel who have been performing ‘war time’-like duties on this frontier with Pakistan since 1965. “A proposal in this regard is being discussed at present. The proposal entails that a good number of BSF battalions should be withdrawn from LoC and re-deployed as the second tier of security along IB which is prone to infiltration attempts,” a senior official said.He, however, said no ground assessment of forward areas along the Pakistani frontier has been done in this regard. The official, quoting the proposal prepared in this regard, said the decision was taken as the force requires more men to secure IB and it could only be done by de-inducting units from other places as there is a dearth of reserve battalions in BSF and technological solutions being deployed to plug border gaps and breaches along IB will take some more time.

2 BSF men killed, 4 injured in Naxal encounter in Chhattisgarh

Two BSF jawans were today killed while four others injured in a Naxal encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district.The encounter broke out early today between a Border Security Force patrol and armed Naxal cadres near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence- hit district, officials said.”While two jawans have been martyred in the exchange of fire, four others have been injured,” they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Skirmish took place at around 2:30 am when a composite squad of BSF and district force was on a special operation in the interior forests of Bande police station area of the district, Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jayant Vaishnav said over phone.A joint squad of BSF’s 117th and 122nd battalion along with district force had launched the anti-Naxal operation from Chhotebethiya camp of BSF in Pakhanjore region – located around 300 kms away from the state capital, the DSP said, adding that when the security forces reached near a river in the dense forest of Becha village, Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them, leaving six jawans injured.Two succumbed to their injuries while being airlifted to Raipur and four other injured have been shifted to Raipur and admitted at Ramkrishna Care Hospital, Vaishnav said.The deceased jawans have been identified as Vijay Kumar and Rakesh Nehra, while the injured are Manoj Kumar, S Thomson, Jagdish K and Bappa D.Both the personnel who were killed were inducted into the force in 2011-12.According to police, ultras attacked on security personnel as a part of a one-day Bastar-bandh call today.The bandh call was given by the naxals in protest against the alleged fake encounter and surrender of tribals in the region, according to posters pasted on the walls in different places.

Pakistan hands 87 freed prisoners to India

Eighty-seven Indians, mostly fishermen arrested in Pakistan for allegedly violating its territorial waters, were on Monday handed over to India at the Wagah Border after being released from a prison.”We have handed 87 Indians, mostly fishermen, to the Border Security Force,” a Pakistan Rangers official told reporters at the Wagah Border. He said the Indian nationals have been handed over to the Indian authorities after verifying their documents. The Indian nationals were freed from the Landhi Jail in Karachi yesterday. They arrived Lahore by a train today morning.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After releasing 87 Indians, we now have a total of 457 more (Indians) in the prison, and most of them are fishermen arrested for territorial violation,” Landhi jail’s deputy superintendent Shakir Shah old The Express Tribune. “Some 86 more Indians are likely to be released on March 20,” he said, adding the 87 Indians had been in jail for more than two years. Fishermen are frequently arrested along with their boats by both India and Pakistan as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined, and many fishing boats lack the technology needed to be certain of their precise location.Some of them spend years in jail before being repatriated. In the past the two nations have released each other’s fishermen as goodwill gestures. Although in December, India and Pakistan had agreed to revive the dialogue process when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Islamabad for a summit, but the same month 66 Indian fishermen were arrested by Pakistan.In January, another 45 Indian fishermen were arrested for allegedly violating Pakistan’s territorial waters.

BSF hands over deaf-mute minor girl to Pakistan Rangers

A five-year-old deaf and mute Pakistani girl, who inadvertently crossed the international border, was handed over to the Pakistani Rangers by Border Security Force.The BSF personnel found the girl in Natha Singh Wala Border Outpost area of under Abohar sector along the international border, Inspector General of BSF, Punjab Frontier, Anil Paliwal said.During questioning, the personnel realised the girl was mute and deaf as she failed to say anything, he said. Later, the Pak Rangers were contacted and the girl was handed over to them, the IG said.

18 additional BSF companies deployed along Pakistan border in Punjab: Govt

Border Security Force (BSF) has recently deployed 18 additional companies along the India-Pakistan International Border in Punjab, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday.”A request was received in August 2015 from the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab regarding increase in deployment of BSF in Gurdaspur sector. Recently, BSF has deployed 18 additional companies on International Border in Punjab,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One BSF company has a strength of about 100 personnel. In a separate reply on the same subject, the Minister said BSF has taken various measures to check infiltration along this border.”Installing laser walls is one of the integrated measures taken by BSF. The laser technology developed by BSF has been designed to cover all the shortcomings experienced in the use of laser wall at various places in the past. The present technology has been found working satisfactorily to cover the un-fenced riverine stretches,” he said.

CRPF, BSF to get new chiefs

Country’s two largest paramilitary forces — CRPF and BSF — will get their new chiefs on Monday. While senior IPS officer and 1981-batch Telangana cadre officer K Durga Prasad will take over as the new Director General of the about 3 lakh personnel-strong CRPF, 1982-batch Rajasthan cadre police officer KK Sharma will head the estimated 2.5 lakh troops of Border Security Force.The government had announced the new chiefs for these two forces early this month. Prasad and Sharma were serving as the deputy chiefs of their respective paramilitaries. While Prasad’s tenure will last till February next year, Sharma will be in office till September, 2018.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While CRPF is the lead anti-Naxal and counter-insurgency operations force, the BSF is entrusted with guarding the Indo-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.

Kiren Rijiju’s chopper with 8 onbaord makes emergency landing at Hindon airbase

A chopper carrying Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and a BJP MP on Tuesday made an emergency landing at Hindon airbase near here following engine trouble after being airborne for nearly 20 minutes. “We are all safe,” Rijiju said.The Minister, along with Lok Sabha member from Tehri-Garhwal Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, had taken off for Tehri on an Mi-17V5 helicopter from capital’s Safdarjung airport. There were eight people on-board the helicopter, including officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and two television journalists.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pilot detected a problem in the engine after around 20 minutes following which he landed the chopper at Hindon under emergency condition. “The pilot then decided to make an emergency landing in the nearby Hindon airbase,” Rijiju said. Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, said he was travelling to Tehri to review disaster preparedness and to meet paramilitary personnel deployed along the Sino-India border.An aircraft of the Border Security Force would now take Rijiju and his entourage to Uttarakhand from Hindon.Ten personnel of the BSF were killed when a small plane of the paramilitary force crashed near the Delhi airport just after take-off in December 2015. All on board the B 200 Super King – three officers and seven senior technicians – were killed.

And the winners are: Assam Regiment, BSF best marching contingents at Republic Day parade

New Delhi: Assam Regiment has been adjudged the best marching contingent in the services category and Border Security Force (BSF) among the para-military and other auxiliary forces which took part in 67th Republic Day parade at the Rajpath.

An official release here on Wednesday said that in the tableau category, the first position was bagged by West Bengal followed by Tripura and Assam.

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This year, a special prize has been awarded to the tableau of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on the theme “Digital India”.

In the competitive category of school children items, the dance presented by South Central Zone Culture Centre, Nagpur (Maharashtra) has been adjudged the best.

A consolation prize has also been awarded to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Gandhi Nagar, Delhi, for their portrayal of traditional folk dance “dal khai”, seen in western Odisha.

The release said that the defence ministry appointed three panels of judges for assessing the marching contingents and the tableaux at the parade held on Tuesday.

IANS

BSF-Pak Rangers exchange sweets on occasion of 67th Republic Day

Despite the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan over the Pathankot attack, the Border Security Forces and the Pakistani Rangers on Tuesday exchanged sweets on the occasion of India?s 67th Republic Day along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab.Defence personnel from both the nations shook hands and exchanged several platters of sweets as they posed for pictures as well. However, Pakistani Rangers had earlier refused to accept the sweets offered by the BSF on the occasion of Eid last year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following which the BSF also refused to offer any sweets to their counterparts along the International Border as a mark of protest against the spate of ceasefire violations along this frontier and also the Line of Control (LoC).

Panels to probe BSF plane and Katra chopper crash formed

The two committees, formed to investigate the crash of a BSF plane and helicopter in Katra, have been given six months to submit their reports.A four-member Committee of Inquiry will investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the crash of a Border Security Force (BSF) Super King Air B200 aircraft after taking off from Palam airport here last month, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 10 people on board the plane, which was to go to Ranchi, were killed in the accident that took place shortly after it take-off on December 22, 2015.The Committee will be headed by by R S Passi, Deputy Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and will have Captain Anant Sethi, Chief Pilot of Madhya Pradesh government, K Ramachandra, Air Safety of AAIB and Raje Bhatnagar of AAIB as its members.Three-member Committee, headed by Yash Pall, former Deputy General Manager (Maintenance) of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, will investigate the chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra in November last year.Seven people, including a woman pilot and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a chopper ferrying them to base camp of over 700-year-old Vaishnodevi shrine on November 23.The Ecureuil AS350 B3 helicopter was being operated by Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd to ferry pilgrims between Katra’s base camp and ‘Sanjhi Chhat’ helipad at the shrine.Both the Committees will make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, the sources said.The Committees can also take the assistance of other experts or agencies whenever required. They will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the central government preferably within six months, they said. The panels, formed late last month, will submit their report in June, the sources said.

Poppy crop in 700 acres destroyed in Malda by security agencies

Security agencies have undertaken a massive drive and destroyed poppy crop spread in about 700 acres in the border town of Malda along the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal.The drive, officials said, has been undertaken from the second week of this month in the area of Sahabajpur Mouza under the Kaliachak police station limits of the said district which is notorious for production of poppy and cross-border narcotics smuggling. “Till now, 1,750 bighas (about 700 acres) of illegal cultivation of poppy has been destroyed by using tractors and other machinery by joint teams of Border Security Force, excise department and local police. A massive drive is on since January 8 in this regard,” they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The said illegal poppy cultivation is rampant in areas of Golapganj, Sahabajpur and Sasani Parbadyanathpur. This poppy is used to manufacture banned narcotics like opium, brown sugar and heroin and a large part of this cache is smuggled across this border.The area in Kaliachak is notorious for smuggling activities, drug cartels and cultivation of poppy and its transport. Last year, the officials said, poppy crop spread in about 5,573 bighas (2,230 acres) was destroyed in Kaliachak and adjoining areas. The BSF undertakes a special vigil to check smuggling of narcotics along the International Border here, they said.The BJP has also raised the issue of fake currency and illicit opium cultivation in this area when a delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday requesting him to intervene and seek a report from the West Bengal Governor on the recent violence in Malda.

Laser walls to cover 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along India-Pakistan border

More than 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the India-Pakistan border will be covered by laser walls soon with the Home Ministry giving it a top priority to check any infiltration of terrorists in the wake of the Pathankot attack.All these riverine stretches located in Punjab will be covered by the laser wall technology developed by Border Security Force to completely eliminate the chances of breach of the international border by Pakistan-based terror groups, a Home Ministry official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. A laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren in case of a breach.As of now, only 5-6 out of around 40 vulnerable points are covered by laser walls. This beam over the river sets off a loud siren in the case of a breach.The suspected infiltration point of Ujj river in Bamiyal used by the six Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists before storming the Pathankot air base was not covered by a laser wall.A camera to keep watch over the 130-metre-wide river bed was found to be not recording the footage.BSF has covered this stretch by putting up a laser wall last week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pathankot air base on January 9.The border guarding force had started putting up laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border last year in Jammu sector, which was more prone to terrorist intrusions till three terrorists carried out attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab in July last year.The terrorists believed to have entered India five kms downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost – a riverine point not covered by a laser wall as well.Bamiyal has BSF posts on either side of the river with a personnel on each post keeping a watch on the river round the clock. The area is also lit up with high mast lights.There is a possibility that the six JeM terrorists might have walked through the dry river bed at night and BSF personnel might have missed them.Officials said Bamiyal is not known as a drug trafficking route as no drugs have been seized here over the past 3-4 years.The BSF has already deployed additional personnel along the border in Punjab and boat patrolling has been intensified, particularly during night.

Suspected ISI spy and ex-IAF personnel Ranjith KK to be produced before Patiala House Court

The Crime Branch had earlier busted a major espionage network involving officials of the armed forces. Five persons were arrested including personnel of Border Security Force and Rashtriya Rifles. With a second espionage case coming to fore, the Crime Branch is not ruling out the possibility of multiple espionage networks in Indian armed forces.

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